Victorian Early Years Awards recognises MABELS Project success
Eastern Community Legal Centre and partners were announced winners at the Victorian Early Years Awards 2016 in the Creating Collaborative Community partnerships category.
The award recognises the work of The MABELS Project, a health justice partnership between ECLC, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS), Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS), Maroondah City Council and Yarra Ranges Council.
The MABELS Project addresses the safety and wellbeing of women and children by providing an integrated response to family violence onsite at multiple local health clinics.
Typically, women’s initial contact with family violence services occurs through police, lawyers and courts, often at a point of significant crisis. The MABELS Project partnership enables women to receive advice and assistance at a much earlier point in their experience of family violence, before that crisis point is reached.
In its first year of operation (2015 – 2016) MABELS received 146 referrals from the two Local Government Areas it services. This is significantly higher than the number of referrals issued through comparable health services in Victoria, which is a testament to
the project’s success.
The award was presented by Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos at the Department of Education and Training’s Victorian Early Years Awards, held October 18 at the National Gallery of Victoria. A video of award highlights can be viewed here.