The Family Peace Foundation Mission
The Social Problem:
Over one million Australian children are raised in family violence.
Highly credible evidence shows that in most cases family violence has its roots in excessive family conflict which comes from contributing factors such as excessive alcohol, financial stress, lack of respectful relationships, social and emotional incompetence and lack of family rituals.
The Family Peace Foundation’s contribution to the solution is to strengthen families, through evidence based education, by providing willing and able parents with the skills knowledge and strategies on how to avoid or eliminate excessive conflict in their homes and thus protecting them and their children from the devastating effects of family violence.
The Foundation’s education content is delivered via brief communication across all mainstream media including radio, television, press, billboards and online**.
The Foundations prolific education messages also have the added critical benefit of ensuring that both public and Government focus will not diminish until this chronic social problem is solved.
Furthermore, the Foundation’s website contains a reference library of all the evidence, which underpins its educational programs. The website also provides links to support agencies for those seeking professional help.
The Foundation is an independent and secular organization, funded over the long term via tax-deductible donations from the general public, businesses and philanthropic benefactors.
This independent operating model ensures the Foundation will be able to constantly and efficiently deliver its vital programs over the 20 to 30 year timetable that it envisages it will take to permanently break the intergenerational cycle of family violence.
The Foundation’s business like disciplines ensure that every dollar that is raised and invested produces outstanding results in the minds of all donors who are the life blood of the Foundation.
The Foundation is run by a highly credible, experienced and diverse board of directors with a broad range of appropriate skills. Furthermore, the Foundation’s evidence based education programs are produced under the guidance of highly regarded child, adolescent, relationship and family psychologists and community service sector professionals.
The key measure to success, as for all in the sector, will be when family violence statistics are a small fraction of their 2017 numbers.
The Foundation, in conjunction with Deakin University, conducts and publishes annually the nationwide Family Peace Foundation Survey together with key statistical data to gauge the ongoing impact of its contribution to the solution.
Ultimately, success will mean that over time as the vast majority of homes across the nation become more peaceful – schools, workplaces and communities will follow suit leading to a more peaceful, safe, secure and prosperous society for all future generations of Australian children.
The Family Peace Foundation’s sole focus is to work towards peaceful upbringings for every Australian child and in time to sponsor the launching of similar organisations in other countries run and financed by people from those nations who share the same values and beliefs as their Australian counterparts.
* This mission is in many respects an aspirational work in progress. Over time it is the Foundation’s primary goal to turn this mission into reality in every respect.
** (Public education via brief communication methodology has been used extensively around the world to effect positive social change. In Victoria, the TAC’s use of brief communication has successfully contributed to the dramatic reduction of the road toll over the past forty years.)