Evaluation of mothers’ circle: empowering women to counter violent extremism (CVE) within families and communities - Final report
Campbell, D and Julian, R and Winter, R and MacCarrick, G, Evaluation of mothers' circle: empowering women to counter violent extremism (CVE) within families and communities - Final report, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES), Australia (2020) [Contract Report]
This report represents an evaluation of a pilot of an Australian version of
the Mothers’ Circle project, undertaken by The Phoenix Centre in Hobart,
commissioned by the Department of Police and Emergency Management
(Tasmania) with funding from the Department of Home Affairs. This
Mothers’ Circle project ran from August 2019 to June 2020. The
evaluation has been undertaken by the Tasmanian Institute of Law
The concept of Mothers’ Circle developed in recognition that women may
be an untapped resource in building resilient families and communities1,
the program sought to harness the potential of women, particularly
women who have arrived on Women at Risk (204) visas in countering
violent extremism in their families and communities.
The specific objectives and expected outcomes of the Mothers’ Circle
program were to:
1. empower women as key influences in families and communities.
2. empower and engage women to recognise and confront behaviour
which reflects or may lead to violent extremism.
3. contribute to the development of communities and individuals who
are resilient to violent extremism.
4. possibly identify young people at risk and divert them to support
A project officer was engaged to conduct the project in four stages:
1. Undertake a review of relevant research and programs (Australian
2. Develop program content and resources
3. Delivery of an eight week program to two groups of mothers (in
Hobart and Launceston)
4. Action research/Program evaluation.
Program content covered topics including child and adolescent
development, parenting skills and attachment, gender equality,
embracing values of tolerance and inclusiveness and forging peaceful
relations with others, social media and the internet, challenging extremist
narratives, warning signs and help seeking.
This evaluation report has been informed by interviews and feedback from
participants and bicultural workers, and from the observations of 80% of