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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]

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Executive Summary

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 Enforcement Studies.

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 programs.

A project officer was engaged to conduct the project in four stages:

1. Undertake a review of relevant research and programs (Australian and international)

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 workshop delivery.

Item Details

Item Type:Contract Report
Keywords:prevention violent extremism
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Terrorism
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Multicultural services
UTAS Author:Campbell, D (Dr Danielle Campbell)
UTAS Author:Julian, R (Professor Roberta Julian)
UTAS Author:Winter, R (Dr Romy Winter)
UTAS Author:MacCarrick, G (Professor Geraldine MacCarrick)
ID Code:145499
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-07-23
Last Modified:2021-08-03
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