Constable Care Child Safety Foundation last night unveiled a new theatre-in-education program for schools to tackle the growing statistics surrounding domestic violence in WA at an exclusive stakeholder preview at the WA Ballet Centre.
The Foundation showcased its new secondary school production, Control Freak, by Theatrical Response Group (TRG), the youth performance arm of the Foundation formed in 2014 to address social issues affecting WA’s teenagers. Through the TRG program and the use of forum theatre, young people are provided with the opportunity to develop and rehearse responses to social scenarios they may face outside the classroom such as isolation, cyber bullying, peer pressure, alcohol, drugs and exposure to domestic violence.
Last September, domestic violence was made a national priority by the Australian Government and TRG’s newest performance addresses this confronting issue by focussing on averting the behaviours that lead to violent relationships. The four-actor play has been devised in consultation with a panel of leading experts in the field of domestic violence prevention including Dr Colleen Fisher (Head of School of Heath at University of WA), staff from Patricia Giles Centre (Women’s Refuge) and the WA Police Family and Violence State Coordination Unit.
Provocative, confronting and authentic, Control Freak highlights the small controlling behaviours that can lead to serious domestic violence crimes later in life. The skilled TRG actors interact with the youth audience to generate an open dialogue which ultimately devises alternative solutions to controlling behaviour in order to build positive, healthy relationships.
Constable Care Child Safety Foundation CEO, David Gribble, explains “There is a great need for education surrounding controlling behaviours and we are proud to be one of the only organisations providing this teaching to prevent the horrific domestic violence crimes we see in society today. The messages within this program will make a significant difference to the lives of young people across the state.”