Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program Funding Success

Funding success for MMIC on an interdisciplinary 2-year project that will develop place-based strategies that enhance feelings of safety and inclusion for women and migrants in Victoria.

We congratulate chief investigators Professor Rebecca Wickes, Professor Alex Piquero, Associate Professor Silke Meyer, Associate Professor Nicole Kalms (Monash Arts, Design and Architecture (MADA) XYX Lab), Dr Gill Matthewson (MADA XYX Lab), Professor Murray Lee (University of Sydney), Dr Charishma Ratnam and Rebecca Powell on their recent Victorian Government funding success. The successfully funded project ‘Feeling safe in public places: Co-designing community safety strategies in Local Government Areas’ is a 2-year project that will develop innovative place-based strategies that enhance feelings of safety and inclusion and prevent crime and victimisation in public spaces for women and migrants in Victoria. Funding has been awarded from the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program.

The project centres on a co-design approach, bringing together representatives from local government and community sectors, including representatives from Melton City Council, Monash City Council, Wyndham City Council, Welcoming Cities, local business owners and local community members including women and migrants, who have deep community knowledge, understandings and experiences of safety and inclusion in public places. Through collaboration with these different stakeholders, the project aims to create an evidence base of women and migrant’s experiences of safety that can lead to effective crime prevention practices that are place-based and socially and culturally relevant. An accessible toolkit will be developed for all Victorian councils and community organisations with recommendations on the process of working with diverse groups to understand and improve safe and inclusive neighbourhood spaces.