What, Why, How
Greater Charitable Foundation funding is supporting Tantrum’s Opening Doors interactive performance and workshop program for young people aged 15-18 years throughout New South Wales. This program aims to educate and empower young people with increased knowledge around the causes and impacts of domestic family violence and the avenues of support available to them if they are experiencing these issues.
Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is the leading cause of death for Australian women under 45 years old and each week at least one woman dies in Australia at the hands of a current or former partner. While public awareness of domestic and family violence is increasing, reporting rates are still far below actual incidence rates.
Opening Doors consists of a performance and forum presented by professional actors and supported by input from police officers, solicitors, counsellors and support service providers through a partnership with Cooperative Legal Service Delivery (CLSD). The performance is interactive and directly engages students in a conversation about the situations portrayed in the play and provides them with the opportunity to actively problem-solve and explore avenues of support through the flexible structure of the play.
Each performance of Opening Doors is followed by a forum where students discuss and reflect on the issues presented in the performance and have the opportunity to seek additional information from the legal and social service providers there on the day.
This direct access to further services and supports could provide these young people with potentially life-saving information about how to take action if they are experiencing domestic family violence.