Breaking the Intergenerational Cycle of Family & Domestic Violence

Our vision

Our vision is to break the Intergenerational cycle of Family and Domestic Violence. 

Our mission

Mobilizes the organizational capacity of Rotary and its members to support agencies and services that provide safety and empowerment to people escaping Domestic and Family Violence (DFV).

Path of Hope a Rotary driven project

Path of Hope is an approach that mobilizes the organizational capacity of Rotarians to support agencies and services that provide safety and empowerment to women and their children escaping family and domestic violence (FDV)[1]

In 2008 two friends offered to volunteer at a Salvation Army women’s safe house in Perth Western Australia.  These two women were members of the Rotary Club of Perth and, with the generous support of the club and the guidance of Salvation Army leaders, developed a strategy to support the Salvation Army’s work with survivors of FDV.  In 2013 Path of Hope was formally launched as a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Perth and the Salvation Army in Western Australia.

Violence[2] in families, and between intimate partners, has lasting impacts upon those being abused, those perpetrating the violence, and those witnessing it. The violence can take many forms but the outcomes for those who are subjected to it is fear, and loss of control of their lives.It is now accepted that violence within the home must be confronted in the same way that violence between strangers is confronted and that vulnerable people within families are deserving of, and have a right to, community protection. The impact upon the wellbeing of the person experiencing the violence can be profound, and life threatening.Children in these families are at risk of developing post-traumatic stress and developmental disorders.These disorders can deliver a lifetime of emotional and economic cost to the individual and the community. The capacity to be violent to a loved one is a learned behavior and there is also a risk that those who grown up with it will continue the behavior in their own families. This is the cycle that needs to be broken.

[1] The term ‘Family and Domestic Violence' is used to acknowledge the wide range of abusive behaviours committed in the context of relationships such as those involving family members, children, partners, ex-partners, or caregivers that may cause women to be subjugated, lose control of their lives or live in fear.

[2] The violence can include many types of behaviours or threats, including: physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse and intimidation, economic and social deprivation, damage of personal property and abuse of power.