$5.1m in grants to curb domestic, family and sexual violence in the NT

by | Jun 13, 2022 | News | 0 comments

The NT Government has granted 10 anti-violence programs a total of $5.1 million in funds as part of a new initiative to fight domestic and sexual violence across the Territory.

The grants are part of the government’s Safe, Respected and Free from Violence Primary Prevention Initiative.

A new Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Interagency Coordination and Reform Office (DFSV-ICRO) has also been created to facilitate and oversee the distribution of the grants which will be invested within three years among the funding recipients.

“Budget 2022 has $54 million dedicated to curbing domestic, family and sexual violence across the Territory,” Minister for the Prevention of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Kate Worden said. “To help achieve this we have set up the Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Interagency Coordination and Reform Office.”

Ms Worden said the DFSV-ICRO will ensure that the funding delivers substantial, practical and meaningful change.

The DFSV-ICRO is tasked to simplify coordination with the concerned agencies in reducing rates of domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV) in the Territory.

The office’s staffing will include key senior officers from appropriate Territory Government agencies such as Territory Families, Housing and Communities; NT Police Fire and Emergency Services; Attorney-General and Justice; and the Departments of Health and Education, the government said.

The approved projects for the $5.1 million grant target putting in place local cultural mechanisms to prevent domestic and family and sexual violence in remote Aboriginal communities, and also includes the music and entertainment industry.

Successful projects include:

  • Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation – funding for a Youth Family Safety Group that will provide training and mentoring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls from Alice Springs Town Camps;
  • Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation – for multi-day gatherings on healing work, Anangu-led trauma awareness and mediation training;
  • Equal Research Pty Ltd – for the delivery of its ‘U Right Sis?’ Staying Safe Online project;
  • Galiwin’ku Women’s Space – to engage a Primary Prevention Practitioner and Yolngu Support workers to develop a real community understanding of domestic, family and sexual violence effects;
  • Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation – to build capacity for community Elders and women leaders to address the issues relating to community violence;
  • MusicNT Incorporated – to support the All Good Project, which works with live music venues and festivals across NT to make safer spaces for staff, performers and patrons;
  • UMNT Incorporated – will be using the grant to set up a primary prevention program creating awareness about violence against women within the multicultural community and empowering culturally and linguistically diverse women through skill-building;
  • Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Aboriginal Corporation – which will assist in the development of an evidence-based approach to respectful relationships workshops for yuṯa Yolŋu (young adults);
  • World Vision Australia – will be working with Channels of Hope for Gender, in partnership with the Lajamanu community to deliver long-term social and cultural change by addressing the drivers of domestic, family and sexual violence; and
  • YWCA Australia – will use the fund Amplifying Voices, a leadership program with aims to engage young women and gender-diverse people to exercise their lived expertise of domestic, family and sexual violence.

“Domestic violence is impacting too many women and children – it is not good enough and we all need to do more to stop it,” Ms Worden said.

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