A range of innovative projects will be rolled out across Western Australia under a new State Government initiative to help stop family and domestic violence before it starts.
Almost $3 million made available under the Family and Domestic Violence Primary Prevention Grants Program will be allocated to 17 WA organisations.
Violence against women is serious, prevalent, and driven by gender inequality. The program will fund initiatives that target the drivers of family and domestic violence, to enable social and structural change that over time will create lasting results.
The grant recipients represent a wide variety of organisations located across WA including Perth, Peel, Great Southern, South-West, Kimberley, Mid-West and Pilbara.
Project settings and audiences include local governments, youth, small-to-medium enterprises, Aboriginal men as social media influencers, young people in refuges, English as a Second Language (ESL) schools, early childhood settings and secondary schools.
The Family and Domestic Violence Primary Prevention Grants Program recipients have been announced during the State Government’s annual 16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women campaign.
This initiative underscores the importance of community-led action to prevent violence against women, including family, domestic and sexual violence.
The program aligns with the McGowan Government’s long-term plan for a WA, where all people live free from violence – Path to Safety: Western Australia’s Strategy to Reduce Family and Domestic Violence 2020-2030.
The successful recipients will deliver the following projects:
- Zonta House Refuge: Partnering in Prevention;
- Australian Red Cross: Roads2respect;
- Mens Outreach Service Aboriginal Corporation: Dijun Way ;
- University of WA: Midwest Aboriginal Men’s Empowerment Project;
- Amity Health: Central Great Southern Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Collaborative;
- Patricia Giles Centre: Northern Corridor Primary Prevention Project;
- Waratah Support Centre: Get Your ‘Act’ Together!;
- Ruah Community Services;
- The Salvation Army: Primary Prevention in Workplaces Pilot;
- Anglicare WA: FDV Awareness Training for Perth Metro Local Governments;
- Desert Blue Connect: Mid West Early Years Gender Equality Project;
- Anglicare WA: It Only Takes One: Healthy Relationships primary prevention and advocacy in schools;
- Anglicare WA: # ActTogether against Family Violence;
- Health Communication Resources: Empowering community voice in Community, Respect and Equality;
- Innovation Unit Australia New Zealand: Youth Co-Design for FDV Prevention;
- Financial Toolbox Women at Risk Trust: The Challenging Drivers of Violence Against Women Project; and
- Sexual Health Quarters: Finding My Voice.
As stated by Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk:
“By addressing the underlying attitudes that drive family and domestic violence, we can make a difference.
“While investment in crisis responses and early intervention remain critically important, they cannot exist in isolation. We can all do our bit to call out bad behaviour and stop the violence before it starts.
“This funding is so important to help spread the message at a community level that if we all work together we can make a difference.”