Creating Safer Communities: Investing in Programs to Prevent Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence

Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield today announced the six successful organisations that have been funded through the first round of the Safe, Respected, and Free from Violence Prevention Fund.

The Fund supports local projects, including pilot programs, which employ good practice, evidence-based prevention and early intervention strategies to break the generational cycle of domestic, family, and sexual violence. The funding pool is $300,000 per year ongoing.

The successful prevention programs will be carried out across the Territory with projects in Darwin, Palmerston, Lajamanu, Galiwinku, Alice Springs and Central Australia, Tennant Creek and the Barkly.

The six successful recipients are:

Alice Springs Womens Shelter for program Talking Pictures, Talking Respect

North Australia Aboriginal Justice Agency for program Kungas Stopping Violence on Social Media

Danila Dilba Health Service for program Healthy Relationship Resources for Young People

Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Organisation for program Mums Can, Dads Can Project

World Vision Australia for program Channels of Hope for Gender Lajamanu

Miwatj Health Aboriginal Organisation for program Lets Talk About It: Consent and Respectful Relationships

The Prevention Fund is part of the Territory Labor Governments Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018-2028. Applications for the next round of funding will open in late 2018.

As stated by Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield

“Domestic, family, and sexual violence has a devastating impact on families and our community. Evidence shows us that this serious and life threatening problem is preventable.

The Territory Labor Government is putting victims first and investing in key areas that will create generational change. That is why a key strategy for us in tackling this issue is through investment in prevention programs.

The recipients from this round of the Safe, Respected and Free from Violence Prevention Fund have a focus on social and cultural change. They also challenge systemic racism and inequality. Domestic, family and sexual violence must not be tolerated.

I call on the new Commonwealth Government to work with the Territory Government, invest in solutions and put victims first.

As stated by Maree Corbo, Program Manager, Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Organisation

The Mums Can, Dads Can Project explores a primary prevention approach to addressing the gender inequity at the heart of domestic, family and sexual violence in Central Australian Aboriginal communities.

We will be working with Town Camp members with an aim of preventing violence before it occurs with a multipronged, community led, and strengths based campaign. The campaign will promote gender equity, respectful relationships and equal parenting through the creation of culturally appropriate and accessible resources, community workshops and merchandise.

As stated by Priscilla Atkins, CEO, North Australia Aboriginal Justice Agency

Everyone regardless of their sex, religion, race, nationality, language, living arrangements or relationships, has the right to live free from the fear of violence and be safe.

This investment in cultural change will make long term changes in the community and we welcome the NT Governments commitment to addressing domestic and family violence.

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