Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Grants support First Nations service providers

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Eligible service providers can now apply for a share in the Palaszczuk Government’s $140,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Grants 2021.

As part of Queensland’s Domestic and Family Prevention Month, Minister for Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Craig Crawford has launched the grants program to boost local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services providers in the prevention of domestic and family violence.

“Domestic and family violence is never acceptable and does not discriminate between age or culture. However, we know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families are disproportionally impacted by domestic and family violence. The grants will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders and service providers to design and deliver culturally appropriate support tailored to First Nations families and individuals, promote safety and build local capacity,” Mr Crawford said.

“All Queenslanders should have the opportunity to thrive in a safe family and home environment.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders to address the causes, prevalence and impacts of domestic and family violence.”

Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said every Queenslander has a role to play in tackling domestic and family violence and encouraged organisations to apply for these new grants.

“Sadly, we know in Queensland First Nation’s women are disproportionately victims of domestic and family violence compared to non-Indigenous women,” Minister Fentiman said.

“These grants will support our hardworking domestic and family violence services to provide much needed culturally appropriate support for our First Nation’s women and families,” she said.

Grants are open for eligible locations — Brisbane North, Caboolture, Cairns, Cherbourg, Ipswich, Logan/Beenleigh, Mackay and Mount Isa.

Applications close Monday 31 May 2021.

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