The Government of the Northern Territories has awarded 10 anti-violence programs a total of $5.1 million in funding as part of a new initiative to address 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 Interagency Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Coordination and Reform Office (DFSV-ICRO) has also been established to facilitate and oversee the distribution of grants to be invested within three years among fund recipients.
“Budget 2022 provides $54 million to address domestic, family and sexual violence nationwide,” said Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Prevention Minister Kate Worden. “To achieve this, we have established the Interagency Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Coordination and Reform Office.”
Ms. Worden said DFSV-ICRO will ensure that the funding brings about substantial, practical and meaningful change.
DFSV-ICRO is responsible for facilitating coordination with relevant agencies in reducing rates of domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV) in the territory.
Office staff will include key senior staff from relevant Territory government agencies such as Territory Families, Housing and Communities; Northern Territories Police Fire and Emergency Services; Attorney General and Justice; and the Ministries of Health and Education, the government said.
Projects approved for the $5.1 million grant aim to establish local cultural mechanisms to prevent domestic, family and sexual violence in remote Indigenous communities, and also include the music and entertainment industry.
Successful projects include:
- Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation – funding a Family Safety Youth Group that will provide training and mentorship to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls in the Alice Springs Municipal 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 delivering 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 true community understanding of the effects of domestic, family and sexual violence;
- Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation – to build the capacity of community elders and women leaders to address issues related to community violence;
- MusicNT Incorporated – to support the All Good Project, which works with music venues and festivals across NT to create safer spaces for staff, performers and patrons;
- UMNT Incorporated – will use the grant to establish a primary prevention program that raises awareness of violence against women within the multicultural community and empowers women of diverse cultures and languages through skills building;
- Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Aboriginal Corporation – which will help develop an evidence-based approach to respectful relationship workshops for yuṯa Yolŋu (young adults);
- World Vision Australia – will work with Channels of Hope for Gender, in partnership with the Lajamanu community to bring about long-term social and cultural change by addressing the drivers of domestic, family and sexual violence; and
- YWCA Australia – will use the Amplifying Voices Fund, a leadership program aimed at engaging young women and people of diverse gender identities to exercise their lived expertise on domestic, family and sexual violence.
“Domestic violence affects too many women and children – it’s not enough and we all need to do more to stop it,” Ms Worden said.
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