The Government will provide $25 million to frontline Indigenous organisations and Family Violence Prevention Legal Services to address family violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.
The $25 million investment forms the Government’s Indigenous-focused package under the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, said the Government recognised that community-based, culturally-appropriate solutions were required to reduce the rate of family violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.
“The Government will invest $19 million in eight Indigenous community organisations to deliver a range of services, including trauma-informed therapeutic services for children, services for perpetrators to prevent future offending and intensive family-focused case management,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Government will also provide $3.5 million to six Family Violence Prevention Legal Services to deliver holistic, case-managed crisis support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experiencing family violence.”
The remainder of Third Action Plan funding, $1.38 million, will be used to help providers develop, monitor and evaluate the projects. This will contribute to the evidence base to better understand what works to reduce Indigenous family violence.
The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 is available on the Department of Social Services website.