Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre (Aboriginal Corporation) has been awarded $150,000 from the Commonwealth Government to help address domestic and family violence.
The Building Safe Communities for Women grant will bring together significant women to identify what a safe region looks like and drive and deliver a whole-of-community harm free society strategy.
Member for Durack Melissa Price said the funding will contribute to making a practical and sustained difference to the lives of women experiencing violence through the Women building be-longing project.
“We should all be working together to end the prevalence of domestic violence in Australia,” Ms Price said. “One in six Australian women has experienced violence from a current or former partner.”
“Over 18 months five full day workshops and smaller focus groups will be undertaken, designed to be managed by a group of Indigenous leaders supported by staff experienced in running broad-scale community initiatives, promoting and enhancing safety and wellbeing of women and children.”
“Workshops will follow an action based research and include local knowledge to guide participants through sessions. The out-come: better collaboration across the region in sustaining and implementing strength based activities and long-term preventative strategies.”
“This grant recognises that we all must work together – governments, organisations and communities – to support women and their children experiencing violence, and to prevent it from happening in the first place.”
The funding for the Building Safe Communities for Women grant is a Commonwealth Government initiative under the National Plan to reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.