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Minister Scullion: $2.76m to reduce family violence in the Riverland

26 Jul 2017

Joint Media Release

Mr Tony Pasin MP, Member for Barker

The Coalition Government will provide up to $2.76 million for a tailored project to address family violence experienced by Indigenous women and children in the Riverland region as well as southern and northern suburbs of Adelaide.  

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, said the funding formed part of the $25 million Indigenous-focused package under the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

“I am pleased to announce this support for the Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation (KWY), a local community service with specialist experience in supporting Indigenous people,” Mr Pasin said.

“As a white ribbon ambassador I understand how important it is to deliver projects like this at a grassroots level.”

Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation CEO, Craig Rigney, said the new service model would enable KWY to offer a unique response and early intervention to family violence in a culturally-appropriate manner.

“This model enables KWY staff to monitor the safety of the Aboriginal women and children in real time. Our multi-disciplinary teams have the ability to instantly communicate with each other which in turn allows for a much-needed rapid response and monitoring of the women’s safety within the family,” Mr Rigney said.

“The model also enables KWY to continue its collaborative work with the homelessness and women’s domestic violence sector in South Australia as we all work towards ending violence against Aboriginal women and children.”

Minister Scullion said in total, $18.9 million would be invested in eight Indigenous community organisations across Australia to deliver a range of services, including trauma-informed therapeutic services for children, services for perpetrators to prevent future offending and intensive family-focused cased management.

“We know that community-based, culturally-appropriate solutions are required to reduce the rate of family violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children,” Minister Scullion said.

“We have actively sought the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on how best to address family violence.

“Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation has been identified based on their expertise, as well as local needs in the community.

“I commend KWY for its important work, and look forward to hearing more as its project progresses.” 

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