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Minister Scullion: Coalition to invest $25 million in frontline services to address Indigenous family violence

19 Jul 2017

The Coalition 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.

Speaking at Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation’s premises in Adelaide today, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, 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 Coalition 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.

“Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation (KWY) is one of the eight Indigenous community organisations to be supported through this investment. KWY is a local community service with specialist experience in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

“KWY will receive $2.76 million through to the end of 2018-19 to deliver culturally safe and trauma-informed intensive family-focused case management services and a mix of therapeutic interventions for men, women and children.

“The new services will be provided in northern and southern districts of Adelaide and the Riverland.

“Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation has been funded based on its expertise as well as the needs of the local community. I commend KWY for its important work and look forward to hearing more as its project progresses.”

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 the Government would 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.

“We have actively sought the views of First Australians on how best to address family violence. The services have been identified based on local needs and advice from the grassroots level.

“I’m also pleased to announce that We Al-Ii, a specialist Indigenous organisation, will receive $848,289 to develop and deliver trauma-informed training to all 14 Family Violence Prevention Legal Services across Australia. The Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Secretariat will also receive $300,000 to assist with implementing this training.

“Funding for Family Violence Prevention Legal Services is in addition to the base funding of more than $92 million over four years for these specialist legal services nationwide.

“These services provide culturally-appropriate support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women across the nation. This project will help to build their capacity to continue this invaluable work.”

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. This, in turn, will inform how to best provide further targeted investment to prevent family and domestic violence in the future.

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