Joint Media Release with Member for Durack Ms Melissa Price MP
The Coalition Government will provide up to $1.36 million for a tailored project to address family violence experienced by Indigenous women and children in Broome.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Durack, Melissa Price, said the funding formed part of the $25 million Indigenous-focused package under the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Women and their Children 2010-2022.
“I am pleased to announce this support for the Men’s Outreach Service, a Broome- based community service with specialist experience in supporting Indigenous families,” Ms Price said.
“The funding will deliver culturally safe and trauma-informed services for men who use violence to encourage behaviour change, increasing perpetrator accountability, and addressing underlying issues.
“Domestic violence is a scourge across the Kimberley, and I am very pleased to be part of a government taking action on the root causes of domestic violence.
“It is obvious to everyone who lives and works in the Kimberley that domestic violence in the indigenous community has reached a frightening level, and it is important to have this service to encourage men to change their behaviour, and end those cycles of violence and social disorder.”
Men’s Outreach Service CEO, Peter Mitchell, said: “Broome has a very high rate of family violence. Our new programme will add a new dimension to existing services by working with our men and their families in a safe and culturally secure way that both challenges attitudes and identifies strengths, within themselves, and in family and community, to support them to provide a safer environment for their partner 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.
“The Men’s Outreach Service has been identified based on its expertise, as well as local needs in the community.
“I commend the Men’s Outreach Service for its important work, and look forward to hearing more as its project progresses.”