The Coalition Government will provide up to $2.4 million for a tailored project to address family violence experienced by Indigenous women and children in Katherine.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, 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 Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service, a local community service with specialist experience in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families,” Minister Scullion said.
“The funding will deliver culturally safe and trauma-informed intensive family-focused case management services.”
Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service CEO, Suzi Berto, said the project would provide intensive family-focused case management delivered within a trauma-informed framework to address behaviour often associated with domestic violence. It would also aim to break the cycle of domestic and family violence and child removals from families.
“Wurli welcomes this new programme and would like to thank the Federal Government for selecting Wurli to take on this particular project,” Ms Berto said.
Minister Scullion said community-based, culturally-appropriate solutions were required to reduce the rate of family violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.
“In total, $18.9 million will 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 have actively sought the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on how best to address family violence.
“Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service has been identified based on its expertise, as well as local needs in the community.
“I commend Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service for its important work, and look forward to hearing more as the organisation’s project progresses.”