The Coalition Government will provide up to $2.98 million for a tailored project to address family violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, 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 Victorian Aboriginal Childcare Agency (VACCA), a local community service with specialist experience in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families,” Minister Scullion said.
“The funding will deliver a culturally-safe and trauma-informed service to assist Indigenous children and their families impacted by family violence, drawing upon therapeutic counselling, activity-based groups and family therapy.”
VACCA Chief Executive Officer, Professor Muriel Bamblett, said: “VACCA is pleased to announce that we will be developing a number of new programmes which put healing and connection to culture at the centre of working with Aboriginal men, women, children and families who are impacted by family violence.
“We will be providing a combination of individual support, group based healing and family healing that responds to what each individual and family needs. Through the programmes we are further developing an evidence-informed basis for culturally-therapeutic responses relevant to the local community. We also plan to develop Aboriginal-informed approaches, resources and models throughout the programme.
“The programmes will commence delivery in the second half of this year. We look forward to the expansion of our current work in family violence.”
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.
“VACCA has been identified based on its expertise, as well as local needs in the community.
“I commend VACCA for its important work, and look forward to hearing more as the organisation’s project progresses.”