The Coalition Government will provide $352,739 to support the NPY Women’s Council in its work to address family violence experienced by Indigenous women and children in the NPY region.
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.
“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.
“This funding will enable the NPY Women’s Council to hire an additional senior case worker who specialises in trauma-informed narrative therapy to provide intensive support to victims of family and domestic violence with complex issues.”
NPY Women’s Council acting CEO, Liza Balmer, said: “We welcome the opportunity to develop a more specialised response for Indigenous women with complex needs. It will help us to provide a more holistic and trauma-informed service to victims of violence in the NPY region.”
Minister Scullion also announced that We Al-li, a specialist Indigenous organisation would 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.
“This funding is in addition to the base funding of more than $92 million over four years for all 14 Family Violence Prevention Legal Services nationwide,” Minister Scullion said.
“We have actively sought the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on how best to address family violence. The NPY Women’s Council has been identified based on its expertise, as well as local needs in the community. I commend it for its important work in the NPY region.”