The Coalition Government will provide $825,018 to support the North Australia Aboriginal Family Legal Service in its work to address family violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children in the Northern Territory.
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.
“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 North Australia Aboriginal Family Legal Service to hire an additional three trauma counsellors to provide intensive support to victims of family and domestic violence.”
North Australia Aboriginal Family Legal Service CEO, Tony Lane, said: “The funding approved by the Minister will allow NAAFLS to provide trauma counsellors to 11 remote communities in the Top End of the Northern Territory to assist Indigenous families who have been exposed to family violence, with the main objective of providing culturally appropriate trauma support to the whole family.”
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 North Australia Aboriginal Family Legal Service has been identified based on its expertise, as well as local needs in the community. I commend it for its important work in the Northern Territory.”