Joint Media Release with Member for Durack Ms Melissa Price MP
The Australian Government will provide $462,060 to support Marninwarntikurra Women’s Resource Centre in their work to address family violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children in the Fitzroy Valley.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said the funding forms 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.
“This funding will enable Marninwarntikurra Women’s Resource Centre to hire a trauma counsellor and social worker to provide intensive support to victims of family and domestic violence.
“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,” said Minister Scullion.
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said she was pleased to be part of a government that took family and domestic violence seriously.
“We know that domestic violence rates in the Indigenous community are substantially higher than the rest of the country, and that is something I just cannot accept” Ms Price said.
“We need to be doing absolutely everything that is in our power as a government to protect Indigenous women and children, and ensuring that those children in particular are given the best possible start in life.”
Minister Scullion also announced that We Al-li, a specialist Indigenous organisation will 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.
“We have actively sought the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on how best to address family violence. Marninwarntikurra Women’s Resource Centre has been identified based on their expertise, as well as local needs in the community. I commend them for their important work in Fitzroy Crossing.