Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has told the Sydney launch of a Domestic Violence Action Plan that the Government will stand with all men and women, including those in Indigenous communities, to combat violence.
The Parramatta Eels Domestic Violence Action Plan has been launched at Pirtek Park in Sydney today as part of the NRL’s Women in League round.
Minister Scullion attended the launch on behalf of the Prime Minister and praised the Parramatta Eels for their efforts to stamp out domestic violence.
“Indigenous women are 34 times more likely than non-Indigenous women to be hospitalised for non-fatal family violence,” Minister Scullion said.
“This figure is far too high and the Government is funding a range of initiatives to reduce the incidence of domestic violence in Indigenous communities.
“Through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy grant round, the Government is maintaining funding for all current family violence prevention legal service providers, and expanding services in the Top End.
“These organisations provide culturally appropriate legal services and assistance to Indigenous victims of family violence or sexual assault and the Government also funds 13 women’s safe houses in the Northern Territory.
“Across the country, the Government provided more than $68 million for Indigenous alcohol and other drug treatment services, and $6 million to the Northern Territory Government for the Domestic and Family Violence Reduction Strategy through to 2017.”
Minister Scullion said the key drivers of violence in Indigenous communities, including family violence, were alcohol and substance misuse, child abuse and neglect, poor school attendance and low employment levels.
“That is why the Government is focused on getting kids to school, adults into work and ensuring the law of the land applies in Indigenous communities as it does elsewhere.”
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2015-05-16 DV media release.pdf