23 May 2018
Minister for Territory Families
Domestic, family, and sexual violence is a serious and life threatening problem that crosses all ages, cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. It is also a problem that is preventable.
Today the Territory Labor Government launched the Safe, Respected and Free from Violence Prevention Fund. The fund will support prevention programs from eligible organisations and individuals.
The total funding pool is $300,000 and is recurrent. This year, as part of the Tennant Creek Action Plan, $150,000 was allocated to prevention programs for Tennant Creek. The remaining fund is now available for organisations and individuals to apply.
Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield said that the Territory Government is putting victims first and investing in key areas that will create generational change.
“Domestic, family, and sexual violence has a devastating impact on families and our community. Evidence shows us that it is preventable. That is why a key strategy for us in tackling this issue is through investment in prevention programs,” Ms Wakefield said.
“For Territory women, violence is the single largest driver for homelessness and is a major factor in children entering the child protection and youth justice systems. To create generational change, we are breaking the cycles of family vulnerability, violence and offending.
“We are putting victims first and that is why we passed key legislation last year to make women and children safer – such as the DVO Mutual Recognition Bill, to recognise DVOs across state borders. We also passed the Body-worn Video and Domestic Violence Evidence Bill – to make it easier for police footage to be used in court to protect families and children.
“The Territory Labor Government has also invested three million dollars into building modifications to the Alice Spring Court, to establish and pilot a specialist domestic and family violence court.
“Perpetrators will also be held accountable and given access to programs that will change behaviour.”
The Prevention Fund is part of the Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018-2028 launched in December last year. The Framework identified areas where Government needs to invest to make a difference. The areas include prevention, early intervention, and safety and recovery for women and children and victims of domestic and family violence.
As part of the Framework action plan, The Territory Government will also:
• Provide $450,000 to develop an integrated and specialist domestic, family and sexual violence hub model for Tennant Creek to support women and their children in the Barkly region.
• Ensure the Northern Territory Public Service leads the way for Territory employers on domestic, family, and sexual violence, including paid leave.
• Support the continuation of the Family Safety Framework across the regions, providing intensive interventions and support for high risk victims of domestic and family violence.
The Prevention Fund will close on 11 June 2018. Application forms are available at www.territoryfamilies.nt.gov.au
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