Building stronger and safer communities for everyone

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter together with Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash announced that local communities across Australia would be sharing in an extra $1.7 million in funding from the Coalition Government to develop community projects to help reduce violence against women and their children though the Building Safe Communities for Women grants.

“Each successful project receiving a Building Safe Communities for Women grant will receive up to $75,000 per year to develop local solutions that meet the individual needs of each community,” Mr Porter said.

“This could include communicating about violence in relationships, raising awareness about the impacts of violence against women, or building community networks to support women experiencing violence.

“Koolkuna Safe Communities Project run by the Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services is one of the successful grant recipients that provides services and safe haven to those in need within the Pearce community.”

Koolkuna is a not-for-profit community organisation that provides services to families in the region experiencing domestic and family violence. Services include the provision of women’s refuge, supported housing, outreach programs and a domestic violence advocacy service.

Late last year the Coalition Government provided grants to 28 projects across the country, including crisis accommodation, education programmes and prevention initiatives.

This funding will support an additional 12 projects, which have been selected from existing shortlisted applications.

“We can all play a role in protecting and supporting women and children and building safer places to live,” Mr Porter said.

“The Coalition Government is unwavering in its commitment to keeping women and children safe in their homes and in their communities.”

More information regarding the Building Safe Communities for Women grants can be found at https://www.dss.gov.au/grants/building-safe-communities-for-women

If you are in need of help the Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services Network may be able to assist or direct you to the best available solution. More information can be found at http://koolkuna.org.au/about-Koolkuna.html