New funding for community projects to reduce violence against women

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has encouraged community organisations to apply for grants to help deliver projects that will reduce violence against women and children.

Mr Porter said that a total of $4 million is available under the Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children initiative to fund one-off projects to address domestic violence.

“This funding will help organisations in the Pearce region to come together to respond to and support women and their children who are experiencing violence,” Mr Porter said.

“Everyone, whether as individuals, through organisations or the community as a whole, has a responsibility to recognise violence against women and its impact, and be prepared to act.

“Organisations such as community groups, sporting bodies, youth organisations, schools and faith groups can all play an important role in improving safety for women and their children.”

One off funding of up to $150,000 over two financial years is available to from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2017.

Grants can be used to develop a range of practical solutions for dealing with issues of domestic violence in the community which may include communicating with young people about violence in relationships, local engagement to raise awareness about the impacts of violence against women, or building partnerships to better respond to the needs of women experiencing violence.

“Importantly, organisations will publish and share information about their experiences and the outcomes of their projects,” Mr Porter said. “This will create a valuable resource for communities right across Australia.

“Over the past 18 months, a national conversation about domestic violence has grown in the Australian community with increasing momentum.

“This is an important dialogue which the Coalition Government is determined to lead. For too many years the issue has been stigmatised and remained behind closed doors.”

Applications close 2pm AEST Thursday 27 August 2015. Further information is available at www.dss.gov.au/grants.

Victims of domestic violence, as well as their family and friends can contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit www.1800respect.org.au.