Funding to support Indigenous survivors of family violence

Release Date: 
28 March 2019
Media release

The Australian Government is providing an additional $1.1 million over three years to continue critical services that support victims of family violence in Darwin.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said the Coalition Government is committed to ensuring Indigenous Australians affected by family violence are able to access immediate culturally appropriate support in their local community to help keep them safe.

“The Coalition Government is focused on putting a stop to all forms of family violence and we need to have the right supports in place to do this,” Minister Scullion said.

Country Liberals candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, said that through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), the Government was providing targeted investment to provide additional support to people who need it the most with services designed, delivered and led by Indigenous organisations.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-Indigenous women. This rate is unacceptably high and these projects are two initiatives to provide the intensive support needed to ensure women and their families can be free from violence,” Mrs Ganley said.

More than $800,000 over three years will be provided through the IAS to Darwin Aboriginal and Islander Women’s Shelter (DAIWS) who have provided crisis accommodation and support services to Indigenous women and children in Darwin for over 30 years.

“DAIWS has designed its services with the community and provides services to hundreds of clients per year through both men's and women's intervention programs.

“This funding will assist DAIWS to provide an intensive case management service to vulnerable Indigenous women, children and men who are experiencing varying levels of crisis and have been impacted by violence.

“Importantly, the program will also work with the perpetrator with the focus of reducing family violence as well as child neglect and trauma caused through exposure to family violence.”

Another $329,170 will be provided over one year to Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation who provide case management support to vulnerable Aboriginal families residing in Darwin and Palmerston and the six Darwin town communities of Bagot, Kulaluk, Minmarama, One Mile, Knuckey Lagoon and Palmerston Indigenous Village.

“The funding will assist Ironbark to deliver intensive case management model directly addressing the underlying trauma, focused on reducing the likelihood of future involvement in family violence.”

The funding is in addition to the $35 million investment in Indigenous specific initiatives to address drivers of violence under the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

It builds on existing initiatives to support victims of family violence, such as the $121 million investment for 14 Family Violence Prevention Legal Services across regional and remote Australia.