Funding To Stop Family Violence In Local Communities
Grassroots programs working to stop family violence in local communities across Victoria will receive a $2.7 million funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.
Grants of up to $150,000 will be provided to new and existing community organisations to drive change at a local level, making women safer and stronger in their homes and workplaces.
They will help support community organisations and workplaces tailor programs designed to prevent family violence to the unique needs of each community.
The Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention Grants program will open in mid-December, ahead of the release of the Labor Government’s Primary Prevention of Family Violence Strategy in 2017.
Funding for these grants was announced as part of the Labor Government’s $572 million response to the most urgent recommendations of the Family Violence Royal Commission.
The announcement takes place in the Victoria Against Violence campaign, which is timed to coincide with the UN’s 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence.
The campaign started on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November, and concludes on International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2016.
Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson
“Programs work best when they respond to the unique needs of the local community – these grants directly support local communities to create tailored initiatives.”
“It’s crucial we raise awareness in the community about how family violence takes place, and how we can stop it entirely.”
Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight
“Family violence leaves deep scars in local communities. These local programs can change people’s lives for the better – helping women and children stay safe, healthy and strong.”