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Indigenous violence funding boost

Indigenous violence funding boost

The fight against family violence in Indigenous communities will get more than $1.1 million in new funding, announced the Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland today (10 June). The funding…

The fight against family violence in Indigenous communities will get more than $1.1 million in new funding, announced the Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland today (10 June).

The funding will allow a range of projects aimed at helping prevent family violence in regional and remote Indigenous communities to continue.

McClelland said the funding is part of the Government's $59 million investment in Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Legal Services over three years.

"These grants build on the successful work being done by community organisations to help prevent family violence," he said.

"One of the Government's key approaches to reduce family violence is to empower communities and individuals to recognise and respond to violence and thereby minimise its damage. These early intervention projects complement the work of the Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, which provide a range of legal and related services - such as counselling - to help victims of family violence."

The funded early intervention and prevention projects cover a range of approaches including strengthening community resolve against family violence; building self-esteem; encouraging youth to achieve personal goals; developing community role models; and protective behaviours for young children.

The grants range from $45,000 to $330,000 and will assist communities in rural and remote locations across Australia.

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