New funding for community projects to reduce violence against women

Community organisations in Forde can apply for grants to help deliver projects that will reduce violence against women and their children.

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.

Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said the funding would help local organisations respond to and support women and their children who are experiencing violence.


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“Everyone has a responsibility to recognise violence against women and its impacts, whether as individuals, through organisations or the community as a whole,” Mr van Manen said.

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

“To assist these groups, one-off funding of up to $150,000 over two financial years will be made available between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2017.”

Mr van Manen said domestic violence affects different women in different ways and this funding would allow innovative and original solutions to domestic violence, to be sourced from community organisations across the country.

“Grants can be used to develop a range of practical solutions for dealing with issues of domestic violence in the community, from local engagement to raising the awareness about the impacts of violence against women,” Mr van Manen said.

“Importantly, successful organisations will be able to publish and share information, experiences and outcomes of their projects to help other communities right across Australia.”

Applications close 2pm August 27, 2015. Visit www.dss.gov.au/grants for more information.

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