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More support for Indigenous family and community safety



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M e d i a R e l e a s e

JENNY MACKLIN MP

Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

More support for Indigenous family and community safety

More than 100 people across the country will benefit from more than $8 million for local projects to help Indigenous families deal with violence.

Seven new projects will be delivered in regional communities to help reduce family violence and build safer communities.

In addition, 33 successful projects will receive additional funding to continue providing counselling and mediation services, anger management courses and men’s, women’s and youth groups.

Every Australian has the right to feel safe in their home, and violence is never acceptable in any community.

The Government is committed to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians. We want all Australian children to grow up in safe and stable homes.

By working with Indigenous communities, we can create safe environments free from the threat of violence, abuse and neglect.

These local projects will also contribute to our broader initiatives to combat disadvantage across areas of health, education, employment, and early childhood.

This investment builds on over $60 million delivered since 2007 on specific programs to help raise people’s awareness, skills and knowledge of family violence.

The investment in these local services builds on the priorities of the Government’s Indigenous Family Safety Agenda to strengthen Indigenous communities against violence and provide coordinated support services to assist people affected by family violence.

Date: 22 June 2011

Media Contact: Keely Bell 0417 297 157