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Finding ways to reduce indigenous family violence.

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MEDIA RELEASE Senator Amanda Vanstone Minister for Family & Community Services Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women 1.03 14 January 2003 Finding Ways To Reduce Indigenous Family Violence Today’s announcement of over half a million dollars of funding for four projects in remote Australia will help combat Indigenous family violence. The four projects are all in communities of ‘high need’ in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Any level of family violence in the community is unacceptable and, unfortunately, the problem is particularly prevalent in Indigenous families. In some areas it is estimated that indigenous women are 45 times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than non-Indigenous women. These disturbing statistics need to be addressed. The Government is working closely with Indigenous communities to develop and support effective and culturally appropriate approaches to the reduction of family violence. The successful projects announced today recognise that the best solutions often come from the communities themselves and are implemented at the grassroots level. (see attachment) The projects are funded as part of the Partnerships Against Domestic Violence National Indigenous Family Violence Grants Programme. The Programme has already funded 66 projects across Australia, providing practical support for grassroots projects to trial new approaches to reducing family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Minister’s media contact: Damon Hunt 0419 691 944

Families in Focus, Port Hedland Sobering Up Centre Group Inc

The project will work with communities, families and individuals temporarily living in Port Hedland to develop understanding family violence issues; provide better options and information for women in outlying communities; and, increased information for whole community on family violence risks and prevention.

Keeping our Families Together 11, Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation, Wyndham

The project will implement practical grassroots activities to educate young men and women, school aged children and teenagers and young parents on issues of family violence, protective behaviours, health and cultural heritage. The role of alcohol and drugs in violence is a focus, as well as skills to build positive relationships. Trained

workers, as well as elders, will work on the project.

Western Arrernte Families Against Violence Relahka Project, Intjarntnama Aboriginal Corporation, Northern Territory

This project will support children, youth, women, men and the aged to negotiate, mediate and address matters of intra-family and inter-family violence. A community team will be established to intervene into violence, work at prevention and support

the establishment and maintenance of healthy family relationships.

Strengthening Community, Tapatjatjaka Community Government Council, Northern Territory

This project will involve the whole community in positive recreational and cultural strategies to build self esteem and strengthen community values as a means of addressing and preventing family violence and alcohol abuse. The recreational and cultural activities will target men, women and young people and will use a Council of Elders as a strategy to assist in the implementation and monitoring of the program.