Victoria

Supporting Koorie communities to stop family violence

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Aboriginal organisations across Victoria will be supported with new funding for family violence prevention and early intervention initiatives, as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to self-determination.

A total of 11 Aboriginal-led organisations and community groups will benefit from the Preventing the Cycle of Violence Aboriginal Fund for the first time, which will see them share in $2.7 million over two years.

The fund is designed to build respectful, culturally rich, strong and healthy relationships for Aboriginal children, young people, families and Elders.

The first-time funding will support the delivery of community designed initiatives, such as resilience camps, returning to country, men’s gatherings, awareness campaigns and messaging through sport.

The organisations are based through Victoria, with the initiatives working at a local, regional and state-wide level.

Some of the other successful projects include:

  • Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative – Strong culture, stronger families: Grampians family violence primary prevention
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association – VACSAL resilience camps (Melbourne & Ballarat)
  • Hume Dhelk Dja Action Group – Cultural sporting preventing project
  • Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative
  • Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Cooperation – Gippsland Aboriginal people say no to violence in our communities

Aboriginal-led prevention is a key priority of Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – the new Aboriginal 10-Year Family Violence Agreement which was launched late last year.

Dhelk Dja is focused on Aboriginal self-determination and represents a partnership between the Aboriginal community, Aboriginal services and the Victorian Government.

Source: Vic Government