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Continuation of Indigenous specific Third Action Plan projects

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
    • 6 Value and engage the expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men, communities and organisations to lead in the creation and implementation of community-led solutions to build and manage change.
    • 7 Build the workforce capability to ensure delivery of high quality, holistic, trauma-informed and culturally safe supports that respond to the complex needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children.
    • 9 Address both the immediate impacts and deep underlying drivers of family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through collective action with governments, service providers and communities.
  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 10 Implement community-led and tailored initiatives to address the unique experiences and needs of communities affected by multiple forms of discrimination or inequality.

What are we doing?

Under the Fourth Action Plan, the Commonwealth will continue and expand Indigenous-led solutions funded under the Third Action Plan to keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children safe from violence. Projects include:

  • trauma-informed therapeutic services for Indigenous children affected by family violence to break the cycle of intergenerational violence
  • behaviour change programs for perpetrators
  • intensive family-focused case management to address behaviours that lead to family violence
  • funding to increase the capacity of Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) to deliver holistic, case managed crisis support to Indigenous women and children experiencing family violence.
  • The Commonwealth Government will provide $20.1 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to fund the continuation of Third Action Plan projects.

What have we achieved so far?

Under the Third Action Plan, service providers (including FVPLSs) have delivered trauma-informed and holistic case managed crisis support to Indigenous women and their children who have been victims of family violence. In some locations, this has involved working with multi-disciplinary teams to support clients with complex needs and/or increasing the capacity of services to provide clients with intensive case management support.

What is next?

This initiative will continue funding and expanding projects that were established under the Third Action Plan, and will continue from the third quarter of 2019.

The continuation of Third Action Plan activities will allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children to access a range of trauma-informed, culturally safe, intensive, wrap-around services that are focused on healing.

Continuation of funding to selected FVPLSs will allow, in addition to their core service, continued delivery of trauma-informed, holistic and case managed crisis support to Indigenous women and children experiencing family violence.

What difference will we make?

The intended outcome of this measure is to ensure that Indigenous women and their children who have been victims of family violence have improved access to best-practice trauma-informed, holistic and intensive case management support during periods of crisis.

An evaluation of Indigenous specific Third Action Plan activities will be completed by the third quarter of 2020. Findings from the evaluation will show the efficacy of these activities in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children who experience family and domestic violence, and assisting perpetrators to change their behaviour.

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