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Culturally Appropriate Family and Domestic Violence Support Services Grants Program

Responsible government

  • Western Australia

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
    • 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.
  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 11 Deliver policies and services to address the disproportionate impact of violence on particular groups.

What are we doing?

The Culturally Appropriate Family and Domestic Violence Support Services Grants Program will improve service pathways and barriers to accessing support services for Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women and children that are experiencing family and domestic violence (FDV). The program aims to:

  • Ensure that victims of FDV have access to services that take account of appropriate cultural differences;
  • Keep Aboriginal and CALD women and their children safe;
  • Provision of community wide prevention initiatives; and
  • Expand the availability of targeted support for Aboriginal and CALD victims.

For further information: https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2018/12/Grant-to-boost-culturally-appropriate-domestic-violence-supports.aspx

The WA Government will provide $1.5 million between 2019–2020 and 2022–2023 financial years to fund the Culturally Appropriate Family and Domestic Violence Support Services Grants Program.

What have we achieved so far?

A competitive grants process was undertaken to appoint the following grant recipients:

  • Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre to deliver the state-wide program ‘Free from Family and domestic Violence’. The program will deliver cultural competence training for family and domestic violence service providers and will also build capacity within targeted CALD communities and multicultural organisations to enable them to recognise and respond to family and domestic violence.
  • The Langford Aboriginal Association to deliver the Family Safety Project, to improve the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal women experiencing family violence. The Family Safety Project will use a co-designed approach to build cross-cultural awareness of family and domestic violence and help victims get the support they need. It will be delivered in metropolitan and regional locations.

What is next?

The grants recognise that for both Aboriginal and CALD women to be supported effectively, services need to have strong cultural competency as a basis for tailoring their responses. While many organisations supporting people impacted by family and domestic violence have these capabilities, the funded projects are designed to lift these skills over the next four years.

The projects will also engage community groups and members to develop their understanding of family and domestic violence and its impacts on individuals, families and communities.

What difference will we make?

The intended outcomes of this initiative include:

  • Aboriginal and CALD women and children living free from violence in safe accommodation.
  • Aboriginal and CALD women and children healing from trauma.
  • Aboriginal and CALD women and children experiencing increased self-esteem, confidence, resilience and wellbeing.
  • Aboriginal and CALD women supported to improve their long-term safety and that of their children.
  • A family and domestic violence service sector with the capacity to provide effective, culturally appropriate services

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