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Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund

Responsible government

  • New South Wales

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 3 Implement targeted primary prevention activities designed by, and tailored for, the specific communities they are intended to support.
    • 5 Promote healthy and safe relationships and build gender equitable values through initiatives for children and young people.
  • 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 $20 million Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund is a commitment under the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021: Safer Lives for Women, Men and Children. The Innovation Fund supports innovative early intervention, prevention and crisis solutions to domestic and family violence. Seven projects were funded through the first round of the Innovation Fund, and 13 projects in the second round. The Innovation Fund targets projects which focus on at-risk and diverse communities, including culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, rural communities, refugees and people with disability.

What have we achieved so far?

20 Innovation Fund projects have commenced over two rounds, including 14 projects focused on prevention and early intervention, and six projects focused on crisis response. Innovation Fund projects are being evaluated independently, however, preliminary results have been positive, including:

  • The Kalypi Paaka Mirika Healing Program is a successful trauma informed and culturally relevant model for supporting and healing Aboriginal people who have experienced domestic and family violence and sexual assault.
  • Sutherland Shire Family Services’ Toolbox Talks project is on track to exceed its targeted number of participants.
  • The Miranda Project has been operating at capacity, with continuous referrals and has been positively utilised by Magistrates.

What is next?

While some projects have concluded, the NSW Government is continuing to support the following Innovation Fund projects as they progress until June 2021.The projects include:

  • The Miranda Project, delivered by Community Restorative Centre, provides women with genuine alternative pathways leaving prison or court who are at risk of returning to a violent situation.
  • The Building Access for Women with Disability project, delivered by People with Disability Australia, which is to working with domestic and family violence services across NSW to improve their disability inclusion capability and practices.
  • The Toolbox Talks project, delivered by Sutherland Shire Family Services, is delivering domestic and family violence education sessions to the mining and construction industry.
  • The Kalypi Paaka Mirika Program, delivered by Maari Ma, is a healing program incorporating therapeutic practices (e.g. cognitive behaviour therapy) and skills to manager stressors in a localised Aboriginal cultural framework for the purpose of preventing domestic and family violence.
  • The From the Ground Up to Equality project, delivered by the Arab Council Australia, is delivering a whole-of-community prevention program, working with Arabic speaking communities to challenge specific drivers of violence.
  • The Firmer Foundations project, delivered by Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, is helping build the financial well-being of women and increasing the capacity of women to leave domestic and family violence situations.
  • The Black Box Parenting project, delivered by Grand Pacific Health, is delivering a series of workshops for clinicians to deliver specialised group workshops for parents with a history of domestic and family violence.
  • The Finding Safety project, delivered by Jesuit Refugee Service, which is delivering a suite of programs aimed at supporting refugee women to increase their understanding of domestic and family violence.
  • The Fixed Address project, delivered by Kempsey Families, is providing a coordinated approach to the delivery of accommodation for perpetrators of violence to prevent them returning home.
  • The Accountable, Respectful and Connected (ARC) Gender Relations project, delivered by Men and Family Centre, is engaging men to challenge and change attitudes and behaviours that support violence.
  • The Let’s Talk: mitigating the risk and responding early to elder abuse project, delivered by Relationships Australia, is assisting families with conflict resolution where elderly people are involved.
  • The Building Stronger Families project, delivered in partnership with Relationships Australia and Settlement Services International, is providing targeted prevention strategies and early intervention pathways for asylum seeker and refugee communities.
  • The ReThink! Anti-violence Project, delivered by 2Connect Youth and Community, which will continue to expand a peer educator project to address the negative attitudes that underpin domestic and family violence affecting young people in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  • The DVproject: 2650, delivered by Wagga Women’s Health Centre, is a whole of community approach to increase knowledge and challenge attitudes and social norms related to violence and gender inequality.
  • Stronger Families, Better Communities, delivered by OzChild, is providing Functional Family Therapy for families with adolescents who are violent.

All Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund programs will be evaluated. An independent evaluation of the second round of the Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund is underway and will be completed by 31 December 2021.

What difference will we make?

The projects funded under the Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund are diverse and will achieve different outcomes. The Innovation Fund is unique in that it responds to local need and ‘tests’ innovative projects to improve outcomes and the effectiveness of service delivery. The anticipated long-term outcomes include that individuals and communities have an increased understanding about domestic and family violence, how to address underlying causes and how to seek assistance. The projects also aim to achieve improvements in the service system response to domestic and family violence for diverse communities.

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