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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. It targets projects which focus on at-risk and diverse communities, including culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people with disability.

What have we achieved so far?

20 Innovation Fund projects have commenced, including 15 projects focused on prevention and early intervention, and five projects focused on crisis response.

What is next?

The NSW Government will continue to support the Innovation Fund projects as they progress until June 2021.The projects include:

  • The From the Ground Up to Equality project, delivered by the Arab Council Australia, which will deliver a whole-of-community prevention program, working with Arabic speaking communities to challenge specific drivers of violence.
  • The Finding Safety project, delivered by Jesuit Refugee Service, which will deliver a suite of programs aimed at supporting refugee women to increase their understanding of domestic and family violence.
  • The Building Stronger Families project, delivered in partnership with Relationships Australia and Settlement Services International, which will provide 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 Building Access for Women with Disability project, delivered by People with Disability Australia, which will continue to work with domestic and family violence services across NSW to improve their disability inclusion capability and practices.

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 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 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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