Department of Family and Community Services

Grassroot grants to fight domestic violence

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15 Oct 2014

Minister for Women Pru Goward today announced $70,000 in community grants to reduce and respond to domestic and family violence across NSW.

Ms Goward congratulated the 70 successful applicants to the Local Domestic and Family Violence Small Grants Program for their innovative proposed grassroot activities.

"I'm incredibly heartened by the work of volunteers in local communities from Ballina to the Blue Mountains and Kempsey to Kyogle who have received funding to run local initiatives," Ms Goward said.

Grants have been awarded to Local Domestic and Family Violence Committees across NSW to fund local initiatives that will:

  1. Raise awareness of the destructive impacts of domestic and family violence;
  2. Engage local organisations, including men's based groups and schools in behaviour change; and
  3. Increase community awareness of domestic and family violence services and assistance available.

Ms Goward said the grants will fund activities such as local media campaigns, promotional material development, educational resources and the organisation of events.

"Grants will be used to fund a diverse range of initiatives, many associated with White Ribbon Day in November, and the 16 Days of Activism To Stop Violence Against Women and Children," Ms Goward said.

"Funds will assist communities keep victims and their children safe, by raising the awareness of local services they can access along with supporting at-risk perpetrators to seek help."

The grants are part of the NSW Government's domestic and family violence reforms to increase community awareness and focus on prevention and early intervention.

Local Domestic and Family Violence Committees are comprised of volunteers and representatives from both government and non-government service providers.

To find out more about the Local Domestic Violence Small Grants Program, go to www.women.nsw.gov.au.