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Support for Aboriginal-led projects to tackle family violence

Applications are now open for Aboriginal-led organisations and communities to apply for financial support for projects that tackle family violence in Aboriginal communities.

Published: 12 January 2024

The Victorian Government said they are encouraging groups to apply for financial support for innovative projects that provide early response and prevention to family violence.

Applicants can receive up to $200,000 for projects that align with Dhelk Dja priorities.

Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families, is an Aboriginal-led agreement to address family violence in Indigenous communities.

It encourages First Nations communities and organisations to work with the government, as well as being accountable, to ensure communities are free from domestic violence.

Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Vicki Ward, said First Nations voices need to be leading the charge in combating family violence.

"This funding is driven by Aboriginal self-determination, supporting grassroots projects of innovation, strong partnerships and inclusiveness," Ms Ward said.

Indigenous groups have long championed Aboriginal-led responses to policy that impacts First Nations people directly. This is imperative in matters involving domestic and family violence, which continues to have a significant impact on First Nations communities.

Applications close February 7, 2024.

More information can be found on the Aboriginal Community Initiatives Fund website.