Domestic, family and sexual violence prevention

Domestic, family and sexual violence is prevalent in the Northern Territory (NT).

The Northern Territory Government (NTG) is investing in:

  • providing services to those affected by violence, and
  • programs that seek to prevent violence over time by changing community attitudes that condone the use of violence.

The NT is a member of Our Watch and contributes to violence prevention work being undertaken nationally. The evidence about what works to prevent domestic, family and sexual violence is still emerging.

Safe, Respected and Free from Violence Prevention Grants

The NTG provides the Safe, Respected and Free from Violence Prevention Grants to support primary prevention projects challenge and change social and cultural attitudes, practices and structures that underpin domestic, family and sexual violence.

The total grant funding for the Safe, Respected and Free from Violence Prevention Grants will be up to $1 Million each year.

Funded projects will contribute to the development of a domestic, family and sexual violence prevention practice for the Northern Territory.

Applications

Applications will open in December 2021 and close in February 2022. An information session for interested applicants will be held once the grant round is open. To register for updates on the grant round dates or to express interest in attending a grant information session, please email dfv@nt.gov.au.

Grant applications can be made through the GrantsNT website.

If you haven't created a profile on GrantsNT, you will need to set one up before applying for any grant.

For more information, contact the Office of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction by calling 08 8935 7803 or emailing dfv@nt.gov.au.

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In 2018, the following projects were funded under the Safe, respected and free from violence prevention grants program:

Recipient

Project

Location

Amount

World Vision Australia

Channels of Hope for Gender – Building a culturally safe and effective preventative infrastructure

An innovative, evidence-based program model, developed by World Vision to mobilise faith leaders to respond to domestic and family violence in their communities.

To support the next phase of a long-term primary prevention project focused on leveraging the influence of community faith leaders to build a culturally safe and effective preventative infrastructure. The program explores gender identities, norms and values that impact male and female relationships.

Lajamanu

$20,000

Alice Springs Women’s Shelter

Talking Pictures, Talking Respect

This project seeks to produce high quality, locally relevant resources addressing the influence of media on gender and sexual expectations, to support 12 to 16 year old people to develop the skills required for relationships and sexuality that are safe, respectful, mutual and consenting and to build their communities’ capacities to undertake this work.

Central Australia

$108,434

Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation

Mums Can, Dads Can Project

A domestic, family and sexual violence primary prevention pilot project being developed by Alice Springs Town Camp community members. The project aims to challenge rigid gender stereotypes regarding the roles of men and women in regard to parenting and will build on work being carried out by the Tangentyere Family Violence Prevention Program.

Central Australia

$60,000

Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation

Let’s Talk About It – Consent and Respectful Relationships

Unpacking the meaning of consent and respectful relationships, exploring what it means in a Yolngu context and why it is important for keeping families strong and free of domestic, family and sexual violence.

East Arnhem

$11,070

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

Kunga stopping violence on social media

Developing videos aimed at preventing family and sexual violence.

Central Australia

$20,496

Danila Dilba Health Service

Healthy relationship resources for young people

The project will build on existing health promotion materials and programs delivered by Danila Dilba Health Service to young people across Darwin and Palmerston.

Darwin

$40,000

In 2019, the following projects were funded under the Safe, respected and free from violence prevention grants program:

Recipient

Project

Location

Amount

World Vision Australia

Channels of Hope for Gender – Building a culturally safe and effective preventative infrastructure

An innovative, evidence-based program model, developed by World Vision to mobilise faith leaders to respond to domestic and family violence in their communities.

To support the next phase of a long-term primary prevention project focused on leveraging the influence of community faith leaders to build a culturally safe and effective preventative infrastructure. The program explores gender identities, norms and values that impact male and female relationships.

Kalkarindji

$22,979

Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation

Mums Can, Dads Can Project

Expanding the Mums Can, Dads Can project to include community service announcements, ongoing workshops and community engagement as well as the development of a children’s story book. The project works with community members to identify unhelpful stereotypes and promote key alternative messages that are culturally appropriate and truly resonate with the Alice Springs Town Camps communities.

Central Australia

$50,000

Top End Women’s Legal Service

Legal health checks and community legal education

Legal health checks are flexible screening tools that aim to diagnose previously unaddressed legal problems. The tools are non- confrontational, allowing participants to determine the level of engagement and disclosure.

Community legal education will deliver informative, culturally appropriate and engaging presentations. Participants will undertake activities to engage in discussions aimed at providing a holistic understanding of domestic, family and sexual violence, as well as corresponding legal issues.

Darwin

$24,998

Islamic Society of Darwin

Domestic violence seminar – how to prevent domestic violence

A day-long seminar to be hosted by the Islamic Society of Darwin focusing on prevention of domestic and family violence and addressing attitudes that underpin the use of violence. The seminar is open to all community members.

Darwin

$20,000

National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Challenging Attitudes, Preventing Violence

Creating a short film clip to challenge stereotypical behaviours that condone violence.

All NT

$50,000

Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission

Strengths in Conversations: Respectful Relationships and the Law Training Program

NT Legal Aid and partners will provide a comprehensive training program for service providers who work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The program will focus on a range of appropriate approaches and materials in the area of violence prevention, including respectful relationships, the law and related issues.

All NT

$59,880

Top End Health Service Sexual Assault Referral Centre

Sexual Health and Wellbeing Clinics in Darwin and Katherine

The Sexual Health and Wellbeing Clinic is a partnership between the Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Headspace and the NT Aids and Hepatitis Council. The clinic runs one afternoon a week from Headspace and is staffed by a Sexual Assault Referral Centre nurse and counsellor.

Darwin Katherine

$33,000

Thamarrurr Development Corporation Ltd

Thamarrurr Violence Prevention Project

This project will support development of posters created and printed by community members to raise awareness of the social, emotional and health effects of domestic, family and sexual violence. The aim of the project is to reduce domestic, family and sexual violence using art as a form of education and communication.

Wadeye

$10,800

In 2020, the following projects were funded under the Safe, respected and free from violence prevention grants program:

Recipient

Project

Location

Amount

World Vision Australia

Channels of Hope for Gender – Building a culturally safe and effective preventative infrastructure

To support the next phase of a long-term primary prevention project focused on leveraging the influence of community faith leaders to build a culturally safe and effective preventative infrastructure. The program explores gender identities, norms and values that impact male and female relationships.

Lajamanu

$135,900

Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation

Mums Can, Dads Can 2.0 – Girls Can Boys Can Project

A partnership between the Tangentyere Family Violence Prevention Program and the Larapinta Child and Family Centre to further develop and expand the Mums Can, Dads Can project into the early childhood space with families, parents and children.

Central Australia

$150,000

Islamic Society of Darwin

Domestic violence seminar – how to prevent domestic violence

A day-long seminar to be hosted by the Islamic Society of Darwin focusing on prevention of domestic and family violence and addressing attitudes that underpin the use of violence. The seminar is open to all community members.

Darwin

$23,800

Desert Knowledge Australia

Codes 4 Life; Respected Women – Pilot Project

The project aims to scope, tailor and co-design a program model that will encourage positive social change and reduce violence in the Anmatjere region. The program will allow the community to develop, implement and sustain their own solutions to domestic, family and sexual violence through growing new leaders and developing a community of practice.

Central Australia

$149,886

Big Fat Productions

Old Ways Are Strong

The project will produce community-driven and community-led short animations to address the drivers of violence, dispel racist narratives about central Aboriginal peoples and educate viewers about pre-colonial Aboriginal gender roles and relationships.

Central Australia

$111,373

Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Aboriginal Corporation

Respectful relationships workshops for Yolnu teenagers

Approximately 10 workshops will be held with Yolnu teenagers and primary school students, in separate gender groups, over three field trips in Milingimbi. The workshops will be developed and co-facilitated by local Yolnu facilitators with the Aboriginal Resource and Development Services cross-cultural facilitators.

East Arnhem

$79,696

Barkly Regional Council

Domestic Violence Workplace Framework

Development of a series of workplace policies with a supporting training package for use across the very remote Barkly communities of Ali Curung, Ampilatwatja, Arlparra, Alpurrurlam, Epenarra, Elliott and in the town of Tennant Creek.

Developed in partnership with the NT Working Women’s Centre, the best-practice, evidence-based domestic and family violence policies and procedures will address primary and secondary prevention as well as supporting staff who are experiencing or responding to domestic and family violence where it intersects with the workplace.

Barkly region

$66,045

Danila Dilba Health Service

Community Violence Prevention Educator

Recruitment of a violence prevention educator and development of an education program. The project includes partnering with local organisations and an evaluation of the program.

Darwin

$150,000

National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Respectful Relationships Program Coordinator NT

NAPCAN’s respectful relationships model is based on training and supporting local facilitators to deliver the program, building capacity and ownership in local communities. This project will engage a coordinator for the NT to train community members to deliver respectful relationships training in and out of school settings.

All NT

$150,000

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation

Engaging Anangu knowledge to strengthen sexual assault early intervention and support in Anangu communities

This project will explore understanding of sexual assault from an Anangu perspective. It is a collaboration between the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council (NPYWC) Aboriginal Corporation Domestic and Family Violence Service and the award-winning Kulintjaku Minyma Team engaged through the NPYWC Ngangkari Traditional Healers Program.

The NPYWC Domestic and Family Violence Service seeks to improve its understanding of the experiences and impacts of sexual assault on Anangu women in order to improve the service’s ability to effectively meet needs of the women.

Central Australia

$150,000

Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Sexual Violence Inc

Personal Protection Strategies – Empowering Women

The aim of this project is to increase individual personal protection strategies and provide education regarding healthy respectful relationships for women at high risk of exposure to violence. The project also aims to provide a safe environment for women to explore and challenge the normalisation of violence within relationships and develop new expectations of partner behaviour.

Darwin

$19,380

Music NT

Safe Venues Program

This program aims to work with licenced venues and events to deliver workshops and training for security and bar staff, design and distribute marketing collateral and the creation of a ‘Safe Venue’ membership initiative to address sexual harassment and violence in Northern Territory venues.

All NT

$150,000

In 2021, the following projects were funded under the Safe, respected and free from violence prevention grants program:

Recipient

Project

Location

Amount

UMNT Inc. (United Muslims of the NT Inc.)

NISAA

A series of innovative and interactive module based workshops over one year conducted once a fortnight. In addition, a media campaign with culturally appropriate messaging about gender equality. The workshops will generally be conducted at CDU – some for men, some for women, some for youth and some for all members of the NT community. The project also includes a multilingual media campaign. The overarching aim of Nisaa is to create awareness about violence against women within the multicultural community, empower and upskill CALD women to be resilient and have capacity to speak up when issues arise, to enable CALD men to recognise their often, culturally enshrined male privilege and to become allies to actively prevent themselves and other men in participating in discriminatory and sexist behaviours.

Darwin

Katherine

Alice Springs

Tennant Creek

$139,349

Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge

Talking Respect Workforce Development Project

Talking Respect Workforce Development project seeks to contribute to violence prevention in the Northern Territory by extending the reach and effectiveness of the Talking Respect resource package. It will do so by equipping teachers, youth workers, health workers and other professionals to understand the issues addressed in the resources and develop their capacities to use the resources with the young people in their communities.

This will be achieved through the development of a high quality, full-day professional learning module and delivery of the professional learning in locations across the Northern Territory, including in Alice Springs, Darwin, Nhulunbuy and Tennant Creek, with a particular emphasis on engaging workers from Tennant Creek and the Barkly Region, where it will build on the significant interest and engagement established in this very remote community during Stage 2 of Talking Respect.

Tennant Creek & Barkly region

Alice Springs

Darwin

Nhulunbuy

$150,000

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

Mediation Training for Elders from remote communities: understanding dynamics of violence and supporting early intervention

This project will provide mediation training for Elders and community leaders’ from the indicated remote communities.

Including both men and women, the training will build participants’ understanding of the dynamics of violence (with a particular focus on family and domestic violence) and increase Elders’ ability to prevent violence in their communities. The training is will be adapted from Mawul Rom and Charles Darwin University’s existing intercultural mediation workshop, with a specific focus on working with families in conflict and working in the context of family violence.

Galiwin’ku

Lajamanu

Maningrida

Ngukurr

Wadeye

Wurrumiyanga

$125,000

IBC Community Services

Strong and Connected Communities

IBC Community services will partner with Darwin Indigenous Men's Service, Darwin Aboriginal & Islander Women's Shelter (DAIWS), City of Darwin, City of Palmerston and the YMCA to provide 1 hour sessions each week. Sessions will focus a strength based conversation through a Yarning Process of Knowing, Doing and Nurturing. After each 9-week program across Darwin and Palmerston, will follow an intensive consultation with identified Families, Individuals & Partners to understand challenges experienced by people both direct or indirect forms of violence.

Darwin

Palmerston

$116,035

Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Rape

Personal Protection Strategies

The aim of this project is to provide women and LGBTIQ+ people in the community and those who are at high risk of exposure to violence, with a program that focuses to increase individual personal protection strategies and provide education regarding healthy, respectful relationships. The project also aims to provide a safe group environment for women and LGBTIQ+ people to explore and challenge the normalisation of violence within relationships, and develop reasonable expectations of partner behaviour.

Darwin

Palmerston

Humpty Doo

$60,256

Save the Children Australia

Binjari, A Safe Place for Families to Thrive

Through a collaborative partnership, Save the Children will deliver a localised series of up to 40 participatory workshops and activities to develop a Binjari Community Rule Book (Code of Conduct) including agreed actions and consequences for individuals/families who do not abide by the code, as the foundation for primary prevention of DFV in Binjari.

Binjari

$150,000

Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation

Growing Strongbala Way – Weaving Together for Support and Change – Culturally Led Violence Prevention Program

The Project integrates a cultural approach to developing targeted primary prevention strategies underpinned by cultural values & practices, strengthening kinship supports & connection to country. Reprint/update existing resource ‘Growing Strongbala Way’ book. A vital resource assisting family support workers to better understand cultural families & parenting from perspective of Aboriginal people. Biweekly Facilitation of weaving/cultural workshops. Peer support group. Develop, design & print 3 posters in language used as cultural resources specific to the localised prevention & response to D&FV. Support 10 women to complete Cert II in Family Wellbeing over 4 months.

Barunga

Beswick

$131,720

Desert Knowledge Australia

Codes 4 life Program at Borroloola

The Safe House of Borroloola managed by Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation (Mabunji) is partnering with Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) to deliver Codes 4 Life women (C4L Women) in Borroloola. The project aims to expand the pilot program C4L Women to Borroloola, and to develop the model in the community of Mabunji to encourage positive social change and to reduce violence in the region. The primary objectives of C4L are: Restoring the authority and leadership of the Elders; Engaging with the whole-of-community participants to prevent violence including DFSV in their community.

Borroloola

$150,000

Yalu Marnggithinyaraw Indigenous Corporation

Men Protecting Children and Partners and Family with Respectful Behaviour - Dirramurruwurr dhu ga Djaga Milyalk Djamarrkuliw ga Gurrutumirriw Mala Ngayanguy Manymakdhu ga Makmakhhunamirriy Rom. dhu ga Guyanganhawuyu.

The project will develop a strong primary prevention model via community education that promotes self-determination and community ownership and that DFSV is unacceptable and acknowledges the impacts of intergenerational trauma on the breakdown of traditional family relationships from a Yolngu cultural perspective with the male as the ‘protector’ of his partner and children’s health and wellbeing. The project will be based in Galiwinku but expand the 'footprint' to neighbouring communities of Millingimbi, Gapuwiyak and Ramingining. Yalu has established formal relationships with local Mala Leadership in each of the above communities with a two pronged approached to provide out posted employment for local Indigenous workers to deliver family and child support services including working directly alongside TFHC case workers.

Galiwin’ku

Millingimbi

Gapuwiyak

Ramingining

$150,000

Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation (YMDAC)

Ngukurr Family Violence Prevention Videos

A grass roots community-led primary prevention project which will deliver 12 short culturally relevant animated videos in the Roper Kriol language to educate people in Ngukurr and Urapunga about the forms and underlying drivers of violence. The videos will be produced by the Ngukurr Story Project in collaboration with YMDAC which is a project of Ngukurr Arts in collaboration with Ngukurr Language Centre. Ngukurr Story Project supports local people to tell the stories they want to tell in the language they want to tell it in and they support the employment and skills development of people in Ngukurr.

Ngukurr

Rittarangu

$150,000

Tangentyere Aboriginal Corporation Mums Can, Dads Can Project

The Mums Can, Dads Can Project is a family, domestic and sexual violence primary prevention project being developed by Town Camp community members to identify unhelpful gendered stereotypes and promote key alternative messages that are culturally appropriate and that truly resonate with the Alice Springs Town Camps communities.

Go to Mums Can, Dads Can project website for more information,


Last updated: 03 November 2021

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