Community-led initiatives aimed at addressing domestic violence are taking place thanks to the 2022 Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants program.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said three projects, in Dubbo, Wellington and Mudgee, were selected for a share of $80,000 in NSW Government funding.
“Our community relies on these projects when it comes to providing support and raising awareness about the devastating impacts of domestic abuse,” Mr Saunders said.
“This funding will support a range of programs that not only raise the awareness we need to see social change, but also empower young women and girls to identify abusive behaviour, understand their rights and provide opportunities to share their experiences.
“The calibre of projects submitted this year was outstanding and I look forward to seeing just how much our community will benefit from them.”
Local projects to receive funding:
- Dubbo Violence Prevention Collective – Shark Cage Facilitator Network: supporting the development of a network of trained facilitators in the Dubbo area to deliver group programs and prevention programs to women and girls who have experienced more than one instance of abuse in their lives and may have begun to internalise social messages of victim blaming. It can also be used in a preventative way in multiples settings, including schools, to increase young women’s understanding of their rights and awareness of abusive behaviours
- Wellington Family and Domestic Violence Collective – White Ribbon Ambrose Golf Day: run in conjunction with the Wellington Golf Club to raise awareness within the community of the impact of violence against women and children, targeting a predominantly male demographic. Local service providers will partner with the Wellington Family & Domestic Violence Collective to provide information about local services to support men, women and children who are victims of family and domestic violence
- Mid-Western People Against Violence (MWPAV) – 2023 Women’s Week Lunch: a chance for women and girls across the region to come together to support one another, share information and celebrate women’s achievements. MPAV hosts a lunch with guest speakers are invited to engage the audience with their real-life stories of empowerment, gratitude, achievements and success.