GRASSROOT GRANTS FOR TO FIGHT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP today announced funding to two local organisations to reduce and respond to domestic and family violence across NSW.
“I’m very pleased that the Lismore Domestic Violence Committee and Kyogle District Domestic Violence Committee have received $1,000 funding towards projects in the local community,” said Mr George.
These grants have been awarded to fund local initiatives that can:
- Raise awareness of the destructive impacts of domestic and family violence;
- Engage local organisations, including men’s based groups and schools in behaviour change; and
- Increase community awareness of domestic and family violence services and assistance available.
“These funds will assist the community to 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.”
Lismore’s project is the Dirty Laundry Project, it works with men, women and children to write messages on t-shirts about the impact of domestic and family violence. These t-shirts then get displayed in shopfront windows around the CBD offering the opportunity for conversations and raising the profile of the impacts of DV. It also lessens the fear and shame associated with domestic and family violence by giving a voice to the fear.
Kyogle’s is Aboriginal Communities To Take The Pledge. The pledge will be open to all members of Aboriginal Communities in the Kyogle LGA encouraging community members to take a stand against violence against women, and not to remain silent when witnessing any form of abuse.
Local Domestic 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.