26 September 2023

New grants to beat diversity violence

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The Department of Justice and Attorney-General is offering grants of up to $25,000 to community organisations delivering targeted projects in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to respond to domestic, family and sexual violence.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman said all the grants, with a total of $250,000, would be made available through the Safe and Diverse Communities Grants program.

“We know that culturally and linguistically diverse Queenslanders can be at increased risk of experiencing domestic and family violence and face additional barriers to reporting it, seeking support and escaping a violent situation,” Ms Fentiman said.

“These grants are on offer for community organisations to improve the safety of women and girls from diverse backgrounds through awareness and prevention initiatives.”

She said a combination of factors could put culturally and linguistically diverse women at a greater risk of experiencing domestic, family or sexual violence.

“Social isolation can be a big contributing factor, as can a lack of understanding of what constitutes domestic violence and knowing where to seek help,” the Minister said.

“For these reasons, too many women fail to report their abuse and remain in coercive or violent relationships.”

She said the grants would help break down those barriers by supporting community organisations to deliver innovative, culturally appropriate and tailored prevention programs.

Applications are to remain open until the close of business on 14 October during which online community forums will be held for prospective applicants to ask any questions related to their application and to provide guidance on writing effective grant proposals.

For more information and to apply to visit follow this PS News link.

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