Additional Support for Domestic Violence Support Services for First Australians in Cowper

02 Aug 17

The Ngurrala Aboriginal Corporation will be able to provide additional domestic violence support services in Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Valley, to help Indigenous individuals and families affected by domestic violence, thanks to a $636,405 grant from the Coalition Government.

Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, welcomed the funding to combat the scourge of domestic violence on the NSW North Coast.

“Domestic violence is not something we can accept in any community. The more resources we can provide to communities to tackle this problem from within, the better,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The safety of all members of our community relies on us finding ways to combat this epidemic. We can’t tolerate whole families being vulnerable to violence because of the lack of support services.

“Those formerly affected by domestic violence often speak about how difficult it was as a victim to seek assistance because of the fear of their attacker finding out, so we must do all we can to assist those who are affected to get help.

“These funds will mean that affected Indigenous families will no longer go without the support they so desperately need.”

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that Ngurrala Aboriginal Corporation would receive funding to provide support services through until 30 June 2019 to vulnerable Indigenous people in Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Valley.

“Improving the safety of Indigenous families and communities is one of the highest priorities for the Coalition Government – and this investment will enable Ngurrala Aboriginal Corporation to provide additional support to people who need it the most,” Minister Scullion said.

Minister Scullion said that through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), the Government was providing targeted investment to those working on the ground to make a difference in the lives of First Australians.

“This project is a great example of the Coalition working with Indigenous Australians to improve outcomes for First Australians living in Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Valley,” Minister Scullion said.

Ngurrala Aboriginal Corporation CEO, Beryl Wilson, said she was pleased with Minister Scullion’s announcement of a further two years of funding which will provide assistance and support to vulnerable Indigenous people in our local communities.

The Ngurrala Aboriginal Corporation project is one of 43 recently funded under the IAS. Services have been funded to provide intensive support to Indigenous people most affected in the following areas: alcohol and drugs, domestic violence, mental health and wellbeing, and youth offending.

Existing service providers will share $18,697,510 in Government funding through until 30 June 2019 to transition from the Indigenous Community Links programme to new place-based, intensive support services that address specific safety and wellbeing needs.

A further $4,239,664 will be provided until 30 June 2019 for new services in areas where a safety and wellbeing service gap has been identified.

The final year of funding is dependent on the projects providing strong outcomes for their clients.

Providers will be asked to collect service data to assess the impact of the service, to better understand what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage and contribute to the evidence base.

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