WHITEHORSE

Grants to fight violence


Three organisations in the east receive cash for programs supporting women

THREE organisations from Melbourne’s east will benefit from additional funding to battle family violence.

The Eastern Domestic Violence Service, Women’s Health East and Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service were three of the 34 organisations to share in $3.85 million for preventing family and other forms of violence against women.

The Eastern Domestic Violence Service will promote gender equality through the implementation of its HAIR project, which involves establishing a trusting bond between hairdressers and their clients.

The Women’s Health East will build on its work to strengthen primary prevention in the Eastern Metropolitan Region.

The program will also capitalise on the opportunities to add value to the resilience, rights and respectful relationships program within schools.

Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service will expand its Liwurruk’s Girls in the Hood program, where up to 20 young Aboriginal women will be supported to become advocates within their local communities for prevention of violence and respectful relationships.

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson said prevention would only be effective when the whole community was involved in changing attitudes and challenging behaviours that could lead to family and gender-based violence.

“We know communities working together have the greatest impact on reducing family violence and violence against women,” she said.

State Eastern Metropolitan Region Labor MP Shaun Leane said helping to stop family violence before it started was “critical work that we all must be a part of”.