Fourteen community organisations across Queensland have been successful in receiving grant funding from the Queensland Government for projects that respond to domestic and family violence (DFV) in the region’s diverse communities.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman says the funding is being delivered under the first round of the $1 million Safe and Diverse Communities Grants.
“These grants are part of our commitment to women’s safety and the prevention of DFV in Queensland’s culturally diverse communities.”
“The Safe and Diverse Communities Grants build on our commitment to working in partnership with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to address DFV”.“We know that culturally and linguistically diverse Queenslanders can be at increased risk of experiencing DFV and face additional barriers to reporting violence, seeking support and escaping a DFV situation.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs Leanne Linard says women in culturally diverse communities can face an increased risk of domestic and family violence, isolation and language barriers, which may affect their ability to seek assistance when escaping violent relationships.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s Safe and Diverse Communities Grants Program is vital to ensuring vulnerable women from diverse backgrounds receive assistance when they need it most.”
Minister Fentiman says two community organisations in Logan CIty have been successful in receiving a grant of between $10,000 and $25,000 to support small, targeted community-led projects in diverse communities to prevent, recognise and respond to domestic, family and sexual violence.
“The projects will be delivered with a focus on engaging with cultural and faith leaders, awareness raising, developing understanding of Australian law and respectful relationships, and providing education within CALD communities,”
“Projects include workshops informed by young people to discuss SDFV, sexual safety and
consent, bystander training, understanding Queensland law and legislation and the local support services
that are available.
The program will also work with young people from CALD backgrounds who identify as LGBTQI+ to help tailor the education workshops
Minister Fentiman says the projects receiving a grant under round one will be delivered over eight months between February and October 2022.
“The projects and all innovative, culturally appropriate and focused on primary prevention, which will strengthen the capacity of Logan CALD communities to address all forms of violence against women.”
The Safe and Diverse Communities Grants are available over four years to 2024.