The Andrews Labor Government has delivered $50,000 in additional funding to support the work of the Sisters Day Out program, run by the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria).
Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson today attended the one-day workshop, which seeks to engage with Aboriginal women in order to prevent family violence.
Building on existing support from the Victorian Government, the additional funds from the Office of Aboriginal Affairs will go towards supporting the activities of the program, including self-care and wellbeing information, education and access to service providers.
Sisters Day Out aims to create a prevention and early intervention response, bringing together Aboriginal women in a safe and culturally welcoming space.
Visiting as part of the Victoria Against Violence campaign, Ms Richardson said that family violence cut across every strata and did not discriminate based on location or background.
Raising awareness of the issue and addressing its underlying causes, she said, was vital to achieving real and sustained change.
Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson
“No community is immune from violence towards women and girls – so it’s vital we are working together at a local, state and national level in addressing this issue.”
“It’s also important we do what we can in terms of preventing family violence, including building a sense of wellbeing and connection, and tackling poor attitudes towards women.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins
“The Andrews Labor Government has provided Sisters Day Out with an additional $50,000 in funding to help support their work in reaching out and bringing together Aboriginal women to address family violence.”
Reviewed 10 February 2021