Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Kimberley family violence model gets national tick

    9/02/2016 11:00 AM
    • Research confirms community-led responses the best approach to indigenous family violence
    • National body confirms State Government's Safer Families, Safer Communities Kimberley Family Violence Regional Plan 2015-2020 is on the right track 

    A national research paper has shown the State Government is on the right track in its response to family violence in Aboriginal communities.


    Child Protection Minister Helen Morton launched the paper Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women, commissioned by Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS), in Fitzroy Crossing today.


    In an event at the Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women's Resource and Legal Centre, Mrs Morton said the centre was a leading example of a community-led approach to family violence.


    "This centre is singled out because it recognises that violence against women is a whole-of-community problem which needs a whole-of-community response," she said.


    "For a service to be successful it needs a community-led response involving elders, community leaders and representatives and input from local government and community sector organisations.


    "Women need to be central to the design of programs to address violence, and services that provide access to justice and safety need to include a healing centre."


    The Minister said these concepts were all central to the State Government's Safer Families, Safer Communities Kimberley Family Violence Regional Plan 2015-2020.


    "Like Marninwarntikura, our Kimberley plan focuses on strong partnerships between government agencies, community sector services, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and community members," she said.


    ANROWS chief executive officer Heather Nancarrow travelled from Sydney to attend the co-convened event.


    Fact File

    • ANROWS was established under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022
    • ANROWS is funded by the Australian and State and Territory governments
    • Liberal National Government contributes $150,600 per year to ANROWS 

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