Grants to tackle family violence

13 July 2016

Funding to tackle increasing rates of family violence has been awarded to three organisations on the Border.

AlburyCity, Wodonga Council and local police awarded the funds under the Prevention of Violence against Women Grants program, using funds raised from the White Ribbon Ball last November.

The cities have seen significant increases in family violence in recent years and 91 per cent of victims are female.

This has prompted concerted cross-border action to tackle the issue.

Three local projects have been awarded funding to prevent family violence occurring in the first place. These projects focus on raising community awareness, gender equity and respectful relationships:

  • St Patrick’s Football Club and Wodonga Hearts White Ribbon Day Match: $2000  
  • Love, respect, protect – Whole of school approach: $5000 (Wodonga Middle Years School)
  • Love Bites Program training – Cross border approach: $5000 (Yes Youth and Family Services)

The grants are administered by a cross-border committee made up of AlburyCity, Wodonga Council, Albury and Wodonga police, and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said the grants will make a real and immediate difference in the community.

“The panel decided to fund St Patricks and Wodonga Heart because it’s critical to work with the soccer league and other football clubs to develop respectful relationships,” Cr Speedie said. “And we commend the ‘Love Bites Program’ for taking a holistic and sustainable approach to what is a complex issue.”

AlburyCity’s Mayor Henk van de Ven also applauded the Border community for coming together on such a critical issue, and raising so much money at the 2015 White Ribbon ball.

“We need to keep up the momentum and the focus on saying that violence against women in any form is never acceptable. AlburyCity has already started planning for this year’s White Ribbon Ball on Saturday, November 12, so save the date now,” Cr van de Ven said.

Applicants in both categories can apply for a grant from $500 up to $5000 once a year with the next round in February 2017.