Tackling Family Violence

20 April 2016

Funding to tackle increasing rates of family violence is now available to organisations and agencies on the Border and North East.

Following the White Ribbon Ball in November last year where $25,000 was raised, Wodonga Council and AlburyCity and local police have launched the Prevention of Violence against Women grants program. 

The application process is currently open and closes on 27 May 2016 at 5pm. Application forms and guidelines are available on our website.

The cities have seen significant increases in family violence in recent years with 91 per cent of victims female. This has prompted concerted cross-border action to tackle the issue. 

Cr Mark Byatt, a White Ribbon Ambassador, said local government had a significant role in leading the community towards acting on the issue.

"I'm very proud of the work we as a council and in partnership with AlburyCity and local police are doing to prevent and raise awareness of this unacceptable behaviour," Cr Byatt said.

The power of the cross-border approach was supported by AlburyCity's Cr David Thurley.

"To see our community unite at the White Ribbon Ball to say that violence against women in any form is utterly unacceptable was powerful and inspiring. That the ball raised so much money to support women in need was wonderful and we hope the next ball will be as successful. Stay tuned for details," Albury Cr David Thurley said.

The funding is available through two categories centred around prevention and assistance.

The first category will be available to the community as support for events, initiatives and programs which prevent and raise awareness of family violence.

The second will be used to help support agencies which specialise in helping women and children experiencing violence in Albury-Wodonga.

The grants are being administered by a cross-border committee made up of AlburyCity, Wodonga Council, NSW and Victoria Police and Albury Wodonga Domestic Violence Committee, which is made up of service providers.

Applicants in both categories can apply for a grant from $500 up to $5000 once a year.

Information will be available from the AlburyCity and Wodonga Council websites.

The launch of the grants follows Wodonga Council adopting a Prevention of Violence Against Women charter at its April council meeting.

Planning is under way for the 2016 White Ribbon Ball with AlburyCity set to host the event later this year.