Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative is one of 11 Aboriginal organisations across Victoria to be supported with new funding for family violence prevention and early intervention initiatives.
The Victorian government announced the Preventing the Cycle of Violence Aboriginal Fund on Thursday, which will see Aboriginal-led organisations and community groups share in $2.7 million over two years.
The fund is designed to build respectful, culturally rich, strong and healthy relationships for Aboriginal children, young people, families and Elders.
Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative will receive funding for it strong culture, stronger families project for family violence primary prevention in the Grampians region.
The Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association will receive funding to run resilience camps in Ballarat and Melbourne.
Aboriginal-led prevention is a key priority of Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – the new Aboriginal 10-Year Family Violence Agreement which the Victorian government launched late last year.
Dhelk Dja is focused on Aboriginal self-determination and represents a partnership between the Aboriginal community, Aboriginal services and the Victorian Government.