Helping local communities reduce violence against women

The Commonwealth Government is investing over $4 million across 28 projects to help local communities reduce violence against women.

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter said the successful grant recipients would each receive up to $150,000 to develop solutions to local issues.

“The prevalence of domestic violence across Australia is unacceptable,” Mr Porter said.

“One in six Australian women has experienced violence from a current or former partner.

“These grants recognise that we must all work together – governments, organisations and communities – to support women and their children experiencing violence, and to prevent it from happening in the first place.”

Some of the projects include:

  • The establishment of eight crisis accommodation shelters across North Sydney, Shoalhaven, Kempsey, Lismore and Newcastle for women who are homeless or escaping violence;
  • The introduction of a community leader education programme in Alice Springs to stop violence before it occurs and promote a safer and healthier community; and
  • The development of a youth network in Adelaide to better detect and act upon incidences of domestic violence.

The projects will be supported by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety who will also develop case studies of their effectiveness.

“These projects will give us a better understanding of what approaches work and why –invaluable knowledge that will be shared between the grant recipients and made available to other communities,” Mr Porter said.

Funding for the Building Safe Communities for Women grant is a Commonwealth Government initiative under the National Plan to reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

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Project Title



Australian Capital Territory

Carers ACT

We all care project



New South Wales

Glen Innes Family Support Services

Safe in our town project

Glen Innes


Arab Council

Live safe feel safe project



Benevolent Society

Women’s domestic violence prevention Macarthur project

Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly


Bourke Aboriginal Health

Challenge to Bourke to reduce family violence project



Women’s Community Shelter

Women's community shelters project

Nth Sydney, Shoalhaven, Kempsey, Lismore and Newcastle


Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW)

Mentors in violence prevention project



Northern Territory

Tangentyere Council

Family safety project

Alice Springs


Save the Children

Act local project
(part of a cross border initiative)



Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge

No more violence project

Barkly Region


World Vision

Channels of hope project




ACCESS Community Services

Living together, living safely project

Logan and Ipswich


Cairns Regional DV Service

Working from a collective impact project



Save the Children

Act local project

Doomadgee, Normanton and North Burnett


South Australia

Sammy D

Ending the cycle project

Bedford Park


City of Salisbury

No more excuses project



Aboriginal Health Council

Aboriginal Health Council's project

South Australia



Migrant Resource Centre

Creating safe culturally diverse project

Hobart and Glenorchy


Colony 47 Inc

What will it take – our community talks, listens, acts project

Launceston and North East Tasmania



InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

United in diversity: facilitating safer pathways project



Carers Victoria

Working Together with Men (WTWM) project

West Melbourne


Southern Family Life Service Association

Cardinia collective impact project

Melbourne South East


Women’s Health Loddon Mallee

Stand strong – safe communities for women project

Loddon Mallee


Primary Care Connect

Conversations for change project



Save the Children

Act local project
(part of a cross border initiative)



Western Australia

Women’s Health Care

Women's Health Care project

Western Australia


Association for Services Torture and Trauma Survivors

Families united together project



Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre

Women building belonging project

Fitzroy Valley


Peel Community Development Centre

Peels says no to violence project



Save the Children

Act local project
(part of a cross border initiative)