Funding boost to combat domestic violence

Benjamin Weir

Indigenous community organisations will receive $25 million in federal funds to help combat domestic violence, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion says.

Eight organisations will share in $19 million to deliver services including therapeutic treatment to children suffering trauma.

The government will also provide funds to six family-violence legal services specialising in crisis support to indigenous women and additional funding to the sector to evaluate and develop future domestic violence projects.

"We have actively sought the views of first Australians on how best to address family violence," Senator Scullion said on Wednesday.

"The services have been identified based on local needs and advice from the grassroots level."

The Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation, one of the organisations set to benefit from the funding, said the money would allow the organisation to offer more early interventions in a culturally appropriate manner.

"This model enables KWY staff to monitor the safety of the Aboriginal women and children in real time," chief executive Craig Rigney said.

"Our multidisciplinary teams have the ability to instantly communicate with each other which in turn allows for a much needed rapid response and monitoring of the women's safety within the family."

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.