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Funds allocated to support DFV programs in diverse communities

The Queensland Government has allocated its first round of grants from $1 million in funding for projects designed to respond to domestic and family violence in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

Queensland Attorney-General and Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Minister Shannon Fentiman last week announced the first of 14 grants to community organisations across the state.

Ms Fentiman said that the funding was being delivered under the first round of Queensland’s Safe and Diverse Communities Grants scheme.

“These grants are part of our commitment to women’s safety and the prevention of DFV in Queensland’s culturally diverse communities,” Ms Fentiman said.

“We know that culturally and linguistically diverse Queenslanders can be at increased risk of experiencing DFV and face additional barriers to reporting violence, seeking support and escaping a DFV situation.

“The Safe and Diverse Communities Grants build on our commitment to working in partnership with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to address DFV.”

Ms Fentiman said 14 community organisations had received grants of between $10,000 and $25,000 to support small, targeted community-led projects in diverse communities to prevent, recognise and respond to domestic, family and sexual violence.

“The projects will be delivered across Queensland with a focus on engaging with cultural and faith leaders, awareness raising, developing understanding of Australian law and respectful relationships, and providing education within CALD communities,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Projects include workshops by The Migrant Centre on the Gold Coast to provide training to recognise the signs and patterns of DFV including coercive control, and videos produced in Kurdish and Arabic to provide information on DFV as part of the settlement orientation program for new members of that community in Toowoomba.

“The George Street Neighbourhood Centre in Mackay will also receive a grant to deliver four rounds of a short course on women’s safety and wellbeing for local CALD women.”

Ms Fentiman said the projects receiving a grant under round one would be delivered over eight months between February and October 2022.

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