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Grant for family support

THE GLEN Innes Family and Youth Support Service has received a federal government grant of $140,300 to help implement practical solutions to reduce family violence.

Under the Building Safe Communities for Women initiative, successful applicants must participate in action research to support the sharing of learnings with other communities.

Glen Innes Severn Council manager of Community Services Janine Johnson said receiving the funding would be good for the town.

“The system for managing family and domestic violence is currently very fragmented and hopefully this will address that and ensure that the town is safer because of the initiative,” she said.

Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the grants will provide a valuable contribution in supporting communities to reduce violence against women and children in their own community.

“They will also help prevent this violence into the future and make a positive difference for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence,” he said.

“The sharing of information will be combined into a final report by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety.

“This report will take the form of a practical community user guide, bringing together information and case studies from the funded projects, providing a valuable resource for other communities into the future.”

Glen Innes Family and Youth Support spokeswoman Danielle Lightfoot said the grant would push greater awareness and a coordinated response to domestic violence.

“Our community has really got on board with schools, the Aboriginal community, Glen Innes Severn Council and the business sector united in an effort to help stem domestic violence.”

“Raising the awareness of the campaign to reduce domestic violence is of huge importance and the funding will certainly help the cause.”

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