Grants to local organisations to prevent and respond to sexual violence

WOMEN Up North and Family Support Network have been granted more than $1.25 million for a project to prevent and respond to sexual violence in the Northern Rivers.
Media Release

Women’s Health NSW has been granted $825,000 to provide services  in Lismore and across NSW.

Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin has congratulated the organisations for being successful in the competitive grants funded under State and Commonwealth National Partnership Agreement.

“This is recognition of the important role these organisations play in our community, through their services and advocacy for women, families and young people in the Northern Rivers.

“The Minns Government is working with the Commonwealth to give service providers the tools they need to tailor their services to individual communities,” Ms Saffin said.

Women Up North CEO Jillian Knight-Smith and Family Support Network CO Kaali Ortmann said they are proud and excited to accept this much-needed funding to train community workers in how to respond to sexual violence.

Their ‘Billy Button’ project is named after a native wildflower, to symbolise hope.  The project will work with local communities to develop and provide learning on how to respond to sexual violence.

“Our communities have experienced an increase in sexual assault and need support. It is heart-warming to see the NSW Government choose to invest some of this funding in our region,” Ms Knight-Smith said.

NSW Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Jodie Harrison, said sexual violence has a devastating impact on victim-survivors and those around them.

“These grants will fund intervention initiatives that support specific groups at higher risk of experiencing sexual violence including women and children, First Nations people, culturally diverse communities, LGBTIQ+ people, older women and people with disability,” Minister Harrison said.

For more information on the successful grant recipients, visit the NSW Sexual Violence Project Fund webpage NSW Sexual Violence Project Fund

Friday, 14 July 2023