A co-designed, primary prevention program for women, to address domestic, family and sexual violence
Under the Northern Territory Government’s Safe, Respected, and Free from Violence grants program, Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) received $150K to co-design, facilitate, and develop its primary prevention project to ‘challenge and change social and cultural attitudes, practices and structures that underpin domestic, family, and sexual violence’ (DFSV).
Under DKA’s Social Wellbeing Program, which includes Codes 4 Life (for men only), the workshop-based DFSV Respected Women Program is for women only, and aims to:
- Raise awareness about DFSV, its types, its drivers, and the tools we can use to prevent it;
- Educate participants on how to access help, and how to respond to violence when needed;
- Create a safe place where participants can ask questions and share stories;
- Reinstate the authority of Elders using storytelling to teach women experiencing DFSV about traditional knowledge and practices for preventing and responding to violence; and
- Break the bias that culture justifies violence.
As a collaborative primary prevention project, DKA will be seeking strong partnerships and involvement from Elders, community members, and relevant organisations.
DKA will hold the first of its 2023 Respected Women workshops in Kintore and Utju, each of which will be developed on community, and in three phases:
Co-design the workshop program with Elders and community members
Demonstrate and evaluate the co-designed workshop program
Refine and establish the workshop program model from recommendations
Reporting to the Office of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction, Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities, DKA’s Respected Women Program is guided by the following principles of the Northern Territory’s DFSV Reduction Framework:
- Women and children’s safety and wellbeing is at the centre
- Shared responsibility, partnerships, and local responses
- Evidence and needs-based, and outcomes focused
- Focus on long-term social and cultural change
- Shared awareness and understanding of domestic, family, and sexual violence
For further information on DKA’s Respected Women Program, please contact Project Manager Emma Lake by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on DKA’s Social Wellbeing Programs, please contact Program Administrator for Social Wellbeing by email to: email@example.com
For further information about the grants, please contact the Office of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction by email to firstname.lastname@example.org