Respected Women


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:

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

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: emma.​lake@​dka.​com.​au

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion on DKA’s Social Well­be­ing Pro­grams, please con­tact Pro­gram Admin­is­tra­tor for Social Well­be­ing by email to: info@​dka.​com.​au

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the grants, please con­tact the Office of Domes­tic, Fam­i­ly and Sex­u­al Vio­lence Reduc­tion by email to dfv@​nt.​gov.​au