Codes 4 Life: WOMEN
A co-designed program to address domestic, family and sexual violence.
Desert Knowledge Australia has received $150k in grant funding to develop a pilot program for prevention practices against domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV). The funding is under the “Safe, Respected and Free from Violence” Prevention Grant from Territory Families.
Codes 4 Life: Women will be built on the model of DKA’s existing flagship project, Codes 4 Life. It will be co-designed by Aboriginal women, leaders and Elders, with the support of DKA.
Indigenous programs are most successful when they are community-led, with community members defining their needs and designing and controlling the program (AIFS; CFCA Paper No. 32 – May 2015). DKA commits to ensuring Codes 4 Life: Women is community-driven to best respond to local needs.
The pilot program’s development has been divided into three phases.
“For Territory women, violence is the single largest driver for homelessness and is a major factor in children entering the child protection and youth justice systems.
Funding projects, including pilot programs such as Codes 4 Life: Women, is one way that we are breaking the cycle of domestic, family and sexual violence.”
- Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield
Codes 4 Life: Women will be built on principles guiding 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