Respected Women: DKA Pilot Program

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Co-designed program addressing domestic, family and sexual violence in the Anmatjere region.


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.

Respect­ed Women: DKA Pilot Pro­gram 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 Respect­ed Women is com­mu­ni­ty-dri­ven to best respond to local needs.

The pilot program’s devel­op­ment has been divid­ed into three phases.

The pro­gram will focus on the Anmat­jere region, which includes the com­mu­ni­ties of Ti Tree, Yue­la­mu, Laram­ba, Wilo­ra, Wil­lowra and Engawala.

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 Respect­ed Women: DKA Pilot Pro­gram, is one way that we are break­ing the cycle of domes­tic, fam­i­ly and sex­u­al violence.”

- Min­is­ter for Ter­ri­to­ry Fam­i­lies Dale Wakefield

Respect­ed 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

View the North­ern Territory’s Sex­u­al Vio­lence Pre­ven­tion and Response Frame­work 2020 – 2028.