Respected Women: DKA Pilot Program
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