We can help prevent violence against women & promote gender equality

City of Parramatta is offering up to $60,000 in grants to community organisations to support strategies and programs that promote gender equality and prevent violence against women and their children.

Ten organisations that provide services, activities or resources to community groups within the Parramatta Local Government Area will each receive funding of up to $6,000 from Council’s Preventing Violence Against Women Grants program to deliver their nominated strategy and program.

sydney-fijiPrograms may include activities that: strengthen positive, equal and respectful relationships between women and men; challenge gender stereotypes and foster positive personal identities; promote women’s independence and decision-making in public and private life; or challenge the condoning of violence against women.

The statistics for violence against women in Australia are alarming, and particular groups are more likely to experience violence, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with a disability and older women.

On average, one woman is killed each week by their partner or former partner. One in five women has been physically or sexually assaulted by a current or former partner and one in three has been sexually assaulted since the age of 15. Of the women affected, more than half have children in their care.

Violence against women and their children costs the nation around $20 billion per year. Women are five times more likely than men to require medical attention or hospitalisation as a result of intimate partner violence, and five times more likely to report fearing for their lives.

City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said the delivery of this grants program demonstrates Council’s commitment to working in partnership with the community to enable local organisations to tackle significant social issues.

“The Preventing Violence Against Women Grants is an initiative that aims to address a major issue within society.  An important part of Council’s vision for Parramatta is to build a stronger community and tackling serious issues such as gender inequality as the fundamental cause of violence against women and their children can help us achieve that goal,” Ms Chadwick said.

“This initiative is a fantastic way for organisations that are in touch with the Parramatta local community to commit to tackling this important issue and encourage their members to get involved.”

Council’s Preventing Violence Against Women Grants Program is one of several projects funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services’ Building Safer Communities for Women (BSCFW) grants program.

The ten successful grant applicants will also receive expert training, consultancy and advice, and assistance with project management.

Applicants must be an incorporated not-for-profit community group or peak body that is not already directly involved in providing domestic violence related services or programs. Examples include childcare centres, community sporting teams, Parents and Citizens Associations, and social enterprises.

The Preventing Violence Against Women Grants program is open from 3 April to 5 May. For more information or to submit an application go tohttps://parracity.smartygrants.com.au/PVAW-2017.

For help in situations of violence women can contact 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

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