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Confiscated criminal assets to help prevent violence against women

By Canfan - 3 December 2014 0

Three women’s sector organisations will share in $80,000 of funding from the ACT’s Confiscated Assets Trust Fund, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.

“I have approved over $500,000 in payments from the fund since 2009 for projects that support the elimination of violence against women and advocacy for women’s rights,” Mr Corbell said.

“The successful applicants for this distribution demonstrate a strong commitment to ending domestic, family and sexual violence in the ACT, and offer an invaluable service to our community.”

The Canberra Rape Crisis Centre and the Domestic Violence Crisis Service will receive $40,000 to fund the Partner Contact for ACT Corrective Services’ Community Corrections Domestic Abuse Program.

This program will provide support to current partners of men in the program and ensure that partners are safe and supported when participating in this important service.

“I have also agreed to provide $30,000 to fund the ‘Being Safe, Being Strong’ program which is a self-advocacy training package being developed by Advocacy for Inclusion to provide education to women with disabilities to recognise and respond to violence that they experience,” Mr Corbell said.

The Women’s Centre for Health Matters will receive $10,000 to support a sexual violence prevention campaign. The trial program will work with the liquor industry to create training and campaign material promoting a zero tolerance for sexual violence message.

“A small group of licensed venues have committed to take action in their premises to deal with sexual violence and work with Women’s Centre for Health Matters on this innovative project,” Mr Corbell said.

“These payments recognise the vital and often complex work of non-government organisations in the territory to support the ACT Prevention of Violence against Women and Children Strategy.”

The Confiscation of Criminal Assets Act 2003 deprives offenders of the benefits of crime and allows the government to fund projects related to criminal justice activities, crime prevention and assistance to victims of crime.

(Simon Corbell Media Release)

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