Grants to help prevent domestic, family and sexual violence among young people
Grants of up to $5000 for youth service providers to develop domestic, family and sexual violence primary prevention programs that support vulnerable young people in South Australia are now available.
A total of $120,000 of grants will be awarded to providers to develop initiatives that build young people’s capacity to address the drivers of domestic, family and sexual violence, and raise awareness of the key issues.
Programs that engage young people in developing communication and campaigns that encourage safe and respectful relationships are desirable. Offering these types of programs through youth support services is important, as many vulnerable young people are less likely to be engaged with mainstream education.
Young men aged 16 to 24 are known to be at greatest risk of perpetrating violence, and young women are almost five times as likely to experience sexual assault than young men. Nationally, young women aged 18 to 24 are more likely to experience physical or sexual violence than any other age group. These statistics are shocking and we must continue to work closely with the providers at the forefront to address these issues.
The funding program also links to Committed to Safety, the State Government’s framework for achieving a coordinated, targeted series of actions to prevent and respond to domestic, family and sexual violence in South Australia. Youth service providers who are successful in getting a grant will receive specialised training from Our Watch.
Interested providers are invited to visit the SA Tenders and Contracts ‘Youth Primary Prevention Grants’ page to express interest in the grant program, before 29 March 2019.
Grants will be awarded before 30 June 2019. The grant funding is part of the State Government’s 2018 Youth Safety Strategy, which aims to improve services, systems and community awareness of youth safety issues.