Standing Strong for Sisters Day Out ®
To: Australian Government Attorney-General's Department
We call on the Commonwealth Attorney-General to urgently reinstate funding for the Sisters Day Out program, an Aboriginal women’s cultural, wellbeing and family violence education workshop that has positively reached into the lives of over 5,000 Aboriginal women across Victoria over the past five years.
Why is this important?
The May budget has ripped away $4.5 million nationally from the Attorney-General’s Department Early Intervention Program. In Victoria this means the loss of funding for our Sisters Day Out program. This program plays a fundamental role in ensuring that Aboriginal women are aware and able to utilise their legal rights to ensure that they and their children are safe from family violence. This funding cut will have immediate and devastating consequences for the prevention of family violence and sexual assault against the most vulnerable Victorian Aboriginal women and children, especially in rural and regional Victorian communities. Sisters Day Out has successfully engaged with mainstream services and organisations to strengthen their capacity to work in more culturally responsive ways within Victoria’s Aboriginal communities and extend access to justice. Recurrent funding needs to be provided by the Federal Government to ensure that the critical holistic prevention and response work of Family Violence Prevention Legal Services nationally is sustained and enhanced. Please help us reinstate this vital funding by signing our petition, and sharing with as many people as possible. Thank you. Antoinette Braybrook Chief Executive Officer Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria) www.fvpls.org 1800 105 303 Join our Sisters Day Out Group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/68674086042/