Riverland Funding for a tailored project to address family violence experienced by Indigenous women and children


KWY is receiving $2.67 million in Federal Funding for a tailored project to address family violence experienced by Indigenous women and children.

When fully rolled out this will include 3 full time employees in the Riverland trained in addressing issues of domestic and family violence.

This initiative forms part of the $25 million Indigenous-focused package under the Coalition’s Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Pictured:  Tony Pasin MP    & CEO of KWY Craig Rigney






New Program set to address Aboriginal family violence.

The Coalition Government will provide $25 million to frontline Indigenous organisations and Family Violence Prevention Legal Services to address family violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.

The $25 million investment forms the Government’s Indigenous-focused package under the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Speaking at Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation’s premises in Adelaide today, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Government recognised that community-based, culturally-appropriate solutions were required to reduce the rate of family violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.

“The Coalition will invest $19 million in eight Indigenous community organisations to deliver a range of services, including trauma-informed therapeutic services for children, services for perpetrators to prevent future offending and intensive family-focused case management,” Minister Scullion said.

“Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation (KWY) is one of the eight Indigenous community organisations to be supported through this investment. KWY is a local community service with specialist experience in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

“KWY will receive $2.76 million through to the end of 2018-19 to deliver culturally safe and trauma-informed intensive family-focused case management services and a mix of therapeutic interventions for men, women and children.

“The new services will be provided in northern and southern districts of Adelaide and the Riverland.

“Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation has been funded based on its expertise as well as the needs of the local community. I commend KWY for its important work and look forward to hearing more as its project progresses.”

Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation CEO, Craig Rigney, said the new service model would enable KWY to offer a unique response and early intervention to family violence in a culturally-appropriate manner.

“This model enables KWY staff to monitor the safety of the Aboriginal women and children in real time. Our multi-disciplinary teams have the ability to instantly communicate with each other which in turn allows for a much-needed rapid response and monitoring of the women’s safety within the family,” Mr Rigney said.

“The model also enables KWY to continue its collaborative work with the homelessness and women’s domestic violence sector in South Australia as we all work towards ending violence against Aboriginal women and children.”

Minister Scullion said the Government would also provide $3.5 million to six Family Violence Prevention Legal Services to deliver holistic, case-managed crisis support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experiencing family violence.

“We have actively sought the views of First Australians on how best to address family violence. The services have been identified based on local needs and advice from the grassroots level.

“I’m also pleased to announce that We Al-Ii, a specialist Indigenous organisation, will receive $848,289 to develop and deliver trauma-informed training to all 14 Family Violence Prevention Legal Services across Australia. The Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Secretariat will also receive $300,000 to assist with implementing this training.

“Funding for Family Violence Prevention Legal Services is in addition to the base funding of more than $92 million over four years for these specialist legal services nationwide.

“These services provide culturally-appropriate support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women across the nation. This project will help to build their capacity to continue this invaluable work.”

The remainder of Third Action Plan funding, $1.38 million, will be used to help providers develop, monitor and evaluate the projects. This will contribute to the evidence base to better understand what works to reduce Indigenous family violence. This, in turn, will inform how to best provide further targeted investment to prevent family and domestic violence in the future.

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Lois O’Donoghue Hostel site revamped as community services hub

LOisBungala and KWY Aboriginal Corporations join forces to deliver community and education programs

The former Lois O’Donoghue Hostel site on Stirling Road has just reopened its doors as a community service hub run by the KWY Aboriginal Corporation (KWY), more than 18 months after the hostel closed down in March 2015.

Following its closure due to low occupancy rates, the property was purchased by local organisation Bungala Aboriginal Corporation (Bungala) in [insert date], with the intention of returning it to the local community through the delivery of essential social services.

Since the beginning of November KWY is running two of its main programs at the former hostel, one predominantly aimed at Aboriginal fathers to support them build a safe and supportive family environment, and a perpetrator behavioural change program to assist men who turn to domestic violence in their home environment.

KWY Chief Executive Officer Craig Rigney said the Lois O’Donoghue was a local institution of high significance, and the organisation felt very fortunate to have secured the lease of the site to start building a community services hub in Port Augusta.

“We’re starting with those two programs for now, but we have extensive plans to expand our service delivery, including our Aboriginal women’s family violence support program, which is to work hand in hand with our men’s program to provide a holistic response to family violence,” said Mr Rigney.

“We’re already in conversations with other social and educational institutions about additional services we can offer at the site. TAFE SA, for example, is keen to offer a whole range of courses at the facility from next year, including a Certificate II in Hospitality, Certificate II in Construction, Certificate II in Horticulture as well as Barista courses and training on family wellbeing.“For us this is a fantastic opportunity to reach more people with our services, and expand into the Port Augusta region. Most of our programs are held in metropolitan Adelaide, but it’s vital that members of the community living in South Australia’s regional areas have the same access to those services as their peers in the cities.” 


Preventing Violence Against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women

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Craig Rigney and Tod Stokes from KWY spoke about their work with Aboriginal men– both those who have been referred to their program by a court, and men who have self-referred.

They talked about the lack of services specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men around the country, and the need for greater funding in this area. They stressed the importance of working from a cultural framework to engage Aboriginal men effectively.

Terry Di Salvo spoke of her new role in the Aboriginal family violence program at Adelaide-based Aboriginal service KWY. While KWY has previously only employed male workers with a focus on working with men to prevent violence, it has recently created this new complementary position specifically to support Aboriginal women who are experiencing violence– particularly those who do not want to leave the relationship, but need support to ensure their safety. 


Cutting edge DV program

An Aboriginal organisation in Adelaide is scoring multiple success in the first weeks of a new cutting-edge, family focused domestic violence program. The Aboriginal Family Violence Program (AFVP)
launched in August focuses on women who want to stay in their relationships,”Rosie Batty, an Australian domestic violence campaigner and 2015 Australian
of the Year, a supporter of the organisation, recently attended the 5th anniversary of KWY’s behaviour change program for perpetrators of
domestic and Aboriginal Family violence.                                                                                                                                    
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L–R: Craig Rigney, CEO, KWY; The Hon. Zoe Bettison MP; Rosie Batty; The Hon. John Rau MP, SA Deputy Premier

and Attorney-General.

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Radio Adelaide podcast Craig Rigney CEO of  Kornar Winmil Yunti




White Ribbon Australia revamping campaign to stop violence against womenImage resultFirst Nations women are 45 times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than women in any other communities in Australia.Private and institutional approaches to tackle the issue have had limited success. White Ribbon Australia recently launched a revamped program of recruiting and training White Ribbon ambassadors from culturally and linguistically diverse communities including First Nations people. Craig Rigney is the CEO of KWY Aboriginal Corporation  based in South Australia.  He is one of White Ribbon Australia’s ambassadors.In this interview Craig Rigney describes his role and his involvement in the ongoing struggle to put an end to violence against women in the community..


Alice Springs woman Daisy Ward a driving force for change to stop the cycle of domestic abuse in indigenous communities

Domestic violence campaigner Daisy Ward in Alice Springs with the goanna sculpture she calls Driving Miss Daisy. Picture: Calum Robertson














Domestic violence campaigner Daisy Ward in Alice Springs with the goanna sculpture she calls Driving Miss Daisy. Picture: Calum Robertson

DAISY Ward’s home serves as a makeshift refuge for young women in her community who need a place to get away from violent partners.

Herself a survivor of family violence, the strong-willed woman in her late 50s is fiercely protective of the girls she takes in and does what she can to stop the cycle of abuse.

“My house is like a women’s refuge,” Ms Ward says. “Police bring the girls that have problems to my place. I keep an eye on them or talk with them. It’s really hard speaking out for themselves — they need someone who can understand.”

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