Victorian community organisation which supports Aboriginal women welcomes additional funding.

24th Sep 2019

Victorian Corrections Minister Ben Corroll with the Djirra team - photo Ben Carroll facebook https://www.facebook.com/bencarrollmp/photos/a.615440868507531/2650473158337615/?type=3&theater

An Aboriginal organisation in Victoria has welcomed additional funding from the state government which will be used to assist ongoing efforts to reduce domestic violence and keep First Nations women out of prison.

Late last week the Victorian Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll announced an additional $1.46 million of funding over four years for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation Djirra.

Djirra provides culturally safe holistic support as well as legal services predominately for Aboriginal women.

Djirra CEO Antoinette Braybrook described the funding as a step in the right direction but says more needs to be done with rates of Aboriginal woman entering prison or on remand increasing by 155% in the last 5 years.

Speaking with CAAMA Radio Ms Braybrook says Aboriginal community controlled organisations need greater support to address the challenges faced by their people.