NAPCAN Funding Increase For Two New Positions In Alice Springs And Darwin

NAPCAN Funding Increase For Two New Positions In Alice Springs And Darwin

Northern Territory Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield

Renewed Focus On Domestic Violence Prevention

Victor P Taffa

Territory Government is investing in a ground-breaking domestic violence prevention program that will be delivered across schools and youth detention centres to build stronger and safer communities.

Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield said $366,000 is being provided to NAPCAN to create two new jobs, based in Alice Springs and Darwin, to implement a youth-focused domestic violence prevention program.

 

“I believe that every Territorian has the right to feel safe, especially in their home, that’s why this Government is tackling the causes of crime and social disadvantage.” Ms. Wakefield said.

“We know that teaching young people about respectful relationships is an effective way to prevent domestic violence and break the cycle of abuse for families.”

“NAPCAN’s Love Bites program is a first-of-its-kind initiative that trains local facilitators to deliver education and services to young people in school and in out-of-school settings like youth detention centres, as well as providing training and resources for the youth justice sector to work with at-risk youth.” Ms. Wakefield said.

“Delivery of this program aligns with the Gunner Government’s historic overhaul of the youth justice system and focus on preventative strategies.”

“Domestic and family violence is so often the trigger that puts children into child protection systems and young people into the youth justice systems.”

“By education and counselling young people at the earliest opportunity, we can make a real difference to the future of our young Territorians and reduce the huge social and economic cost that domestic violence has in the Territory.” Ms. Wakefield said.

NAPCAN NT Manager Lesley Taylor said the funding provided by the Territory Government will enable NAPCAN to strengthen its program delivery across the Territory working with schools, NGO’s and youth detention centres.

“NAPCAN is very excited about this new funding. We already know there is a huge demand for the Love Bites program in the Northern Territory, from young people, schools and communities.” Ms. Taylor said.

“Love Bites confronts violence by giving young people the knowledge and skills to change the way they behave in their own relationships and to support their friends to be safe.”

“Young participants themselves have told us that they want everyone in their community to have the opportunity to be part of Love Bites. They are introduced to concepts about what a healthy relationship looks like, the importance of consent, how to establish boundaries, and how to get support.”

“We can’t assume that young people automatically know these things, particularly if they’ve been exposed to domestic violence, as is the case for many young people in the youth justice system.”

“What really sets our program apart is that we link in with the local community so that everyone understands that they have a part to play in addressing domestic violence and preventing child abuse.” Ms. Taylor said.

NAPCAN trains local facilitators to deliver the program to young people in their own communities. Facilitators are trained to understand the concepts of preventing violence in relationships and then encourage young people to share their knowledge through local community education campaigns.

NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect)

NGO’s (Non Governmental Organisation)