Sunday, 4 October 2009

NT government gives $245,000 to strong men's council

NT Minister for Children and Families Malarndirri McCarthy announced $245 000 in funding for the NT Strong Men’s Council as apart of the NO MORE Domestic Violence Campaign.

Announcing the funding at TIO Stadium Marrara ahead of the Defence Jobs AFL Carnival this weekend, Minister McCarthy spoke of the NT Government’s commitment to ending family violence.

“The NT Government is committed to supporting families and communities tackle domestic violence,” Ms McCarthy said. “The NT Government has introduced legislation to make it mandatory for all adults to report serious domestic assaults.

“The NT Strong Men’s Council is led by Charlie King who has campaigned strongly against domestic violence in our community and is facilitated by Catholic Care NT.

“The group is made up of 16 representatives from communities around the Territory. “This additional funding will provide the opportunity for the group to meet more regularly and develop action plans on issues surrounding domestic violence.

“Our children deserve a future without violence and this can only be achieved with strong men and women spreading the message together that domestic violence will not be tolerated. “The No More campaign has seen men across the Territory link arms and show their commitment to saying no to domestic violence.

“This will continue this weekend with teams encouraged to link arms before the Defence Jobs Umpire Carnival matches to show their support for the campaign.” The NT Government has committed $15 million over three years to expand domestic violence prevention and intervention services.

Source: Ministerial Media Release

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