Support for Indigenous sexual abuse survivors in the NT

Indigenous survivors of child sexual abuse in the Northern Territory will soon have access to support services, following a $550,000 Australian Government investment in two specialist organisations.

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews said the three-year funding boost to Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin and Central Australia Aboriginal Congress in Alice Springs will support those affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

“We know it is critical that survivors of child sexual abuse have access to specialised and culturally appropriate support services that suit their needs,” Mr Andrews said.

“This is part of a $45 million investment into services to meet the increased demand for support as a result of the Royal Commission.

With this funding, these two organisations can offer counselling, support or other case management services to Indigenous people affected by sexual abuse while in institutions.

“Both of these organisations are well established in their communities, already providing a range of support services including primary health care, counselling and advocacy support throughout various regions of the Northern Territory.

“The Healing Foundation—which supports culturally strong, locally run Indigenous healing programmes—will work with the organisations as part as part of a national network of Indigenous-specific Royal Commission support services.”

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Nigel Scullion has welcomed the funding.

“This will provide much-needed support to those Indigenous Territorians who have suffered the trauma of sexual abuse whilst in institutions,” Senator Scullion said.

“Ensuring that support is provided in an appropriate and culturally-sensitive way is critical to helping victims.”