I am pleased to announce the NSW Government is delivering more than $500,000 to an innovative program that will educate teenagers on the warning signs of domestic violence.

2Connect Youth and Community has been awarded funding for its RE-THINK! Anti-Violence Project under the second round of the NSW Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund.

RE-THINK! will receive $530,000 to provide peer to peer information on healthy relationships and indicators of domestic violence at a crucial time in their lives, with a specific focus on teenagers in CALD communities.

I commend 2Connect Youth and Community on this pioneering project which aims to stop domestic violence before it starts in the Heathcote community.

I encourage local high school students to get involved with this important project by applying to join the Youth Advisory Committee or letting your teachers know you are interested in having RE-THINK! delivered at your school.

The NSW Government recently announced it has committed more than $12 million to 13 projects over the next three years, as part of the second round of the fund.

The successful projects have clearly demonstrated innovative approaches to supporting survivors and disrupting cycles of reoffending.

The $20 million Innovation Fund provides financial investment for projects focusing on prevention, early intervention, and crisis response to reduce domestic and family violence in NSW.

For further information on the successful projects, please visit: http://www.women.nsw.gov.au/violence_prevention/innovation-fund