Cash for innovative domestic violence projects

COUNCILS, charities and community groups can share in $4 million to help them deliver projects aimed at reducing domestic violence.

Organisations have until August 27 to apply for a two-year $150,000 Federal Government Building Safe Communities for Women grant.

The money will go to projects offering "innovative and original" solutions to family violence that frontline workers believe has claimed about 45 lives this year.

"In order to significantly reduce the prevalence of violence against women in our society, it is vital the broader community understands and recognises domestic violence and its impacts, and is prepared to act," Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said.

"This funding will support community organisations to create their own solutions to tackle violence against women and respond to local needs.

"It will enable communities to invest funding where it is needed most to create an environment where women and their children are safe and supported."

If you or someone you know needs help, phone DV Connect on 1800 811 811, DV Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.