This program will follow the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Federal and State Government’s commitment to Closing the Gap principles. It will...
Liworaji Aboriginal Corporation
Walking into Doors
FIELD OF INTEREST
- Indigenous communities
- Individual/family services & support
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples
- People experiencing socio-economic disadvantage or vulnerability
This program will follow the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Federal and State Government’s commitment to Closing the Gap principles. It will also compliment the 2015 report of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland.
In line with traditional Aboriginal practices, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) will partner with the Liworaji Aboriginal Corporation in the delivery of the program, because culturally as a community, we all have a responsibility to look after one another.
The project is an Award winning Queensland Police Service (QPS) initiative written and developed by our Female Police Liaison Officer.
It is envisaged the project will be community driven and primarily facilitated by external stakeholder, Liworaji Aboriginal Corporation and the ATSI Police Liaison Officer Team. The project also will be supervised by QPS Domestic and Family Violence Coordinator.
It is an opportunity to encourage the Ipswich Indigenous community and individuals to speak out against violence and abuse, as well as to empower people to work together towards its prevention. It is a new approach to domestic and family violence The program outlines a culturally sensitive and positive plan of action to address domestic and family violence. The major emphases of the program are culture, education and prevention. Concentrating on stopping the violence before it happens, reducing the number of breaches and repeat calls for service. The program will also connect those living with violence with culturally appropriate services to address issues identified by the community as triggers.
The focus of this Project is to provide a culturally sensitive and supportive Domestic Violence education and diversion program. The Indigenous “Walking into Doors” Program, has several main objectives:
• To reduce the amount of domestic violence in the Aboriginal Community;
• To assist Aboriginal men and women to identify what triggers their domestic incidents;
• To help them with coping mechanisms that will encourage positive behavioural change;
• To supply them with avenues of support;
• To empower both men and women to address these issues;
• To provide a strong focus on cultural, family and respect:
• To provide an understanding of Domestic Violence Orders;
• Understanding co-dependency;
• Culturally strength-based practices;
• To restore culture, lore and authority back in to in to the home;
• Strengthen relationships;
• Provide women with a culturally led voice (through the elders);
• To provide an understanding on the roles of the court and police.
Liworaji Aboriginal Corporation
Liworaji provides a unique service to the Ipswich community and have been creating opportunities through community empowerment for many years. The service continues to assist community and are seeking funding to ensure that the community continues to take strides to improve their own lives. As earlier stated, Liworaji has, through data collection, shown a gap in the services accessible to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Ipswich, Qld.
Throughout 2019, the ATSI PLO team established a vital support network in the Ipswich District for the referral of Aboriginal people involved in incidents requiring Police attendance. The majority of the jobs the PLO has assisted with, involved but was not limited to Domestic Violence, Deebing Creek negotiations, Shop steal, Common assault, and Volatile Substance Misuse. Of these jobs Domestic Violence was at the forefront.
PLO team discussed the high rates of DV incidents with key stakeholders, namely:
• Liworaji Aboriginal Corporation;
• Murri Court;
• Five Bridges;
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service; and
• QPS Crime Prevention, DVLO and HRT Teams.
TOTAL BUDGET: $173,000
|Aboriginal Elders Support - In kind||$23,000|
|Funding gap (unconfirmed)||$150,000|
|Equipment (Computer & software)||$3,400|
|Wage (DV Facilitator)||$58,000|
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