Posted on 07 February, 2017

Family Violence Prevention Education Continues

Family Violence Prevention Education Continues

Ramangiṉiŋ Jan 30th – Feb 3rd.

Yinin and Dave spent a week in Ramangiṉiŋ continuing ARDS’ Family Violence Prevention Education projects. The team facilitated workshops with men’s, women’s and mixed groups of Yolŋu who had lots to input into the sessions. We’ve been really impressed by the strong engagement and the way these groups have grappled with this complex and often personal issue.

Using the Cycle of Seasons / Cycle of Violence Radio play and poster, we facilitated discussion about Yolŋu family and social values, problems that arise, and where solutions lie. We talked about the roles and responsibilities imbedded in gurruṯu, and the way these play out for relationships. We talked about the principles of preparing for and becoming a parent and where support can be found.

We then went on to investigate how problems enter the picture, what the causes are, and how we can work through them. Finally we talked about issues of violence and what the consequences are in both a Yolŋu world view and from a mainstream legal perspective. We were very happy to have NAAJA Community Legal Educators (Zhenia and Shaun) come to answer questions about how balanda law deals with domestic violence.

Our next field trip for this project is planned for Yurrwi (Miliŋinbi) in early May.

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