Family Violence Prevention Education Stimulates Strong Engagement:
Photo: ARDS Break the Cycle of Violence poster
In May, Dave (Munydjutj) spent a week in Yurrwi continuing ARDS’ Family Violence Prevention Education project. There, he worked closely with the strong and passionate local Wangurri woman Elizabeth Ganygulpa Dhurrkay. The team facilitated workshops with men’s and women’s 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.
Our final field trip for this project is planned for Galiwin’ku, Gapuwiyak and Yirrkala during the 2017/18 financial year. However we are very keen to look for ongoing funding to continue this work.