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Inala Wise, Taleisha Wise, Attorney-General Martin Pakula, FVPLS CEO Antoinette Braybrook, Federal Member for Isaacs Mark Dreyfus QC.
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Taleisha Wise
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FVPLS Board Chair Marion Hansen
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Attorney-General Martin Pakula
 Photo credit: James Henry Photography


NAIDOC Week Celebration - Announcement of ‘Djirra’

Aboriginal Family Violence and Prevention Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria) held our annual NAIDOC Week morning tea on Tuesday 4 July 2017. It was an extra special celebration this year, as FVPLS Victoria Board Chair Marion Hansen announced the name of our Koori women’s place as Djirra. The announcement coincides with the theme of NAIDOC Week 2017 focusing on Our Languages Matter.

FVPLS Victoria CEO Antoinette Braybrook addressed a packed room, speaking on the importance of the day, which was reflected by the record crowd attendance. “Today is a landmark for our organisation, a step towards our long-held vision to create a one-of-a-kind community place for Koori women from across Victoria, including victims and survivors of family violence,” said Ms Braybrook.

A moving Welcome to Country was provided by Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Joy Murphy, and young Taleisha Wise provided a lovely Acknowledgement of Country. The Attorney-General Martin Pakula also spoke, discussing the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to providing culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal victims and survivors of family violence. Mr Pakula outlined the commitment in the Victorian Budget 2017/18, which includes $1.1 million in funding for Djirra, “These targeted initiatives are designed to address the specific impact family violence has on Koori communities and help to end the cycle of abuse."

Many dedicated supporters were in attendance for the announcement, including the Federal Member for Isaacs the Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC, the Chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence Marcia Neave AO, Magistrate of the Children’s Court Jennifer Bowels and the Managing Director of Victoria Legal Aid Bevan Warner, among many others.

The event concluded with a screening of the healthy relationships video from the Deadly Duos social media campaign, a primary prevention strategy launched by FVPLS Victoria last month. The Victoria Government funded campaign promoted healthy relationships to Koori youth aged 13-21 years and featured a competition for young Aboriginal women, encouraging reflection on the healthy relationships present within their lives.  Competition judge, the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People Andrew Jackomos announced the winners, who will each receive a $1000 Visa gift card. Congratulations to the winners: Emily-Kate Salmon, Madylin Gamble, Terena Montalto, Kowirra Thorpe and Harmony Thomas.

Further coverage of the event can be viewed on FVPLS Victoria’s Facebook page, Twitter: @FVPLSVictoria and Antoinette Braybrook: @BraybrookA