Indigenous engagement & research

The past year has seen NTV increasing its engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, and mainstream organisations delivering programs for Aboriginal men. Closer relationships have been forged with several organisations which has not only provided greater insight into the challenges faced by Aboriginal organisations in delivering programs to men, but has also enabled NTV to increase its cultural awareness across the organisation and improve its advocacy for members working with Aboriginal men and their families. In the twelve months leading up to June 2017, NTV visited with the following Aboriginal organisations:

  • Dardi Munwurro
  • Aboriginal Centre for Males, Referral Service (Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd)
  • Men’s Unit, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (Preston)
  • Rumbalara (Shepparton)
  • Mallee and Districts Aboriginal Corporation (Mildura)
  • Greater East Gippsland Aboriginal Corporation (Bairnsdale)
  • Yoowinna Wurnalung Healing Service (Lakes Entrance)

NTV staff participated in a series of cultural competency workshops. This laid a foundation to work more effectively with their Aboriginal clients, colleagues and members, as well as gain an improved understanding of Aboriginal people and the issues they face today.

NTV also commissioned a literature review on Aboriginal men’s behaviour change programs and other programs aimed at addressing violent and other harmful behaviours practiced by Aboriginal men. These programs range from those delivered in prisons and post-release; working with young men and boys; improving their fathering skills; and, programs for Aboriginal men who simply want to become better men. The common thread in all men’s programs run by Aboriginal organisations is a focus on strengthening culture and identity. The philosophy of most Aboriginal programs NTV has engaged with is that by strongly embedding programs with Aboriginal cultural knowledge men can gain insight into their harmful behaviours.

In addition to this, some programs are trauma informed which acknowledges the man’s violent behaviour as a manifestation of historical and social impacts that need addressing as well as the presenting behaviour. There is a lot of positive work being done in Aboriginal communities using these approaches.

NTV looks forward to continuing to build robust and productive relationships with Aboriginal communities to strengthen positive outcomes for Aboriginal men, their partners, and their families.

Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY) and No To Violence (NTV) will be hosting the Working with Aboriginal Men and Family Violence Conference in Adelaide on December 7 & 8, 2017. KWY is an Aboriginal organisation based in Adelaide delivering services across South Australia to Aboriginal families to address family violence. No To Violence is the peak body for organisations and individuals working with men to end their violence and abuse towards family members. REGISTER NOW

Janis Constable, NTV’s Indigenous Engagement Consultant