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Papers are now being called for the 2014 World Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference scheduled to be held in Cairns, Australia on 8th – 10th December 2014

Media Release follows

From MEES Australia

MEES Australia is pleased to announce the formulation of the 2014 World Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference scheduled to be held in Cairns, Australia on 8th- 10th December 2014. The event is designed to be the largest international gathering of Indigenous and non Indigenous peoples with an interest in stopping Domestic Violence within Indigenous communities.  Our goal in hosting this conference is to highlight positive outcomes of various community programs that impacts Indigenous families on a day to day basis dealing with issues of domestic violence within our communities.  MEES’ philosophy is to provide opportunities for networking, sharing of information and experiences that will empower individuals, groups and organisations in the struggle against Domestic Violence.

As today’s society has moved forward into structured communities, the incidence of intra-tribal violence has slowly faded. Gender equalization and the abuse of the rights of many women and children have also played an important role in highlighting violence within the family unit. Some great initiatives over the years have been developed to stem the incidence of domestic violence. It is recognised that abuse takes place in all areas of society from the rich to the poor, from Indigenous communities through to mainstream society. However, Indigenous people have a unique style of living whereby the “family unit” is not confined to the mainstream nuclear family. It is extended family which in many cases is made up of the whole community, especially living in isolated areas.

This conference will focus on a holistic approach based upon the beliefs of many Indigenous peoples, no matter where your origins come from. As such, the topics will be centred around the psychological, physical, emotional and mental well being of the individual together with the community. Therefore, we expect to draw delegates from many areas, including researchers, community representatives, government and non-government agencies.

As such we are extending special invitations to Indigenous groups from around Australia and the world where many of these communities have strong and powerful programs in areas of the control and prevention of domestic violence. The conference will provide opportunities to showcase Indigenous groups’ initiatives in all regions of the world which makes the conference a-must event to attend.

Violence against any family member constitutes a violation of the rights and fundamental freedoms of that individual and impairs or nullifies their enjoyment of those rights and freedoms. Recognising that violence against someone is an unequal power between the aggressor and victim.  This leads to an uneven balance within the domestic environment which therefore causes further friction or disharmony with other household members, in particular the children. MEES’s vision is to break the barriers of silence and stand as a unified group to combat domestic violence and their aftermath by having an open and transparent conference. This in turn will emphasise the inequality that exist in society today.

In our everyday working life, we work hard and under great stress to develop great strategies and innovative programs for our communities and rarely we get the chance to develop our own careers in our field of expertise without impacting on our own families. Because of our busy and demanding workloads, we do not access or have the opportunity to see what is just around the corner; let alone what’s in the next town, state or country. This conference will take you and your organization not just to the next corner but to as far as you could possibly imagine. The event will bring Australia and the world to your doorstep. Just ask yourself how valuable this experience could be to see how other programs work.

To ensure grassroots community programs are highlighted, no less than 50 percent of the conference proceedings are and is devoted to community groups. Papers are now being called for with the closing date on the 28th of February 2014. To further ensure the continuous success of the conference, an Indigenous working group is being established to advise on correct adherence to cultural equilibrium.  The conference is not political based rather should be seen as an opportunity to access information that is not readily available at your own level.

Visit the Conference Website for more information

Click here to submit a paper

Family Works North Shore Offer Safe Space for Youth affected by Violence or Abuse

Counselling Service for Children and Young People

FamilyWorks North Shore has a qualified and trained team who are able to offer a safe space for children and young people who have been affected by abuse, including those who have witnessed family violence. The team can travel across the North Shore and are available from Monday to Friday. Please call Tania on 4482633 for further details or to request a brochure.