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Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation Aboriginal Family Violence Policing Conference launch

Wednesday 02-May-2018 10:02

Northern Territory Police have been working with industry representatives to hold the second ever Aboriginal Family Violence Policing conference in Arnhem Land next month.

Capitalising on the success of last year’s conference, the June event will bring together a range of stakeholder groups with the authority to lead real change reducing domestic and family violence in remote locations.

“This Northern Territory initiated event acknowledges that more need to be done to stop family violence,” Domestic and Personal Violence Command Acting Commander Neil Hayes said.

“It’s important to have a conference like this that looks at domestic violence and what law enforcement agencies and restorative justice schemes can do to help reduce this problem in our community.

“By encouraging police from all jurisdictions to attend, we can help them identify grassroots initiatives they can implement in their regions,” Acting Commander Hayes said.

Around 150 delegates will travel to the remote Aboriginal community of Yirrkala for the conference from 20 – 22 June 2018. They will have a unique opportunity to engage with Aboriginal Elders and hear from leaders in the anti-violence space during the three day symposium.

The Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation based in Yirrkala is the Naming rights sponsor for this initiative, with Rio Tinto as the Platinum Sponsor. The two organisations have contributed $90,000 and in-kind donations to the self-funded conference.

The conference is also aimed at influential men from law enforcement and stakeholder groups who can lead the charge to prevent violence. NO MORE founder Charlie King is one of the keynote speakers at the conference which is being compered by Black Comedy star Steven Oliver.

NO MORE will be holding a march and formal dinner as part of the conference.

For more information about the conference, including a list of keynote speakers and activities, head to https://www.afvpconference.org/