Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

Aboriginal women from Alice springs have travelled to Canberra to deliver a defiant message – they are deeply worried about assaults of women in their communities, and they urgently need more support to make it stop.

Key points:

• Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group will stage a sit-down at Parliament House

• Some members of the group have been victims of domestic violence

• Aboriginal women are killed by their partners at twice the rate of other Australian women

“Basically we’re just sick of it. We’re coming here telling the decision-makers we actually want our voices to be heard“ said Shirleen Campbell, a resident of Hoppy’s Camp, one of 18 town comunnities on the outskirts of Alice Springs.

“We are the grassroots people, we know what’s best for our mob, so coming to Canberra is a start.”

The Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group a family violence education and support alliance will stage a sit-in, or sorry ceremony at Parliament House, in memory of the women who have been killed or injured by partners and relatives.

Two of Ms Campbell’s aunts were killed by their partners in 2014 and 2015 both women have suffered several years of abuse before their deaths.

“I’m doing it for my daughter, and I’m doing it for my grandmothers, my mothers, my aunties, and I also will be reflecting on to of my aunties who are not here today, and I’m doing it in honour of those two ladies,” she said. Other members of the group have been victims themselves of domestic violence.