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Minister launches “we say no more” music video at Parliament House

LESS TALK MORE ACTION – we need solutions now, the voice of our kids need to be heard

The “We Say NO more” CAMPAIGN led by a group of young Indigenous children in South East Queensland was launched at a community roundtable at Queensland’s Parliament House by Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman

The Minister said there were frightening statistics around violence against women with Indigenous women experiencing higher rates of violence than non-indigenous women.

“(And) we are fast heading towards 50 per cent of the children in the care of my department being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, if we don’t change what we’re doing,” Ms Fentiman said.

The roundtable was led by Professor Marcia Langton and facilitator Josephine Cashman.

Taking the charge to address violence again women, and working closely alongside of Marcia and Josephine, is one of Queensland’s largest and oldest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Organisations – the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Service (ATSICHS Brisbane).

“We are working with Marcia and Josephine and clearly we know that there is an ever-growing issue but we are not seeing on ground responses that support our community and more needs to be done in the early intervention and prevention space,” said Jody Currie, Chief Executive Officer of ATSICHS Brisbane.

The roundtable brought together key community and government services and program areas to look at community-led approaches to prevent violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. In addition, it looked at a campaign that would form a part of a collective national effort to end violence against Indigenous women in Australia (alongside Charlie King’s ‘NO MORE’ campaign).

“There are some effective programs making inroads in ending violence against women in their local context and as such, we have much to share and learn from,” said Ms Currie.

“This a new and exciting era in prevention. We have real opportunity to contribute to the solutions needed to end violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women,” she said.

Two women are killed in Australia every week as a result of domestic violence.  Recent statistics show that nationally, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are four times more likely than men to experience partner violence.  Twenty eight per cent of women who had experienced physical violence in the last 12 months said their current or former partner was the perpetrator, and 63% of women reporting a recent experience of physical violence identified a family member (including a current or previous partner) as the perpetrator, compared with 35% of males.

“Violence against women impacts every Australian community and is an issue for us all. In South East Queensland, home of Australia’s 2nd largest Indigenous populations, this is especially true,” Jody said.