Category Archives: Indigenous

Media reporting to gain family violence insight

The Victorian Government has announced a $425,000 grant to Our Watch to deliver their new media reporting program, which seeks to improve media reporting on family violence and violence against women as part of its work to change harmful and sexist attitudes.

The Our Watch project will also create guidelines for reporting related to Aboriginal women, culturally diverse women, women with disabilities, older women and the LGBTI community. Seniors Rights Victoria is participating in the consultations of this project. read more

Launch of Elder Abuse Prevention Network in Ballarat

Parliamentary Secretary for Human Services Sharon Knight MP neatly summed up the purpose of elder abuse prevention networks at the launch last month of the Victorian Government’s newest location, the Central Highlands Elder Abuse Prevention Project in Ballarat.

“The aim is to take prevention to where older Victorians meet and to the people who interact with them the most,” Ms Knight said. “We want them to know they will be supported and understood, and that help is at hand.”

The new network is hosted by Ballarat Community Health and is one of 10 across the state being funded by the Victorian Government. Its launch reiterated the touch-points for older people in the community with attendee representatives of many community groups including the Men’s Shed and the U3A, councils, aged care, health services and Victoria Police. read more

‘Respect Our Elders’ Aboriginal brochure launched

GT_Elders_2_29Apr14_cropped_smallA two year association between Seniors Rights Victoria and Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative culminated in the release of the ‘Respect Our Elders’ brochure in Warrnambool on April 29th. Elders, community members and staff from local organisations attended the launch, which was funded by the Victoria Law Foundation. ‘Respect Our Elders’ is the first Koorie-specific pamphlet on elder abuse in Victoria. Elder abuse is no more prevalent in Koorie communities than other parts of the community, but after talks with staff and community members of Gunditjmara, it was decided to develop and produce a relevant and meaningful pamphlet for the whole Gunditjmara community. The pamphlet, designed by Jodie Brennan of Deadly Design, features the totem of a shield, a protective emblem. The language used is accessible and easy to understand and promotes elders as custodians of Aboriginal culture. Abuse of elders is NOT deadly! Aboriginal_Brochure_Elder Abuse DL (PDF 456 kB) read more