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At Seniors Rights Victoria we have a monthly team catch up. It's been great to be able to get together in person recently, after the ongoing lockdowns in Melbourne over the past couple of years. We've been lucky enough to have some special guests join us for our get togethers and in August we met with members of the team at Djirra.
Djirra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation that provides holistic, culturally safe, legal and non-legal support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience family violence – predominantly women. Djirra also designs and delivers important, community-based early intervention and prevention programs and undertakes policy and law reform work to improve access to justice, strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s resilience and reduce vulnerability to violence. Djirra finds solutions through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women sharing their stories, journeys, and experiences.
Getting together with Djirra helped us identify ways that we can work together to help people who have experienced abuse recover and heal. It was also inspiring to hear from each other how SRV and Djirra are working in primary prevention, in the hope of creating a world where people can live free from abuse and fear - where organisations like ours won't need to exist!