Media Release: Improved family violence support for ATSI in Melbourne's east
Monday 20 June, 2016
Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) women affected by family violence in Melbourne’s east is set to strengthen, as two specialist family violence organisations celebrate a renewed partnership to enhance services.
Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) is the specialist family violence service in Melbourne’s eastern region and together with Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS), the region’s only specialist Aboriginal family violence service, they will provide an integrated, region-wide family violence response for the ATSI community.
“As we approach National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observation Committee (NAIDOC) week 2016, both our organisations share a renewed and timely vision to enhance regional support for ATSI women experiencing family violence,” said Jenny Jackson, EDVOS CEO.
“EDVOS will work with BWAHS to close the gap by offering a number of services not currently available within their organisation. This includes access to flexible family violence support packages, along with an integrated suite of services such as housing, counselling and legal support.”
Many Aboriginal families who seek support from BWAHS are in a family violence crisis situation and require urgent assistance.
“We undertake a comprehensive risk assessment and for some women who elect not to use an Aboriginal-specific service, we work with EDVOS to access services that best support women during a crisis,” said Rose Solomon, BWAHS Manager.
“Women need to feel safe and choice plays a big part. ATSI communities are closely connected and some women may prefer not to use our service.
“In this case, EDVOS has expert capacity and can provide access to a mainstream service.”
In conjunction with EDVOS, BWAHS extends an invitation to mark their partnership during NAIDOC week, held yearly to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Wednesday 6 July, 2016, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service
289 Swansea Road, Lilydale 3140.
Register by 30 June, 2016 to Sandy Barber 9212 0200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Morning tea will be provided.
For media enquiries, contact Rose Solomon (Manager, BWAHS) on 03 9212 0200 / email@example.com or Jenny Jackson (CEO, EDVOS) on 9259 4200 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS) is the lead Aboriginal-specific family violence service in Melbourne’s eastern metropolitan region and provides a range of services and programs to Aboriginal families who experience family violence. BWAHS provides these services and programs to Aboriginal men, women and their children; in recognition of the intergenerational trauma associated with family violence which continues to impact on Aboriginal families today. www.bwahs.org.au
Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) is the specialist family violence service in Melbourne’s eastern metropolitan region, empowering women and children who are responding to family violence. They provide integrated support, advice, information, case management, safety planning, community education, programs for pet safety and a strong network of referral pathways to other services. www.edvos.org.au