After 15 years working with and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experiencing family violence, we are taking a new exciting path in our journey – We are now Djirra!
As Djirra, our existing work will continue, including frontline legal and non-legal services, early intervention and prevention programs, community education and policy and advocacy.
Addressing family violence will remain the core focus of the work we do. We will continue our commitment to support victims and survivors. We are expanding our services to broaden our positive and holistic approach to Aboriginal women’s wellbeing, safety and cultural identity.
Djirra is the Woiwurrung word for the reed used by Wurundjeri women for basket weaving. Traditionally, when women gathered to weave, important talks took place and problems were solved. Djirra symbolises Aboriginal women today, still coming together to share stories, support each other and find solutions.
Djirra is a place where culture is shared and celebrated, and practical support is provided. We are committed to breaking down barriers and finding better ways for Aboriginal women to be safe, access justice and claim equality.
“As an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO), we walk side-by-side with our sisters, supporting their journey to safety and wellbeing.” Marion Hansen, Djirra Chairperson.
“Aboriginal women are strong and resilient and we have the solutions to the problems affecting our lives. When sisters get together, we find answers.” Antoinette Braybrook, Djirra CEO.
We thank all our funders and supporters, including State and Commonwealth governments, philanthropic trusts, private business and individuals for the invaluable financial and pro bono support along our journey. We also acknowledge the courage and strength of all those who have been standing firm with us against family violence – thank you.
Hear our story, watch our video: Our Journey to Djirra.
5 March 2018