Prevention of Family Violence
Preventing and addressing family violence is at the core of Djirra’s work. All our programs support Aboriginal women’s journey to safety and wellbeing. Our community education and early intervention and prevention programs (Sisters Day Out®, Young Luv® and Dilly Bag) focus on family violence prevention by:
- drawing on cultural strength to increase resilience
- reducing social isolation and vulnerability to family violence
- promoting healthy relationships
- creating awareness about the ‘power and control’ dynamics of family violence and family violence red flags.
We stand firm with Aboriginal women against family violence and deliver campaigns to make sure Aboriginal women’s voices are heard, victim blaming can be stopped and perpetrators can be held accountable. Watch Kiah’s story, our healthy relationships video.
Cultural & Wellbeing Workshops
Sisters Day Out® is our long standing wellbeing workshop, where Aboriginal women can support each other, enjoy a pampering session, get information about rights and options, and engage with support services available. Sisters Day Out® workshops are held regularly in community where everyone is welcomed. For more information on our upcoming workshops, check our events page.
Young Luv® is designed for Aboriginal young women aged 13 to 18. It is a half day activity facilitated by Aboriginal women to engage Aboriginal teenagers in a culturally safe space where they can talk about, reflect on and better understand important issues affecting their lives. The Young Luv® workshops are focused on promoting healthy relationships. For more information on our upcoming workshops, check our events page.
Dilly Bag is a small group residential workshop which draws on cultural principles and the strength of our Aboriginal heritage in order to promote healing, to motivate and to unlock the potential within each participant according to their expectations and circumstances. For more information on our upcoming workshops, check our events page.
Koori Women's Place
The Koori Women’s Place is a unique cultural program based in Abbotsford. We offer a safe space for women to gather, participate in activities, share stories, or sometimes, just have brief respite from the immediate and pressing impacts of family violence. We usually welcome Aboriginal women to visit us between 9am – 5pm. At the moment, our doors are closed but you can reach out on free call 1800 105 303, and:
- Join in online cultural, wellbeing social activities;
- Have a yarn, unwind and take a break;
- Get personalised support from our Senior Support Workers;
- Connect with Djirra lawyers;
- Connect with a counsellor (by appointment only);
- Be connected with a service provider partnering with the KWP to get information or talk about issues (e.g. Centrelink, Births, Deaths and Marriages, Consumer Action Law Centre etc.).
Phone Counselling is now available at Djirra.
To access the Counselling Program at Djirra you have to:
• Identify as an Aboriginal woman.
• Be at least 18 years old.
Counselling is about reflecting on your life. A reason to come to counselling is that you would like things in your life to be different. You might know how you would like them to be but you don’t know the steps to take to create the change.
Counselling is the process of having a support person (counsellor) help you reflect on your life and what you want to change. This counsellor will listen, be non-judgemental, offer a different perspective and assist you to “think about things in a different way”.
- Counselling is available on Tuesday and Thursdays
- The counselling sessions go for up to 45 minutes
- appointments are available between 10am and 4pm
For more information, please read our ‘Thinking about counselling fact sheet‘.
We are here for Aboriginal women and encourage community members
to call on 1800 105 303 and talk to us.