‘Stronger and Safer Community’

  

 
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ABOUT US - OUR JOURNEY

We are Galiwin'ku Women's Space Inc (GWS).

We are a Yolŋu led organisation, established in 2015 and run by a dedicated group of Yolŋu women who are passionate about finding a solution to the ongoing domestic family violence being experienced within the Galiwin’ku community.

 
 

The cycle of domestic violence experienced by Galiwin’ku families is creating ripples of fear, misery, worry, anxiety and stress throughout the community and causing a breakdown in trust and respect of our culture and Yolŋu law.

Yolŋu women identified many years ago that Galiwin’ku needed a dedicated safe-space for women and children to shelter from domestic family violence and that it would play an important role in breaking the cycle of violence.

It was a dream, a wish, but we recognised that a community driven response would be the only way to stop the violence and deliver a long-lasting solution to the challenges facing Galiwin’ku. We wanted to take real action that can bring a stop to the cycle of violence that is destroying our community and do things to restore a strong Yolŋu culture.

With community support and assistance from the Police, NAAJA, First Circles and ELP we set up GWS and successfully lobbied the Government for a commitment of $1 million to fund construction of a safe-space.

We have since been busy building our knowledge of domestic family violence prevention strategies and building valuable networks and relationships by participating in a variety of summits, conferences workshops and events related to domestic violence including visiting a number of existing safe-spaces in other parts of the NT. The new skills we learn will be applied to the development of GWS and its community-led solutions for creating a safer environment for Galiwin’ku families.

Initially we need to focus on the things that matter most to the women of Galiwin’ku, our children and our families but we aim to ultimately provide resources, services and enthusiasm that will bring long-lasting benefits to our entire community.

We want GWS to be an organisation with a community presence that is about more than just being a safe-space but is also source of community pride and inspiration because of how it supports and provides opportunities for counselling, education, yarning, outreach services and small business operations.

We want GWS to be a pioneering organisation with a powerful and everlasting positive impact on the Galiwin’ku community. Support us as we support you.

 
 

 

'The rainbow represents hope - as we always see a rainbow at the end of a storm'

 

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Our Vision

To stop the cycle of violence and create real change in our community so we achieve our aspiration to be a stronger and safer community.

 

Our Mission

We believe that strong culture means strong families and safe community, free of domestic and family violence.

Working together with both Yolŋu and Balanda (non-Yolŋu) we will support women, children and families (including men) in Galiwin’ku to overcome domestic and family violence by providing a range of crisis and preventative support resources and services.

We seek to achieve this by empowering women in the community to come together to support and encourage the healing and wellbeing of each other and that of our community.

We are committed to stopping the cycle of violence and will tirelessly pursue innovative ideas that will help build a stronger and safer community.

We will achieve success by having strong foundations, strong leadership and the right support.

 

 
 
 
 

OUR VALUES

Our values are our foundations that define who we are; how we will engage with the community and guide how the Galiwin’ku Women’s Space will operate.

Community – Our inherited values
We exist as an organisation only because of the values we inherited from our community that respects, celebrates and communicates Yolŋu culture through ceremony, seeks equality in personal safety for everyone, recognises that we all have a role to play in building the community we want while acknowledging that both Yolŋu Law and Balanda Law has a place and must be upheld.

Organisation – Our operational values
In delivering our services to the community we will be respectful of the community values and the good work being done by others. We will demonstrate an unwavering commitment to achieve our vision in all that we do while ensuring that confidentiality is respected and the trust we have from the community is nurtured.

Members – Our personal shared values
The organisation is guided in all that it does by decisions made by its members. Although diverse in skills, backgrounds, knowledge and experiences, we share a common set of personal values that underpin the foundation of the organisation. We conduct ourselves with honesty, taking responsibility and accountability for everything we do and say while also demonstrating respect by committing to foster and support each other regardless of differences. We have the courage to speak up, to take action and seek out the truth about how things really are while having the humility to reach out for assistance and advice when we need to in order to make good decisions. We show our compassion and love toward others with our genuine desire to want to help make a difference by sharing our wisdom and knowledge and engaging in support at a physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual level.

 
 

 

Our Aims & Objectives

01. Provision of crisis accommodation & support to victims of domestic and family violence

02. Run community workshops and programs aimed at educating and preventing domestic and family violence

03. Facilitate mediation programs for families at-risk of domestic and family violence

 
 
 

 We believe that strong culture means strong families and safe community, free of domestic and family violence.

 

OUR MISSION

 
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Work We Have Done To Date
 

 
 
  • February 2016: A partnership between ELP and the women was formed to support their aspirations around empowering women in Galiwin’ku (support was provided on a pro-bono basis until funding could be sourced).
     
  • June 2016: ELP were successful in securing funds from the Commonwealth Government’s Stronger Communities for Children Initiative, and project planning and activities commenced.
     
  • September 2016: The Galiwin’ku Women’s Space Committee was formed, Incorporation status was awarded, and committee members attended the White Ribbon Ball in Darwin.
     
  • October 2016: Bettina Danganbarr (Chairperson) attended the COAG National Summit on Reducing Violence Towards Women and their Children. NO MORE also visited Galiwin’ku and met with the committee & other community members.
     
  • November 2016: Bettina Danganbarr & Doris Yethun (Project Facilitator) attended and presented the Galiwin’ku Women’s Space story at the Northern Territory Forum on Domestic Violence.
     
  • Assets (computer and ipad) were purchased for Galiwin’ku Women’s Space
     
  • 2017: In the first half of 2017, Galiwin’ku Women’s Space will embark on a Study Tour. Members from the GWS committee will visit established safe houses in Angurugu, Nhulunbuy and Alice Springs to learn from their practice’s and build relationships with key providers of DFV services in the NT.  These members will then be equipped with new skills that can be applied to the development of GWS and its community-lead solutions for creating a safer environment for Galiwin’ku families.
    The organisation will then undertake the development of a long term Strategic Plan that will provide guidance and direction to the Galiwin’ku Women’s Space over the coming years.
 
 

 

Creating  Yolŋu driven solution

 

 

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What is the issue

Domestic and family violence is a serious issue across Australia, particularly impacting those experiencing complex and historically compounded issues such as social disadvantage and intergenerational trauma[1]. Family violence can be viewed as both a cause of and a result of intergenerational trauma and lateral violence within Indigenous communities[2].

The instances of significant domestic and/or family violence in Galiwin’ku are reported to local police several times a week[3], and it is understood that there are many more incidents that go unreported for a variety of reasons.

The cycle of domestic and family violence experienced by Galiwin’ku families is very difficult to break without a solution that not only provides crisis support for people suffering the effects of DFV, but also an education program aimed at the prevention of DFV.

 


[1] Resource Sheet No. 37: Family violence prevention programs in Indigenous communities, Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, Dec 2016.

[2] Ibid

[3] Anecdotally provided by staff at Galiwin’ku Police Station


 

Our Opportunity

The people of Galiwin’ku are aware of this issue and recognise that a community initiated and driven response is the key to an effective solution. Galiwin’ku Women’s Space was formed to begin the process of creating this Yolŋu driven solution.

A fundamental feature of GWS is that it was founded on the experiences of people who understand better than anyone the intricacies and complexities of domestic and family violence that are specific to families in Galiwin’ku. 

By establishing an effective response to DFV that integrates this invaluable knowledge of specific local conditions with appropriate resources and supports from external stakeholders, GWS has the potential to become a pioneering orgnaisation with a powerful and everlasting impact on the community.

Galiwin’ku Women’s Space is committed to addressing this issue and already has many innovative ideas for action. We will focus on early intervention strategies as we believe prevention is equally as important as immediate crisis provisions. The empowerment of women in the community is also a key component to our approach and we endeavor to do this eventually through social enterprise such as a community laundromat. The engagement of younger women in various programs and events will also be a focus to build a strong generation of empowered future female leaders in our community.

 
 

Building a strong generation of empowered future female leaders in our community

 

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Bettina Danganbarr

CHAIR PERSON

Bettina Danganbarr is a Senior Aboriginal Community Police Officer (ACPO) and respected Yolŋu elder in Galiwin’ku, North East Arnhem Land. This role sees her wearing many hats in the community as a police officer, councilor, and provider of a safe haven for people in need. Her contribution to the community is extremely valuable as is her unique ability to blend Yolŋu and Balanda (non- Indigenous) worlds, with a two-ways approach.
Bettina also founded and chairs Galiwin’ku Women’s Space Inc. a Yolŋu run organisation lead by a group of passionate women, proactively working towards prevention of domestic and family violence in Galiwin’ku as well as empowering women in the community to be strong, independent and confident.

 
 
 

Margaret Gudumurrkuwuy

Clan: Ŋaymil

Role in Galiwin’ku Women’s Space: Wellbeing Support and Secretary 

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up what do you do for work, what do you do for fun? I would like to teach women how to make necklaces or make pandanas and teach them how to make bush medicine. Keeping them busy! 

Why do you think Galiwin’ku Women’s Space is important? It’s manymak (good/important) for child or women to be safe from problems

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Bronwyn Dhumudhumu

Clan: Wangurri

Role in Galiwin’ku Women’s Space: Member  

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up what do you do for work, what do you do for fun? I live in Galiwin’ku with my families. I work at school as an attendance officer. For fun I take my family out hunting at Dhambala

Why do you think Galiwin’ku Women’s Space is important? Because our community needs one and mother’s with children need a safe place to be. 

 
 
 

Tanya Lakawuy Dhamarrandji

Clan: Djambarrpuyŋu

Role in Galiwin’ku Women’s Space: Treasurer 

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up what do you do for work, what do you do for fun? I am a mum of three kids. I grew up in Galiwin’ku Community and lived most of my life out in an outstation Nyekala (English Company Islands) and half of my life in Birdwood, Adelaide South Australia, to do my schooling and I lived with a balanda family. I now reside in Galiwin’ku and work with kids at a night time program.

Why do you think Galiwin’ku Women’s Space is important? Our community needs a free, safe and comforting place for women and children as it is too difficult for women’s finding shelter when trying to escape violence within the family or partner. 

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Gaylene Yenhu Gurruwiwi

Clan: Gälpu

Role in Galiwin’ku Women’s Space: Project Officer

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up what do you do for work, what do you do for fun? Permanent resident of Galiwin’ku, went to school at Shepherdson College, single mother of 2 children’s, work at CDP in the lead leader role, committed in children’s ministry, board member at Yolŋu Waŋanhamirr Mitji (YWM). My hobbies are walking and hunting. 

Why do you think Galiwin’ku Women’s Space is important?  Support vulnerable ladies and stop violence and family separation.

 
 
 

Joan Malku Dhamarrandji

Clan: Djambarrpuyŋu

Role in Galiwin’ku Women’s Space: Member  

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up what do you do for work, what do you do for fun? I grew up in Galiwin’ku. I’ve done various job in childcare, clinic receptionist, as a community worker with Red Cross and now I work as an attendance officer in school. For fun I go clean my house, talk to my families, go to ceremony, go to church and go hunting.  

Why do you think Galiwin’ku Women’s Space is important? It’s important because we look at women’s space as a refuge for women going through hardships and pain. It is a space for them to be by themselves and sort things out in a quiet place where they are being understood and cared for so they can be strong and have her own life and face with confidence and inner strength what’s out there. 

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Rita Mayalpum

Clan: Gälpu

Role in Galiwin’ku Women’s Space: Member  

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up what do you do for work, what do you do for fun? Galiwin’ku, I born here and grew up here. I work as a school attendance officer. For fun I like sport and going hunting.

Why do you think Galiwin’ku Women’s Space is important? Help us making difference for family, make them change.  

 
 
 

Lisa Nyalala Burarrwaŋa

Clan: Gumatj

Role in Galiwin’ku Women’s Space: Member – I listen to problems women share with me and offer support and information on who can help them.  

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up what do you do for work, what do you do for fun? I grew up in Galiwin’ku with my family. I am a supervisor for the Remote School Attendance Team at Galiwin’ku. I am a volunteer with many Programs in Galiwin’ku: The Fast Program, The CDP Youth Program, Sport and Rec.

Why do you think Galiwin’ku Women’s Space is important? I think that women and children need the support that the Women’s Space offers to the community. People need to share their stories if they are in trouble and need help or support.

 
 
 

Doris Dhämbiŋ Yethun

Clan: Gumatj

Role in Galiwin’ku Women’s Space: Member

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up what do you do for work, what do you do for fun?

I grew up in Galiwin’ku but born in a homeland out in the bush. When I left school I worked in the sewing center, with my sister and then I was a homelands teacher for many years. Now I work with Learning on Country at Yalu and the school. For fun, I like playing sport and dancing!

Why do you think Galiwin’ku Women’s Space is important?

It is important to look after the health and safety of all families so they can enjoy their lives and be happy. We will look after them and support them by showing them love and care so they can grow strong.

 
 
 

Valerie Bulkunu

Clan: ḻiya-Gawumirr 

Role in Galiwin’ku Women’s Space: Member 

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up what do you do for work, what do you do for fun? I work at the school as a Teacher. For fun, I like exercising and hunting.

Why do you think Galiwin’ku Women’s Space is important? Because women play an important role in the community by looking after their children’s and husbands. Women are very sensitive so we need a women’s space to look after ourselves and to stay healthy and have fun and enjoy life.

 
 
 
 

WANT TO HELP?


 

Get in Touch

 

 
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Contact Us

 

hello@galiwinkuwomenspace.com


Bettina Danganbarr
(CEO)

M: 0498 582 500

 

Lucy Edmonds
(Project Coordinator)

M: 0439 914 869

 

FACEBOOK

@galiwinkuws

 

INSTAGRAM

@galiwinku_womens_space 

 

 
 

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