Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander domestic violence resources

The Queensland Government has developed a new range of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to help to build awareness of the importance of seeking help and support for domestic and family violence (DFV).

Produced by the former Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (DCSYW) in partnership with Indigenous design agency Gilimbaa, these resources explain the different types of DFV, the importance of reaching out for help, and where to get support.

The resources include:

  • a poster for display in communities
  • a discrete and practical fold-out wallet card for people who may be affected by DFV
  • a key message card for use by service providers in supporting people affected by DFV.

The poster and fold-out wallet cards are available in English, Torres Strait Islander Creole (Yumplatok) and Wik Mungkan. There are 2 versions of both resources; one version contains a field (blue box) where details for help in ‘local areas’ can be added, the other is a generic version.

The artwork applied to the resources was created by Rachael Sarra, an Indigenous artist, designer and illustrator originating from the Bunda People in Goreng Goreng Country. The artwork “represents people in relationships both negative and positive, connecting and communicating with community and local help services to become aware of what it means to be in a safe and respected relationship”.

Gilimbaa will distribute the resources to their large network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers, community organisations and councils to actively connect resources to target audiences around Queensland.

The Department of Justice and the Attorney-General will also be releasing related resources which provide practical information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the process and support available, if they’re going to court. These resources are due for release during November 2018.

Download the free resources.