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‘Our own forms of justice’: the Djinders

'The Djinders' is written in bold, white capital letters across the centre of the screen. The text is overlaid on a background of trees in the bush.

[imagecaption] Screenshot, The Djinders: Family Violence in Grafton, 2017. Video: SBS The Feed. [/imagecaption]

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‘No-one was charged over my great grandmother’s death, and my mum is a very strong woman but she grew up in an era when women didn’t have a voice…For a lot of our women, that cycle just continues to grow, but I’m breaking that cycle…I’ve got a daughter and I don’t want that for her.’

Rachael Cavanagh, Yugambeh woman


The Djinders (which translates to ‘sisters’ in Gumbaynggirr language) are a group of Aboriginal women in Grafton, NSW, who are predominantly survivors of domestic and family violence and intergenerational trauma. The group formed after several women attended the NSW Aboriginal Women’s Summit,  ‘Women Against Violence – Healing on Country’ which was organised in response to the story of Toni Wright, an Aboriginal woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of domestic violence. Their work is self-determining and centred on empowering Aboriginal women and children to seek community based solutions to community identified problems.


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