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‘Our own form of justice’: Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group

A group of women walk down the road in the centre of a small town. The women at the front carry a banner that reads 'Town Camp Women Say Stop the Violence'. Buildings and trees line the street in the background.

[imagecaption] Screenshot, 2018 Women’s Video for Canberra, 2018. Video: Tangentyere Family Violence Prevention Program. [/imagecaption]

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‘We are the experts of Town Camp history, relationships, knowledge and experience, best and worst practice. We are the influencers in our community and the broader Alice Springs community in the area of family safety. Our lived experience of family and domestic violence on Town Camps informs the knowledge we share.’ 

Shirleen CampbellWarlpiri and Arrernte woman and co-ordinator of the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group


Aboriginal women, many of whom are themselves survivors of violence, are doing important work in their communities to address family and domestic violence. In Alice Springs, for example, women living in the town camps set up the Tangentyere  Women’s Family Safety Group. The group, predominantly made up of volunteers, is well placed to understand and address the needs of their own communities. They provide early intervention training and advocacy support. However, as a grassroots organisation they continue to struggle to secure long-term funding and support.


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