Antoinette Braybrook, CEO of Djirra (formerly the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service Victoria) addressed the United National Human Rights Council in Geneva regarding Family Violence and Child Removal and its impacts on the Aboriginal community, in a joint statement with the Human Rights Law Centre.
Family violence is a key driver of removal of Aboriginal children. Antoinette reported on the high removal rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families,
Antoinette also addressed the UN on the impact of family violence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women stating, ‘Our women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised because of family violence and 10 times more likely to die from violent assault than other women. Ninety percent of violence against our women goes unreported. Systemic violence and racism are real. When our women reach out for help, they are too often met with racism and systemic violence.’
Antoinette called on governments to develop specific strategies to address the high rates of violence perpetrated against Aboriginal women and children and to ensure access to culturally safe services.
(Source: Women’s Health Victoria eNews, 3/7/19)