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Violence against women, and violence against women in their homes continues to rise, as surveys, data and court cases contest. Research continues to show that Aboriginal women are over-represented in the number of assaults, hospitalisations and murders in violent situations in Australia.

In fact, violence against Aboriginal women has evolved into an uncomfortable reality that communities rarely discuss openly.

And so, the murder of an 18-year-old Aboriginal woman in Western Australia, and the subsequent lack of media interest in the trial of her murderer, struck a chord with journalists at Living Black Radio. The story of Colleen Tae Ford sparked an ongoing, current series on one of the most serious issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Executive Producer Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove launched a request on social media, for community members to speak about their thoughts, experiences and possible solutions to this ongoing issue. She called on Aboriginal men in particular, to step forward and talk about violence against women in their communities.

The stories you will hear are a portion of a continuing series, as more community members, community leaders and domestic violence experts speak from their hearts.

Living Black Radio believes that violence against women is best addressed as conversations going above and beyond merely reporting on data or research, by engaging with individuals and communities and offering them the opportunity to speak.

A major goal of Living Black Radio’s stories is to unpack the myriad issues facing women in violent situations, to give them a safe platform to speak should they choose, and to help break community denial, shame and silence.

“We are your mothers, your sisters and aunts, your cousins and grandmothers, your daughters and friends. Stand with us to stop violence against women”.  Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove, 2015.

 

Wednesday 10 Jun 2015

Sean Gordon, CEO Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Council.
Broadcast date: Wednesday June 10, 2015.
Edited version 2 Friday June 12, 2015.
In studio. With Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove.

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Thursday 21 May 2015

Joey Williams, boxer and world champion.
Broadcast dates: Wednesday May 20.
Edited version 2 Friday May 22, 2015.
Telephone interview. With Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove.

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Wednesday 20 May 2015

Solicitor Josephine Cashman. Member Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.
Broadcast dates: Wednesday May 20, 2015.
Edited version 2 Friday May 22, 2015.
In studio. With Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove.

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Wednesday 13 May 2015

Dameyon Bonson, founder “Black Rainbow”
Broadcast dates:  Wednesday May 13, 2015.
Edited version 2 Friday May 15, 2015.
In studio. With Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove.

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Hannah McGlade, Noongar lawyer and family violence specialist.
Broadcast dates:  Wednesday May 13, 2015.
Edited version 2 Friday May 15, 2015.
In studio. With Minelle Creed.

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