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Rirratjingu traditional dancers at welcome Bungal for the 2nd Aboriginal Family Violence Policing Conference, Yirrkala. 21/06/18. (David Williams Gilimbaa)

Yaka Bulu Mari are the Yolngu words for No More Violence.

It's a strong message that Senior Traditional Owner Wityana Marika continues to teach young men in his community as they dance through their songlines and ceremony.

This week a traditional Bungul welcome opened the 2nd annual Aboriginal Family Violence Policing Conference in Yirrkala, Northeast Arnhem Land.

Traditional Owners, The Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation and the Northern Territory Police have joined together to hold the conference. 

"In 2016 in the Northern Territory there were 75 000 cases of reported incidents to Police of family violence in an eighteen month period"

Since the first conference was held last year Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation reports there has been a 29% reduction of family violence cases in the community.

The conference looks at what is working in the communities and delegates this week have been planning strategies that ensure cultural and institutional change supports community safety for women, children and men.

Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation CEO Stuart MacLean says "In 2016 in the Northern Territory there were 75 000 cases of reported incidents to Police of family violence in an eighteen month period. The Northern Territory has the highest rates of family violence in Australia."

Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation CEO Stuart MacLean, Senior Traditional Owner Wityana Marika and NO More Campaign founder and Gurindji sports commentator Charlie King join Kirstyn Lindsay for NITV Radio to talk about the real issues impacting families in the northern Territory and across Australia.

The men speak about the hard issues of male violence in the home and on the street.

 
By
Kirstyn Lindsay
Published on
Friday, June 22, 2018 - 15:33
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