Alice Springs To Host Indigenous Family Violence Conference

Alice Springs To Host Indigenous Family Violence Conference

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner

Putting Victims First Through Indigenous Family Violence Conference

Victor P Taffa

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today joined Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw, advocate Charlie King, and Indigenous community leaders to announce a first-of-its-kind Indigenous Family Violence Policing Conference to be hosted in Alice Springs this year.

Two-day conference in June will draw in a range of nationally renowned keynote speakers, including 2017 Australian of the Year, Andrea Mason.

The conference was announced in the same week the Territory Government expects to pass major reform in Parliament which will make it easier for footage from Police worn cameras to be used in court to protect families and children.

“Rates of domestic and family violence in the Northern Territory are devastatingly high and my Government is working as hard as possible to address this scourge in our community.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

“Putting victims first is a priority of the Territory Government and this is why we are expecting to pass key legislation this week to make it easier for Police footage to be used in court to protect families and children.”

Chief Minister Gunner said the Body-worn Video and Domestic Violence Evidence Bill was part of a raft of measures aimed at lowering the rates of domestic violence in the NT, which also included tackling alcohol abuse by putting a cap on new liquor licences, limiting the size of bottle shops and bringing back the Banned Drinkers Register in September.

“Everyone has the right to enjoy a drink responsibly but alcohol abuse is a significant cause of violence and crime in our community it is a significant factor contributing to domestic and family violence in the Territory.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

“Territory Labor has a clear plan to address this dysfunction by reducing the supply of alcohol to problem drinkers by bringing back the Banned Drinkers Register.”

“Today I am pleased to join passionate anti-family violence campaigner Charlie King, representatives from the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation and NT Police to announce a significant conference bringing together groups that have the authority to lead real change in communities.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

East Arnhem Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation a platinum sponsor of the Policing conference  is committed to reducing violence within the community, and last year alone raised $130,000 to support efforts to reduce family violence.

Two-day conference will aim to identify opportunities and grass roots strategies for each jurisdiction in combating domestic violence in remote areas, and is expected to attract around 300 delegates.