Media Changing the Story: media guidelines for the reporting of domestic, family and sexual violence in the Northern Territory

Presenter/s: Dr Chay Brown, ANU; Shirleen Campell and Carmel Simpson, Tangentyere Women’s Family Group; ANU Gender Institute

Event type: Webinar

Event date: Thursday, 10 March 2022 - 12:00pm

Further information: Media Guidelines

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Further information: Recording

The Tangentyere Women’s Family Group and Galiwin’ku Women’s Space, with support from the Gender Institute, recently produced and released media guidelines for the reporting of domestic, family and sexual violence in the Northern Territory. These media guidelines were developed in collaboration with Aboriginal organisations, Aboriginal women’s groups, specialist domestic, family and sexual violence services, and media professionals in the Northern Territory. These guidelines aim to provide advice for news stations, media organisations and media professionals on how to report safely and ethically about domestic, family and sexual violence in the Northern Territory. Media guidelines also provide guidance for police, health services and specialist domestic, family, and sexual violence services about how to communicate with media organisations and develop their own media releases.   
 

This presentation will outline the motivation and process for developing the guidelines, as well as give an overview of the guidelines themselves.  

 
Speakers:
Shirleen Campell, Tangentyere Women’s Family Group
Carmel Simpson, Tangentyere Women’s Family Group
Faith Makwanya, Galiwin'ku Women's Space
Dr Chay Brown, ANU & The Equality Institute
Professor Fiona Jenkins, ANU Gender Institute
 
Chay Brown is born and raised in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. She has been researching violence against women in Australia’s Northern Territory since 2013. Her Master's research focussed on the impact of the Northern Territory Emergency Response on violence against women in Alice Springs' Town Camps. As part of her doctoral research, Chay worked alongside the Tangentyere Women's Family Safety Group to examine what works to prevent violence against women in the Northern Territory, which led to the development of a Northern Territory specific violence prevention framework. Chay has been working with the Tangentyere Women's Family Safety Group on various projects ever since.
 
Faith Makwanya is the Operations Manager for Galiwinku Women Space. She has lived in Elcho Island for two years working with Yolngu families on Family and Domestic Violence Issues. Currently she lives in Gapuwiyak community where she has worked on Womens empowerment and hybrid community development projects that support local women. In recent collaborations with the GWS also worked on the recent media guidelines with Tangentyere Women's Family Safety Group.
 
Shirleen Campbell is an Aboriginal Women from Hoppy’s Camp Alice Springs. Shirleen was born in 1981, is a mother of 5 and a grandmother of 1. Shirleen is a Warlpiri and Anmatyerre woman from her Dad’s side and  Arrente and Luritja from her mother’s side. Shirleen has been a Leader on the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety group since 2015 and was employed as the Co-ordinator in 2017. Shirleen is a strong voice and advocate for women and children in the area of family and domestic violence and wants to see visibility for Aboriginal women and their stories. Shirleen works from the grass-roots to close the gap for Aboriginal people and is a strong advocate for two-way learning, which means sharing knowledge, stories and skills across all cultures so that we can all learn and value what each of us bring. Shirleen was also awarded the NT Local Hero Award for the Australia Day Awards in 2020.
 
Carmel Simpson has lived and worked in Alice Springs for the past 10years (since 2009), is raising 2 young children in Alice Springs and has worked with Tangentyere Council since 2012. Carmel works alongside Shirleen Campbell, as the Co-coordinators of the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group through a two-way learning approach. Carmel completed a Master’s Degree in International and Community Development through Deakin University in 2011 and is currently studying a Master’s Degree in Social Work through Flinders University. Carmel works from a community development, intersectional feminist and human rights-based approach and is very passionate about working in the area of primary prevention of family and domestic violence and in supporting the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group’s work so that the voices, faces and stories of Aboriginal Women are amplified, visible and prioritised.
 
 
The Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group (TWFSG) was developed out of a need identified by female Town Camp residents for a voice and action on Family and Domestic Violence issues. The Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group programs’ direction and development has been very organic and has worked from a strengths-based approach acknowledging and celebrating the skills, knowledge, history, assets, connections and relationships that Town Camp residents have.

Our core members of the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Governance Group are all Indigenous

Women and Town Camp residents and coupled with addition training in the area of prevention and early intervention into Family and Domestic Violence, our core members:
  • Are the experts of Town Camp history, relationships, knowledge and experience and best and worst practice.
  • Are the influencers in our community and the broader Alice Springs community in the area of family safety.
  • Have lived experience of family and domestic violence on Town Camps and therefore have knowledge to share.
  • Are invested in finding long term systemic solutions to the issues that family and domestic violence bring because it is our family’s future.
  • Are committed to the program because this is our home, our country, our family, our future.

 

 

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