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Indigenous Men's Roundtable Meeting in Adelaide to Tackle Family Violence


23 October 2001


More than 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men from across Australia have gathered in Adelaide for a three-day national roundtable meeting to discuss ways of tackling family violence in Indigenous communities.

Organised by ATSIC, it is part of a commitment made by the Commission to a recent meeting of the Ministerial Council for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (MCATSIA) to engage in a series of roundtables.

After the Adelaide meeting a combined men and women’s roundtable will be held to establish a National Indigenous Working Group on Family Violence.

SA Zone Commissioner Brian Butler said the roundtable is a significant step forward in developing practical ways to tackle family violence in the Indigenous community.

“It’s important for our young men to see other Aboriginal men tackling these problems,” Commissioner Butler said.

“Many Indigenous men have, as a historical legacy, been locked into a cycle of unemployment and poverty, a cycle which has been intensified by inter-generational trauma and this has led to high levels of family violence.

“We want to break this cycle but to do it Indigenous men have to come up with their own solutions and this roundtable meeting should provide us with a valuable road map so we can start that journey.

“Many of the delegates attending are already active in combating domestic violence problems caused by substance abuse, family break up, unemployment and other issues and this meeting is really about deciding a way forward nationally.”

Delegates attending the meeting are involved in a range of community organisations and sit on various Indigenous men’s and community committees across Australia.

Media contact: Eric Roberts 0417 818482