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Dhelk Dja

Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families, is an Aboriginal-led agreement to address family violence in Aboriginal communities.

Key Resources:

Dhelk Dja Action Groups

The Dhelk Dja Action Groups have a pivotal role in developing and implementing community led responses to family violence that educate, prevent, respond to and reduce family violence ensuring they are responsive and culturally relevant in their local Aboriginal communities.

Dhelk Dja Action Groups are an inclusive mechanism for the Aboriginal community and provide a vital feedback loop which informs government about the progress of the strategy. They provide a local perspective from which state-wide themes can be identified and solutions developed. The learnings from local initiatives are shared across regions.

See further information on the Vic Gov website and read the 2020 – 2023 Action Plan here

Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum

The Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum is responsible for governing for the Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – Strong culture, strong peoples, strong families, and its Action Plans. The agreement was written by the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum to build on the last 10-year plan – Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families: Towards a safer future for Indigenous families and communities (2008-2018).

Dhelk Dja Action Group Partnership Group

  • Department of Justice and Regulation (DJR)
  • Southern Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)
  • WAYSS Ltd
  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  • Uniting Vic/Tas
  • Department of Education and Training (DET)
  • Ngwala Willumbong Ltd
  • Salvation Army Crisis Services
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC)
  • Victoria Police
  • Gathering Places
  • The Orange Door
  • and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community Members

Indigenous Family Violence Regional Coordinator

The Indigenous Family Violence Regional Coordinator supports the Dhelk Dja Action Group and work closely with Aboriginal communities and wider community service agencies to implement the Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way ~ Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families (2018-2028).

For further information, please contact:

  • Ashlea Karkalas, A/Manager Aboriginal Community Engagement, Family Safety Victoria [email protected]
  • Deb Milera, Dhelk Dja Statewide Coordinator, Family Safety Victoria [email protected]

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