Co-designing technology to support Indigenous people experiencing family violence

How can we use technology to support help-seeking among Wadawurrung people experiencing violence?

A lot of my family and friends would be frightened that their children would be taken away; so they won’t speak up for those reasons.

The Wadawurrung Family Violence Project aims to enhance support and healing for Indigenous peoples who experience family violence on Wadawurrung Country (of the Kulin Nations). This will be achieved through working with the community to co-design a technological tool that encourages risk assessment, prioritisation of needs, safety planning and using culture as a resource for healing and building resilience.

This tool will be community-owned and address the barriers to help-seeking accessibility (such as shame, issues with confidentiality and fear of child-removal) which have been highlighted by the Wadawurrung peoples as significant deterrents to accessing support.

In addition to the seed funding provided by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, the Wadawurrung Family Violence Project has received a $29,800 grant from the Give Where You Live Foundation.

Over the past six months, interviews and focus groups with Aboriginal men and women have been taking place to inform the design and content. The research team are starting working with a technology developer and hope to launch the resource in November 2019.

Dr Laura Tarzia [Department of General Practice]

Renee Fiolet [Department of General Practice]

Professor Kerry Arabena [School of Population and Global Health]

Dr Greg Wadley [School of Computing and Information Systems]

Dr Ashley Barnwell [School of Social and Political Sciences]

Professor Kelsey Hegarty [Department of General Practice]

Renee Owen [Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency; Baron Health]

Professor Jane Koziol-McLain [University of Auckland]

Community advisory panel

Corrina Eccles [Wadawurrung Cultural Educator]

Terry Atkinson [Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op]

Elder May Owen [Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op]

Kaley McGough [Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre]

Jasmin Knox [Ocean Grove Dental Clinic]

Syd Fry [Department of Health]

For information about this project, please contact:

Renee Fiolet
Department of General Practice
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences