Our sister has been taken
Another sister taken
Cruelly
Violently

She leaves behind
Sadness
Distress
Anger

She leaves behind
Children
Sisters,
Brothers
Friends

All with work to do

They will not let
These feelings
Take control and
Overwhelm them

They will harness them
Employ them
And with determined minds
Continue her unfinished work

In this way
She will not be beaten
Or forgotten

She will be honored

In this way
She will make us stronger

Context: The violent death of a founding member of the Tangentyere Women’s Safety Committee Alice Springs, Central Australia, an Indigenous Women’s organization dedicated to the exposure and elimination of family violence.

Tom Griffiths, I have run and supervised Men’s Behaviour Change Groups for over 30 years. Over the last ten years this has included supervising South Asian, Arabic speaking and Vietnamese group programs as well as assisting with the establishment and running of the predominantly indigenous group in Alice Springs. Email: grrhyst@gmail.com


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