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Safe journeys for Aboriginal women sleeping rough

Aboriginal women and children sleeping rough in the Adelaide parklands will be supported into safe and stable accommodation, reconnected with their communities and if appropriate, returned to country through a new specialist domestic violence program.

The program, called Marni-Padni – Pukulpay anama, which means Journey safe, Safe Journeys in both Kaurna and Pitjantjatjara languages, will be run by Baptist Care.

Beginning on 1 July and running until the end of 2021, the $300,000 program builds the safety and wellbeing for Aboriginal women by helping them into accommodation and returning to Country. It is designed and run by Aboriginal women and will provide culturally appropriate support, with project staff going out to the parklands and building relationships with the women there. Women will be connected with accommodation along with other vital services including family violence counselling, health and mental health services, and wellbeing supports for their children.

Supporting women and children to reconnect with their communities and return to Country safely is an important step in breaking the cycle of domestic violence.

The program is funded through the Federal Government’s funding injection to help at-risk South Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to providing immediate support to women and children, the project is expected to provide useful knowledge of the needs of Aboriginal people staying in the parklands.

Page last updated : 12 Aug 2021

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