Our Meminar Ngangg Gimba program and short-term cluster housing complex in Mildura for Aboriginal women and children escaping family violence is setting the benchmark in service delivery excellence and innovation.
A year since its official opening, Meminar Ngangg Gimba (Women Who Dwell Here) has exceeded expectations, providing support and accommodation for 148 women and children.
On average, these women and children received 86 days of support from our team and stayed in the facility for 30 days.
But Meminar’s real strength over the past year has been its holistic approach and focus on cultural healing.
Program innovations include employing men as evening workers, showing that there are great men who do not condone violence against women and provide good role models for the children at the service.
It has been the program’s practical approach that has resonated most with clients.
One woman said Meminar “has been a life saver” and another “it has given me the confidence to help get back to me” and “I feel comfortable safe and protected”.
The development of respectful partnerships with other stakeholders has also given Meminar a strong platform on which to work.
One such partnership is with Dardi Munwurro (Dardi), which provides a cultural healing service to men who have been using violence. Meminar’s role is to provide healing to their partners using traditional ways including yarning circles.
Another initiative has been the Minds, Hearts and Healing Hands project that uses art therapy to promote healing and cultural connection.