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Community Justice Centre annual report 2011-2012



Community Justice Centre annual report 2011-2012


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Community Justice Centre Annual Report 2011-12 Page 11 Central Australia The CJC experienced an 18% increase in demand for culturally effective mediation (CEM) following referrals from police, community members and legal practitioners from Central Australian communities experiencing community tensions. During the reporting period, referrals tended to be more complex and have higher intensity in violence in Central Australia often requiring more resources to gather reliable intelligence including historical and background checks, possible legal matters that may impact the mediation, outcomes from past negotiations, cultural advice on kinship structure and ceremonial issues, incarceration status of prisoners, current effects of lateral violence such as social media, identifying appropriate mediators, educating parties and stakeholders about what they could expect through mediation and mapping out the logistics to create a safe environment for parties to be able to attend mediation. Overview of Central Australian Programs CJC welcomed 2 new trainers to Alice Springs after completing the train the trainer program in Darwin. The new trainers delivered their first 5 Day Nationally Accredited Mediation Workshop in Alice Springs in May graduating 21 participants including NT Correctional Services staff, FAHCSIA, Legal Practitioners, Educators, Shire workshops. Some of the key indicators include: o 4 Indigenous participants; o 2 participants from Tennant Creek; o Satisfaction rate for the workshop averaged 91% Satisfied or Extremely Satisfied with the content, delivery and materials provided for the workshop Intra-family conflict The CJC broadly assists the extended family members affected by ongoing conflict involving extended Warlpiri families from Yuendumu who are dispersed over a large area including Alice Springs Town Camps, Lajamanu, Tennant Creek, Nyirippi, Katherine and Alice Springs Correctional Centre. Whilst the CJC does not have a permanent and direct presence in Yuendumu, the CJC provides mediation advice to the Yuendumu Mediation and Family Violence mediation team funded by the Central Desert Shire and works closely with community elders, police, Courts, Corrections, legal practitioners and Government and non-government organisations and attends the Senior Officers Group meetings. CJC also monitors and reports known accounts that make unwelcome threats on social media (Diva Chat) that continue to fan lateral violence in the community. CJC facilitated several complex mediations in the Barkly region with the assistance of Council of Elders and Respected People in Tennant Creek between extended family that reached significant milestones. One of the prevalent issues causing of intra-family conflict appears to be a result of misunderstandings and identity theft occurring on social media.

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