Established in September 2018 Deadly Connections Community & Justice Services Inc (Deadly Connections) is a specialist Aboriginal Community Led (Not For Profit - NFP) Organisation, developed to respond to direct community concerns about the over representation and mass imprisonment of First Nations people in both the child protection and justice systems.
First Nations people of Australia are grossly over-represented in the child protection and justice systems. This is a result of a complex range of factors related to inter-generational experiences of entrenched grief, loss, trauma, disadvantage and systemic factors. First Nations People are:
- 17x more likely to be in both child protection and youth justice supervision than non-Aboriginal people
- 13x more likely to be incarcerated than non-Aboriginal people due to disadvantaged position
- 33% of NSW female prisoners are Aboriginal, despite being only 3% of the total state population
- Fastest growing prison population in Australia are Aboriginal women. 80% are mothers
- Nearly one in three (31.4%) Aboriginal people are living below the poverty line
- Aboriginal children in out of home care is projected to double in size in the next 10 years, by 2028.
Our Purpose – Why we exist
Deadly Connections positively disrupts inter-generational disadvantage, grief, loss, trauma by providing holistic, culturally responsive interventions and services to First Nations people and communities, particularly those who have been impacted by the child protection and/or justice systems.
Our Vision – What we want to achieve
To break cycles of disadvantage, trauma, child protection and justice involvement so First Nations people of Australia can thrive not just survive.
The Solution – Services Built by The Community for The Community
True lived experience, culture, healing, self-determination and a deep community connection must be the heart and soul of all work with First Nation communities to break the cycles of inter-generational grief, loss, trauma, incarceration and disadvantage that will reduce the numbers in child protection and the justice system.
Our Communities are incredibly resilient, full of solutions and innovative ideas on how to address the complex challenges we face. We require the flexibility to address the specific needs identified by our communities and their members.
The funds raised will provide us with the resources and flexibility needed to implement community-based solutions to disrupt the over representation of Aboriginal people, families and communities through holistic, culturally responsive community based support and advocacy campaigns that target systemic issues that continue to entrench our people into the child protection and/or justice systems.
We unapologetically challenge policies and practices that disproportionately affect First Nations children, people, families and communities.
Invest in our Communities
These funds will be used for measures including, but not limited to:
- Establishment of a cultural and community hub (one stop shop) for justice involved people, families and communities
- Establishment of a culturally safe space for justice involved people to engage in healing from grief, loss, trauma, family violence, institutional violence
- A culturally safe space to support families of justice involved people, particularly those who have lost their loved ones at the hands of our injustice system (deaths in custody)
- Wrap around, culturally responsive services, programs and initiatives that support those with child protection and/or justice involved people
- Diversionary programs and sentencing alternatives
- A culturally safe place for our people, families and communities to engage in systemic advocacy that demands self-determination, quest for justice, human rights and
-Transformative justice processes including opportunities for restorative justice
- Encourage and strengthen connection to culture & identity through cultural activities and engagement with for Elders
- Community access point for our most vulnerable community members
- Community access point for non-Aboriginal community members and service providers to engage in cross cultural understanding and learning
- Sustainable employment pathways for justice involved people through social enterprise initiatives and internal opportunities
- Transitional housing for justice involved people
- Projects and initiatives that target Closing the Gap key areas
- Initiatives to address food insecurity
- Educational and other support for children/families
- Mental health assistance and crisis response services
- Provide a space for community to work together, 'give back' and get involved in changing the trajectory and narrative for our people.
Next year will be 30 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody made 339 recommendations to end Black Deaths in Custody. Since 1991, we have lost 437 Aboriginal loved ones, away from their home and country in the most brutal and tragic circumstances. We cannot wait for change from the government who continue to fail us!
When courage, genius, and generosity hold hands, all things are possible.
Deadly Connections has full DGR status which means that every donation made is fully tax deductible!
Please support our cause that will allow us to provide much needed support to justice involved First Nations children, people, families and communities.
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