STAND UP Film and Family Violence Training

Origin of ATNETYEKE! (STAND UP!) Film, Online Family Violence training & forms of violence cards

This year long project was developed out of an action research project Building Safer Communities in 2016 - 2017. It was recognised during the project that Family Violence practitioners, working in Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse communities required culturally relevant resources to assist practitioners, trainers and community members to speak about and depict the many forms of violence.  Having pictorial resources to discuss violence also aided workers in crossing language barriers. These Family Violence resources have been developed as part of a comprehensive strategy to tackle Family and Domestic violence in the Northern Territory.


The Tangentyere Family Violence Prevention Program firstly developed the animated family violence film ATNETYEKE (STAND UP) collaboratively with the Tangentyere Womens Family Safety Group and other community members which then led to developing other resources to compliment the film for other organisations wanting to use the film- online family violence training for practitioners, trainers and community members to access and the forms of violence cards. The Tangentyere Family Violence Prevention Program is dedicated to providing ongoing support to practitioners, with more resources currently in development.


Disclaimer: These resources have been developed with a focus on Family and Domestic Violence (F&DV) in a Central Australian context due to the lack of resources in this space and due to the high levels of F&DV experienced by Aboriginal Women who are 35% more likely to experience F&DV as opposed to non-indigenous women. While the images depict Aboriginal people, we want to acknowledge that F&DV is present in all communities and countries around the world with the statistic of 1 in 3 Women experiencing F&DV in their lifetime and that these cards were designed to be used as a resource in indigenous and non-indigenous communities.

We would also like to acknowledge that the images depicted focus on the intimate partner violence between a man and a women which is due to the context of the work undertaken by the Tangentyere Family Violence Prevention Program (TFVPP) but is in no way discounting the experience of F&DV experienced by the LGBTIQ community who experience similar rates of F&DV to that of the wider community.[1]

Acknowledgements: The Tangentyere Family Violence Prevention Program would like to acknowledge the following people and groups who aided in the development, concept and design of these original concepts.

As always a huge thank you to the women who work alongside us in the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group for bravely sharing your personal stories. To the illustrator Jason Coulthard for your incredible artwork and your resilient spirit of having to draw the many forms of violence.

To the concept creator Eliza Arbaci (Tangentyere Family Violence Prevention Program) and to the whole Tangentyere Family Violence team who contributed to this project with their expertise & knowledge, we would like to also acknowledge the incredible difficult work you do.

Thank you to DSS and ANROWS for the support whilst developing this project.