VACCA welcomes the opportunity to provide evidence for consideration as part of the landmark parliamentary inquiry into missing and murdered First Nation women and children, we hope this can help bring justice to the many Aboriginal women and children who have been murdered or gone missing and have not received adequate responses and support from the justice and coronial systems. This submission builds on testimony provided by VACCA’s CEO, Muriel Bamblett AO to the Inquiry. VACCA’s feedback is based on our unique position as a Victorian ACCO providing a suite of services across the state supporting children, young people, families and community members. We have protected and promoted the rights of Aboriginal children and families for over 40 years. VACCA believes that all children have a right to feel and be safe and live in an environment that is free from abuse, neglect and violence. We are committed to promoting and upholding the rights of Aboriginal children to maintain and celebrate their identity and culture, recognising that connection to culture is critical for children’s emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
VACCA provided a submission to inform the Federal Government’s development of the new National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2023.
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