An emotional vigil was held for R Rubuntja, the 46-year-old domestic violence attorney who was allegedly murdered in a prison in the alleged domestic violence incident in Alice Springs this January

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Ms. Rubuntja was allegedly murdered in Alice Springs in January this year in an alleged domestic violence incident

In a speech just meters from where Ms. Rubuntja lost her life in front of Alice Springs Hospital, Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group (TWFSG) coordinator Shirleen Campbell called the hundreds of Participants on to remember their friend as a woman making a difference, not just as a statistic

“Our sister, another one who has been lost to us, is not just a number and we will not make her invisible”

Northern Territory Police allege 49-year-old Malcolm Abbott, who they say was known to Ms. Rubuntja, drove a vehicle on the 46-year-old that they reported as an incident outside Alice Springs Hospital in January domestic violence denoted this year

He was tried once and the matter will be raised on Aug. Referred back to local Alice Springs court in May

Shirleen Campbell’s speech, delivered amid a steady, sad wailing from Ms. Rubuntja’s friends and family, reported on the impact Ms. Rubuntja had before her death

“She helped organize and marched with us in 2017 when we held the largest women’s march against violence in Alice Springs,” said Ms. Campbell

“When we decided to go to Canberra in 2017 to bring our message to the parliament building, she was very happy and excited and spoke the truth to the politicians and decision-makers”

Ms. Rubuntja’s death is recognized across the country today, including within the Australian National Research Organization for Women Safety (ANROWS)

ANROWS CEO Dr Heather Nancarrow said the organization worked with Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group, the group Ms. Rubuntja co-founded

“We offer our deepest condolences to the Alice Springs Community, and the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group in particular,” she said

The domestic violence researcher said evidence from ANROWS showed that support for Aboriginal-run anti-violence organizations like TWFSG works

Dr Nancarrow stressed that Aboriginal women and the islanders of Torres Strait at the 2018 National Summit on Violence Against Women called for the development of a separate national plan to reduce violence against Indigenous women and children, saying it would be a positive step

“I would definitely say that the evidence presented by ANROWS and other research organizations would support the development of a separate plan given the specific circumstances and need for local, indigenous-led prevention and response initiatives”

On the eve of Mrs. Rubuntja’s funeral, the NT Minister and member of the Central Australian Headquarters of Gwoja, Chansey Paech, paid tribute

“Today’s process has been very troubling to a number of people across Central Australia as we prepare to say goodbye to a loved one tomorrow,” he said

“But what it highlights is the amount of work that remains to be done in the area of ​​family and domestic violence

“[Domestic and familial violence] is a disease that infects people. And we need to stand together as a community, as a territory and as a nation, and challenge and work to reduce the dire levels of domestic violence we see in this country reduce “

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