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Ngukurr School Breaks The Silence On Violence

Ngukurr School in Arnhem Land today demonstrated its commitment to speaking out against domestic violence releasing its Break the Silence music video.

The video captures the commitment of the school and community to speak out about violence against women. With the support of the Ngukurr Community Safe House for Women and the wider community, the school has prioritised teaching high school students the importance of healthy relationships and the dangers of domestic and family violence.  The video gives expression to this work.

Ngukurr High School Senior Teacher Olivia Desormeaux said, “To support our wellbeing program we reached out to Indigenous Hip Hop Projects and White Ribbon to help us create a music video which would consolidate all the great learning that was being done on this issue.”

Melanie Schultz, Ngukurr High School Teacher said, “We are really excited to share this video with the wider community. Domestic violence is an issue across the country and we hope the students’ message reaches other young people and their families, enabling them to start the conversation about domestic violence”.

Libby Davies, CEO, White Ribbon Australia, said, “Violence against women has a negative impact on children and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing. Schools and communities are critical to educating young people and breaking the cycle of violence.”

This video is particularly significant, given that Indigenous females in the Northern Territory are almost 22 times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than non-Indigenous females.”

Ngukurr School is located in Ngukurr Community, situated in South East Arnhem Land, 320km southeast of Katherine on the northern bank of the Roper River.

Cathy Huddleston, Community elder and Remote Aboriginal Community worker at the Ngukurr Safe House, said, “We have a strong relationship with Ngukurr School and have worked with the high school teachers to educate these students around respect for themselves and others. We hear the song being played in community and you see the kids stop and talk about it. The community is very proud of our kids.

White Ribbon is a national campaign engaging men to work alongside women to ‘make women’s safety a man’s issue too’.  The Campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces and across the broader community.

On average, one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner in Australia and 1 in 4 children are exposed to domestic violence, which is a recognised form of child abuse.

This video is a powerful example of the ways in which schools and communities across Australia can give meaning to the White Ribbon Campaign and address complex social issues with our young people in safe and sensitive ways” said Libby Davies.

Ngukurr School continues to work with the community and local services to support students to learn, value and experience respectful relationships and embed the White Ribbon Campaign in their school community.

For more information visit University and TAFE Involvement or  Breaking the Silence 


If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and needs help or support, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732. This is a free telephone counselling service for anyone living or residing in Australia (male or female) who has experienced, or is at risk of, family & domestic violence and/or sexual assault. The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In an emergency, call the police on 000. All incidents of violence should be reported to the police.


The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global male-led movement to stop violence against women. It engages and enables men and boys to lead this social change. In Australia, White Ribbon is a national organisation that works to prevent violence by changing attitudes and behaviours. The prevention work is driven through social marketing, the Ambassador Program and initiatives with communities, schools, universities, sporting codes and workplaces.


Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (IHHP) is a unique team of talented artists in all elements of hip hop, media, entertainment and performing arts, who have been working extensively in Indigenous communities around Australia since 2005. Specialising in week long intensive projects in Dance, Music, Film, Art and Culture.  For more information, visit the IHHP website.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: and 0419 516 889

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