Shattered dreams : a community project

Yeates, Helen L. (2010) Shattered dreams : a community project. [Film/Video]


The research field was community empowerment through education and skill-building. The context was the high rates of domestic violence in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and the dearth of culturally-appropriate resource materials to stimulate and encourage community engagement with the issue. The research question concerned the use of a specific media project – the creation of a 7-minute 48-second DVD on the causes and impacts of domestic violence – as a focus for community empowerment, education and skills development.

The research represented an innovative partnership between the university research team, a non-government organisation, and various expert content-providers. The project generated new knowledge regarding best practice, in such areas as the culturally appropriate use of the voices of elders, focusing on the responsibilities of both men and women in relation to family and domestic violence, and the protection of Aboriginal and Islander children. The project has created an excellent tool for workshops on related issues including familiarity with the legal system.

The film has been distributed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander domestic violence services throughout the State, and has generated interstate interest, indicating a significant gap in available culturally-appropriate domestic violence resources. A support package for educational workers within Indigenous community groups wishing to use the resource has also been produced. In 2010, the DVD was nominated for a Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Award. Other non-government organisations have expressed interest in using the model created through this community-based project.

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ID Code: 50747
Item Type: Creative Work (Film/Video)
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Co- Producer
  • Wendy Rogers
  • Phoebe Hart
  • Luke Captain
Editor and co-director
  • Chris Cosgrove
Co - Executive Producer
  • Sue Perel
Funders: Kurbingui Youth Development Assoc Inc, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Material: DVD
Measurements or Duration: 7 mins 48 secs
Location: From date: To date:
Indigenous community groups throughout Queensland 2010 2012
Keywords: domestic violence awareness, Indigenous creative project, community education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Kurbingui Youth Development Assoc Inc and Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology.
Deposited On: 04 Jun 2012 22:40
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 00:12

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