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Aboriginal Mediation Services provides culturally appropriate dispute resolution services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Western Australia (WA) to assist in addressing inter and intra-family feuding. This free service is provided by the Department of the Attorney General.
While the service is not a crisis intervention tool, it is highly successful when parties express a desire to voluntarily participate in the mediation process in a good faith attempt to resolve a dispute. Aboriginal mediation services aims to resolve conflicts before they escalate into violence. Any intervention by the service will be negotiated with all parties involved in the conflict. The service does not perform or offer to the community, the police, or other government agencies, a 'crisis intervention' role or service.
Aboriginal Mediation Services uses the principles of mediation, conciliation, facilitation and negotiation. In addition to mediating disputes, the service is designed to assist communities and individuals to develop the skills and understanding to enter into mediation, including:
The service can help with disputes involving:
If the service cannot assist in resolving a dispute the service will make every attempt to provide information about appropriate agency or support group that may be able to assist.
Department of the Attorney General, Western Australia, abstract
Aboriginal Mediation Services
Department of the Attorney General
Level 12, 141 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Ph: (08) 9264 6150
Freecall: 1800 045 577
Fax: (08) 9264 1526