Shirley Slann is an Aboriginal woman from Mount Isa, North West Queensland and has worked in the area of Domestic & Family Violence for over 20 years.
In January 2015 Shirley moved to Victoria, and was employed as a Risk Assessment Management Panel Coordinator (RAMP) at EDVOS (Eastern Domestic Violence Service for 17 months and then was appointed as Coordinator of WAYSS Ltd Women’s Transitional Services in Frankston working in the area of Family Violence and Homelessness. Shirley has recently taken on the role of Deputy Manager at Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service in Lilydale, Victoria which is a culturally safe service that assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children in their healing journey from the impact of Family Violence. Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service was established through the Victorian Government funding initiatives in 2006 to address the impact of intergenerational trauma associated with family violence in Aboriginal communities.
Before then Shirley managed the North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service in Mount Isa for over 15 years.
Shirley was previously Deputy Chair of the Queensland Domestic & Family Violence Ministerial Advisory Council. She was also a member of the Queensland Domestic & Family Violence Implementation Advisory Group; the Queensland Death Review Advisory Group; the Queensland Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Justice Task Force (Just Future Strategy); Australian Government representative on the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Gathering Working Group; and a representative on the Queensland Women’s Health Network.
Shirley has attended the First World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Edmonton, Alberta in 2008, where she did a keynote address on domestic & family violence in Indigenous communities. Shirley also attended the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington DC. Shirley was the first Indigenous representative to be appointed to the Global Network of Women’s Shelters in Amsterdam in 2011.
Shirley is a strong advocate in the area of domestic & family violence and believes that assistance should be available for both men and women experiencing or using domestic & family violence.