About the Co-Founders
Lateral Love® is devoted to bringing Lateral Violence for Aboriginal & Islander (including the Torres Straits) Peoples of Australia into the public arena.
Lateral Love® aims to share truthful information about the history of Australia, highlighting the deliberate impacts of colonization, and the damage done to the human spirit regardless of race due to the manifestations of Lateral Violence.
This campaign is a product and culmination of the life works of William Brian Butler and Nicola Butler and is an ongoing, living, breathing environment for positive discussions, development of resources and suggestions for change that will have a lasting impact for Human Rights, Social Inclusion and the Spiritual and Emotional Well-being for all peoples in this country and around the world.
Since the inception of this campaign on 23rd January 2012, born out of desperation at the devastatingly high rate of Aboriginal and Islander youth suicide in this country, particularly after losing many of their own family members and friends at the hand of suicide through Lateral Violence, Brian and Nicola embarked on this journey together in the hope that a National Action Plan would develop to ensure Cultural Safety Programs become a mandatory directive for all Corporations, Organisations and Government Departments and Agencies, thus ensuring a culturally competent workforce that can operate from a position of accountability for knowledge and understanding to result in positive change on the ground.