Deaths In Custody Watch Committee (WA) Inc

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The Deaths In Custody Watch Committee (WA) Inc (DICWC WA) was an anti death in police custody organization operating from Perth, Western Australia from 1996 until early 2017 when the organization underwent a constitutional change and then became the First Nations Deaths In Custody Watch Committee Inc.

The DICWC WA was first founded as one of several federal government-funded anti deaths in custody 'watch' groups across Australia, being the implementation of one of the recommendations of the 1991 Royal Commission Into Aboriginal Deaths In Custody.

The Uniting Church of Australia in Western Australia was a founding 'partner' in the formation of the DICWC WA.

From 1996 to 2004 the DICWC WA was funded via A.T.S.I.C. After A.T.S.I.C.was dismantled in 2004, the 2006 Board of the DICWC WA voted to continue the DICWC WA as a non-funded organization.

The 1996-2006 period case files of the DICWC WA were, from 2006 until 2011, stored in the garage of a long term supporter of the DICWC WA and transferred to the Battye Library in 2014. The transfer of the files lead to the creation of the DICWC WA archive at Battye Library, which Bruce Campbell, as Secretary and then Chairperson, would on occasion add to with non-case material: Board minutes, DICWC rally fliers and the like.

From 2006 on, the DICWC WA functioned primary functioned as a lobby group aiming to pressure the State and Federal Governments into taking practical action against deaths in custody. The main DICWC WA tactic in regards to putting pressure on Governments was organizing public rallies on significant days i.e. the 25th anniversary of the release of the 1991 Royal Commission Into Aboriginal Deaths In Custody.