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Initiatives addressing violence against Indigenous women

In the report, Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women, by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, it focuses on models which intend to reduce family violence in remote communities, with a focus on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.1 The report is based on qualitative research conducted in three Australian communities, including Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia (WA).

After collating feedback from Aboriginal people who work within family violence or have personally experienced family violence, the findings support the creation of complementary Indigenous family violence strategies which are owned and managed by local Indigenous people. The report also suggests that these family violence strategies should reflect the needs of local women, which may relate to strategies regarding alcohol reduction, inter-generational trauma, social and emotional wellbeing, and alternatives to custody.

With 40% of Aboriginal children in WA witnessing family and domestic violence2, and as Aboriginal women are nine times more likely to be a victim of a domestic homicide2, it is anticipated that this report will guide the development of future initiatives which aim to reduce the rate of family violence in remote communities.

To view the full report click here.

The Know Injury program, provided by Injury Matters, supports implementing effective strategies to prevent violence in WA through resources, trainings and networks.

References:

  1. Blagg H, Williams E, Cummings E, Hovane V, Torres M, Woodley KN, et al. Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women final report. Sydney: ANROWS; 2018.
  2. Law Reform Commission of Western Australia. (2013). Enhancing laws concerning family and domestic violence. Retrieved from http://www.lrc.justice.wa.gov.au/_files/p104_fdv_finalreport.pdf