ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
ANROWS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land across Australia on which we work and live. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present, and we value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and knowledges.
Since its establishment, ANROWS has been committed to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
ANROWS continues to work towards a reconciled, just and equitable Australia. The following recent achievements demonstrate our desire to keep building sustainable relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, communities and Elders.
An invitation has been extended. It is an invitation we accept. ANROWS proudly supports the Voice to Parliament.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership
ANROWS is committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership to prevent and respond to family violence, including through:
- the Warawarni-gu Guma statement delivered at the 2nd ANROWS National Research Conference in May 2018 by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and researchers. This statement takes a strength-based approach, values strong representation, commits to co-design with communities and prioritises transparency in data collection
- identified positions on the ANROWS board, currently filled by Professor Dawn Bessarab, an Aboriginal woman of Bardi (West Kimberley) and Indjibarndi (Pilbara) descent, and Edward Mosby, a Torres Strait Islander man from Thursday Island.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research
The first ANROWS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research stream grants round was open from December 2017 to February 2018
Three innovative research projects were funded under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stream:
- Understanding the role of law and culture in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in responding to and preventing family violence (published June 2020).
- Improving family violence legal and support services for Indigenous women (published in October 2020).
- Improving family violence legal and support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who are perpetrators of family violence (published in October 2020).
- Another project that focuses on the experiences of Aboriginal women was Kungas’ trauma experiences and effects on behaviour in Central Australia (published February 2020). This project was funded under the ANROWS Core Grant.
As we embed the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) National Research Guidelines on the Ethical Conduct of Research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (2018) and the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Guidelines for Ethical Research Practice (2012) into our research, we are working with research institutions to include shared intellectual property clauses in our contracts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.
In July 2018, ANROWS published Resources to address violence against women in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities as a special collection.