Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Stream

As an initiative of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, ANROWS is committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led research in support of the National Plan’s goals, including Indigenous communities are strengthened (National Outcome 3). Our work is also guided by the Warawarni-gu Guma statement (Healing Together in Nglurin Ngarluma), delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and scholars at the 2018 ANROWS National Research Conference Acting on Evidence.

An emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research stream has been developed by ANROWS under the guidance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in our field, including Directors on the ANROWS Board. It is based on the following principles:

  • Research upholds the political integrity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their right to self-determination as established under the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Research is informed by, and promotes strengths-based perspectives on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Research acknowledges the heterogeneity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

These principles are in line with guidelines for the ethical conduct of research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (AIATSIS 2012; NHMRC 2018). They prioritise transparency, data sovereignty and the leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in all aspects of the research process, including the translation of evidence to policy and practice.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research stream will continue to evolve and our vision is for a body of ANROWS-supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led research evidence to achieve our collective goals.

Research projects

Project lead / Principal Chief Investigator Project title Project no. Project status
Prof. Marcia Langton Improving Family Violence Legal and Support Services for Indigenous women AT.19.01 Commenced late-2018
Prof. Harry Blagg Understanding the role of law and culture in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in responding to and preventing family violence AT.19.02 Commenced late-2018