Improving family violence legal and support services for Indigenous women

Project Summary

This project aims to identify practical supports and legal and policy reforms to address the high levels of Indigenous family violence in Australia. The study will use a range of mixed methods and strength-based approaches to collect multi-jurisdictional qualitative and quantitative data at two case studies sites: Mildura and Albury/Wodonga (VIC, NSW).

The project will be guided by the following research questions:

  1. What are the barriers and enablers for Indigenous women who have experienced family violence to engaging with the police and the justice sector?
  2. How do policy and legal frameworks support or impede Indigenous female victims of violence to engage with available support services?

Principal Chief Investigators

Professor Marcia Langton, University of Melbourne

Chief Investigators 

Professor Megan Davis, University of New South Wales

Dr Kristen Smith, University of Melbourne

Estimated End Date

27 January 2020

Project Length

1 year and eight months