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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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RP.17.12

Kungas’ trauma experiences and effects on behaviour in Central Australia

Completed
February 2020


This project was a pilot study that aimed to understand Central Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s experiences of trauma, effects on behaviour, and subsequent incarceration.

This project was undertaken through the Kunga Stopping Violence Program, a voluntary throughcare program for Aboriginal women in the Alice Springs Correctional Centre who had allegedly committed violent offences. The project gave the women space to tell their stories, and explored the ways experiences of trauma contributed to offending and incarceration.


Findings

The research revealed a cohort of women who are financially stressed and lacking stable and safe accommodation, dealing with addictions to alcohol or using other drugs, and who have high physical and mental health needs. Almost all of the women had experienced violence by an intimate partner prior to entering prison. Common to the women’s stories was the devastating impact of intergenerational trauma. These factors not only contributed to offending, but also to the likelihood of incarceration.


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RESEARCH REPORT

Kungas’ trauma experiences and effects on behaviour in Central Australia

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RESEARCH SUMMARY

Telling life stories: Exploring the connection between trauma and incarceration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
Key findings and future directions

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Researchers

Project Lead

Ms Miriam Bevis, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

Research expertise

Prof Judy Atkinson, We Al-li Trust

Dr Michelle Sweet, Menzies School of Health Research

Ms Leisa McCarthy, Menzies School of Health Research


Priority populations

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women who are, or have been, incarcerated (as explicit topic).

Budget

$50,000

Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2017 core grant round.

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