Kungas’ trauma experiences and effects on behaviour in Central Australia
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.
Ms Miriam Bevis, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
Prof Judy Atkinson, We Al-li Trust
Dr Michelle Sweet, Menzies School of Health Research
Ms Leisa McCarthy, Menzies School of Health Research
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women who are, or have been, incarcerated (as explicit topic).
Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2017 core grant round.