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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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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.

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Understanding the role of law and culture in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in responding to and preventing family violence

Completed
June 2020

Family violence within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities attracts considerable attention in policy, research and practice.


Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have advocated for community-led approaches to family violence that are culturally safe, involve Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander justice models and recognise Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Law and Culture.

This project used a strengths-based approach to explore the role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law and Culture plays in prevention, intervention and healing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family violence, and how this can be supported. The project was grounded in an understanding of family violence as shaped by the impacts of colonisation.

The research was undertaken in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place-based programs in six sites: the Kimberley (two sites) and the Pilbara (Western Australia), the Tiwi Islands and Darwin (Northern Territory), and Mornington Island (Queensland).

The final report emphasises the need for improved understandings within mainstream systems and services of the nature of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family obligations and interconnections, as well as acknowledgement of the link between violence and issues that stem from colonisation, such as alcohol misuse and intergenerational trauma. It recommends a greater focus on prevention, healing and diversions from the criminal legal system; the involvement of both men and women in the design and implementation of local family violence strategies; and interventions that worked at the family, rather than individual, level.


Researchers

Principal Chief Investigators

Professor Harry Blagg, University of Western Australia

Chief Investigators

Dr Tamara Tulich, University of Western Australia

Senior Research Advisor

Professor Victoria Hovane, Australian National University

Research Team

Mr Thomas Worrigal

Ms Donella Raye

Ms Suzanne May, University of Western Australia

Research Partners

The study will be undertaken in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place-based programs in five sites: the Kimberley (two sites) and the Pilbara in Western Australia, the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory, and Mornington Island in Queensland.


Downloads

Research report

Understanding the role of Law and Culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in responding to and preventing family violence

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Research summary

Understanding the role of Law and Culture in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in responding to and preventing family violence: Key findings and future directions

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Budget

$284,836.80

Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

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