Understanding the role of law and culture in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in responding to and preventing family violence
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.
Principal Chief Investigators
Professor Harry Blagg, University of Western Australia
Dr Tamara Tulich, University of Western Australia
Senior Research Advisor
Professor Victoria Hovane, Australian National University
Mr Thomas Worrigal
Ms Donella Raye
Ms Suzanne May, University of Western Australia
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.
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 directionsDownload
Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.