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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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Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women: Key findings and future directions

While Indigenous women are the most vulnerable group in Australia in terms of the risks of becoming a victim of violence, little is known about how Indigenous women themselves are working to prevent and respond to family violence.

There is considerable literature about Indigenous women as victims, but little by them. The Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women project aimed to rectify this by looking at the theme of innovation from an Indigenous perspective.

Foregrounding the perspective of Aboriginal people who work within the family violence space or have had experience of family violence, this report is based on qualitative research in three sites in Australia: Fitzroy Crossing (Western Australia), Darwin (Northern Territory), and Cherbourg (Queensland). It supports the creation of a network of place-based Indigenous family violence strategies owned and managed by Indigenous people and linked to initiatives around alcohol reduction, inter-generational trauma, social and emotional wellbeing, and alternatives to custody. These initiatives may be constructed differently depending on context, but would ensure that responses to family violence reflect the needs of local women.

 

 

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ANROWS Compass (Research to policy and practice papers) are concise papers that summarise key findings of research on violence against women and their children, including research produced under ANROWS’s research program, and provide advice on the implications for policy and practice.


Authors

PROFESSOR HARRY BLAGG
Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, The University of Western Australia

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR EMMA WILLIAMS
Principal Research Fellow, Northern Institute of Charles Darwin University

EILEEN CUMMINGS
Adjunct Fellow, Northern Institute of Charles Darwin University

PROFESSOR VICKIE HOVANE
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University

MICHAEL TORRES
Project Manager, Darwin Indigenous Men’s Service Inc.

KAREN NANGALA WOODLEY
Owner, Bravespirit Cultural Consulting


ISBN: 978-1-925372-69-4 (print) | 978-1-925372-71-7 (online)

6 pp.

Suggested citation

Blagg, H., Williams, E., Cummings, E., Hovane, V., Torres, M., & Woodley, K. N. (2018). Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women: Key findings and future directions (ANROWS Compass, 01/2018). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS.

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