Research to policy and practice
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.
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.
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
Adjunct Fellow, Northern Institute of Charles Darwin University
PROFESSOR VICKIE HOVANE
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University
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)
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.