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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 hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.

ANROWS

About ANROWS

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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Resources

To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


SUBMISSION

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee: Response to the Inquiry into missing and murdered First Nations women and children

This submission responds to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s request for submissions in response to the Inquiry into missing and murdered First Nations women and children (the Inquiry). ANROWS’s submission focuses on the systemic causes of family violence against First Nations women and children and identifies potential areas for improvement and innovation. 

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s Inquiry focuses on missing and murdered First Nations women and children and “all forms of violence” perpetrated against them. ANROWS’s submission responds to the Inquiry with an emphasis on family violence perpetrated against First Nations women and children, with the understanding that all forms of family and domestic violence are embedded with a risk of lethality.

Drawing upon ANROWS research and additional rigorous peer-reviewed evidence, this submission addresses:

  • the rates of family violence perpetrated against First Nations women and children
  • the systemic causes of this violence and barriers to help-seeking, including colonisation and dispossession, systemic distrust of the legal system, the incarceration of First Nations men and women, victims’ and survivors’ connections to Country and community, and barriers to accessing services
  • the potential areas for improvement and innovation, including a need for increased access to culturally safe, strengths-based and community-led responses to family violence and actions to address systemic issues in relation to the legal system, housing, help-seeking and access to services.

 

 

Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2022). Response to the Inquiry into missing and murdered First Nations women and children [Submission]. ANROWS.

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