This project aimed to identify practical and legal supports available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who perpetrate family violence within a changing landscape of legal and policy reforms aimed at addressing the high levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family violence in Australia. To achieve this, the project provided evidence using a range of mixed methods and strength-based approaches to collect multi-jurisdictional qualitative and quantitative data in Victoria and New South Wales. The border towns of Mildura and Albury-Wodonga were the case study sites for this research.
The study aimed to assess the role the justice system plays in reducing the recidivism of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who perpetrate violence. This research was done to understand if the justice system is respectful and culturally responsive towards changing the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are experiencing family violence, as well as further mapping the journey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who are perpetrating violence. The research used Indigenous methodologies, and ethnographic research methods such as participant observation and semi-structured interviews.
For more information see the ANROWS website project page.
Professor Marcia Langton
Dr Kristen Smith
Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service
Mallee District Aboriginal Services
Meminar Ngangg Gimba
Woomera Aboriginal Corporation
Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety ($199,000)
Langton, M., Smith, K., Eastman, T., 2020 (forthcoming), Family violence policies, legislation and services: Improving access and suitability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men, Canberra: ANROWS.