This research involved an investigation of the experiences of Aboriginal women who have experienced family violence in two regional areas and mapping of the legal and support service environment. It provided evidence and recommendations for
- the improvement of services in the justice system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families experiencing family violence,
- the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to seek assistance from police and support services, pursue court processes, and enhance their experience and satisfaction with these services.
The study contributes to the evidence base on best quality practices to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and services in meeting the needs of women and their children experiencing family violence.
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 ($199,415)
Eastman, T., Langton, M., Smith, K, 2019, Building practical legal reforms to improve access for Indigenous women experiencing family violence by addressing the link between child protection, health services and reluctance to report. IAHA National Conference, Darwin, 23-25th September 2019
Langton, M., Smith, K., Eastman, T., 2020 (forthcoming), Improving family violence legal and support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, Canberra: ANROWS.