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Family violence prevention programs in Indigenous communities

Posted on: 23 January, 2017
Issue: Vol 16 No 1, January 2016 - March 2016
Related to Cultural ways Family violence Healing Health promotion

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2016)
Family violence prevention programs in Indigenous communities
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

This resource sheet reviews the evidence on programs aimed at preventing family violence, with a particular focus on programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

It includes programs that:

  • intend to shift attitudes and social norms that support violence, challenge unjust power relationships that sustain violence, address the social conditions associated with violence and promote non-violent norms
  • provide support and advice to victims of violence, such as counselling, legal aid and protection programs
  • target the perpetrators of violence, for example, programs that involve community policing, justice or behavioural reform and safe house programs.

The evidence includes findings from process evaluations that give information on participants’ qualitative experience of programs, contextual factors and cultural appropriateness.

The resource sheet provides background information and outlines the principles for successful programs and gaps in the evidence.

Abstract adapted from the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

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