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Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women: state of knowledge paper

Posted on: 31 August, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 3, July 2015 – September 2015
Related to Cultural ways Family violence Policies Women Services Social issues

Blagg H, Bluett- Boyd N, Williams E (2015)
Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women: state of knowledge paper
Sydney: Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety

This paper draws on both national and international literature and policy and program evaluations, to establish what is currently known about innovative responses to violence against Indigenous women in Australia.

The paper firstly describes the various factors particular to Indigenous women’s experience, demonstrating the implications of these for defining the issues of family violence within Indigenous communities. It discusses the structural barriers to safety experienced by those living in rural and remote communities to provide a context for an assessment of current mainstream and Indigenous-specific responses.

Mainstream responses are outlined, including early intervention strategies, the operations of mainstream services and justice system responses, to further identify the unique barriers faced by Indigenous women experiencing violence and advocate for context-specific responses.

Finally the paper looks at emerging holistic, innovative and hybrid responses currently operating in specific Indigenous communities. Examples of Indigenous-led initiatives are included.

Abstract adapted from authors

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