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Working with Indigenous survivors of sexual assault

Posted on: 15 July, 2008
Issue: Vol 8 No 3, July 2008 - September 2008
Related to Family violence Injury Social and emotional wellbeing Women

Cox D (2008)
Working with Indigenous survivors of sexual assault. (ACSSA Wrap no.5)
Melbourne: Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault
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This paper elucidates the issue of working with Indigenous survivors of sexual assault. It begins by emphasising the need for workers in this area to be cognisant of the historical and contemporary trauma experiences endured by Indigenous people. The issue of kinship systems and the differences between Western and Indigenous styles of service provision are then explored. The paper concludes with several recommendations for mainstream agencies to ensure the provision of culturally appropriate services for Indigenous survivors.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

  • Contact details:
    • Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Level 20, 485 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, ph: (03) 9214 7888, fax: (03) 9214 7839, email: acssa@aifs.gov.au
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