​Identifying the risks for Indigenous violent victimisation

Author(s) Bryant, Colleen
Title Identifying the risks for Indigenous violent victimisation
Source Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse, Research Brief 6, December 2009, p1-5
Date 2009
Document type Research report
Coverage Australia
Summary This article examines the demographic and social factors associated with being an Indigenous victim of violence using survey and administrative data from multiple sources. Socio-demographic factors examined include gender, age, relationship to the offender and family structure. It was found, for example, that the majority of violence in Indigenous communities is from perpetrators known to the victim, as in non-Indigenous communities, but there is a higher proportion of family violence. The second set of risk factors considered were individual, family, and community risk factors and these included alcohol and substance abuse, social stressors, housing mobility and perceptions of violence in the community. Historical factors were also found to be important, including contact with the criminal justice system, removal from family and cultural factors and personal history. The author recommends service providers employ a multifaceted and holistic approach that addresses risks both inherent and external to victims.
Keywords Indigenous; victimisation; risk factors; stressors
Topic Indigenous