We don't shoot our wounded: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of family violence access to justice and access to services in the ACT

Author(s)Holder, Robyn and Arabena, Kerry
Title We don't shoot our wounded: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of family violence access to justice and access to services in the ACT
Source Canberra: Victims of Crime Coordinator, 2009
Date 2009
Document type Research paper
Coverage ACT, Australia
Summary The purpose of this study was to examine the experiences of family violence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims, and their access to justice and to services in the Australian Capital Territory. This report looks at some of the available data about Indigenous victims of crime, acknowledging that there are major data deficiencies. Indigenous victims are over-represented in offences reported to police compared to non-Indigenous victims, particularly in offences of assault, sexual assault and domestic violence. Access to justice and services is examined, and some of the barriers identified. To reflect the individual person's experience of violence, the second part of the report discusses the results of interviews with 15 Aboriginal women who had been victims of violence who tell of their experiences of family violence and the criminal and justice systems in the ACT. A number of recommendations for the Community and the ACT Government to consider in order to build capacity to tackle family violence are included.
Keywords Aboriginal; indigenous; criminal justice system; family violence; experience; help seeking strategies; support
Topic Service delivery; Aboriginal