This paper analyses critical, policy, service and research literature on responses to Aboriginal women experiencing family and domestic violence in Australia; focusing on non-legal and non-clinical services and women’s specialist services in regional and remote settings.
- critical writing, analysis and representation by Aboriginal women on family and domestic violence;
- literature on the evolution of responses to Aboriginal women experiencing family and domestic violence; and
- participatory research methods and how they can further open the ground for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women to debate ways of challenging violence and enable Aboriginal women to live violence-free.
As a critical review, the paper highlights problems in using ideas of “effectiveness” and “success” to drive objectives in service delivery; and seeks to re-centre aspirations for empowerment alongside those for safety.
- Dr Robyn Holder, Research Fellow, Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University.
- Dr Judy Putt, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England.
- Ms Cath O'Leary, Research Consultant, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England.