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Good practice in Indigenous-led interventions to prevent violence against women

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While the presentation has a particular focus on the needs of indigenous women, those working with domestic violence in a range of circumstances will find many relevant touch points. Mainstream interventions are often ineffective to address violence against women in Indigenous contexts.

Mainstream interventions often seek to solve the problem of violence against women by placing the onus on the woman to leave the abusive relationship and seek safety. However, such interventions are largely inappropriate in many Indigenous contexts. Alternatively, interventions occur through the judicial system in the form of incarceration, but recidivism rates highlight the ineffectiveness of a solely penal approach. The approach to resolving abuse by Indigenous-led interventions is often more holistic and directed at restoration.

This presentation draws upon research conducted as part of the 'Good practice in Indigenous-led interventions to prevent violence against women' project which aims to identify principles of good practice and develop context-specific indicators for each principle by undertaking case studies of programs working with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. This presentation draws upon grassroots knowledge, consultations, and partnerships with Aboriginal people and external stakeholders in the Northern Territory to explore the need and opportunity for community Indigenous-led approaches to mediation with a focus on domestic and family violence. The presentation discusses mediation and family dispute resolution through an Indigenous lens and the need for mediators to be cognizant of the additional barriers particularly facing Indigenous women when engaging with the Family Law Court system.

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About the presenter

Anna Quinn

Chay Brown

Research Scholar
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Chay Brown is a PhD Candidate from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. She completed her Masters research in 2014 on the impact of the Northern Territory Emergency Response on violence against women in Alice Springs' Town Camps. She has since extended that research to look at Indigenous-led projects and interventions which address violence against women.

Chay has a background in International Development and Education. She has been involved in projects in HIV testing and counselling, micro-financed income-generating projects and teaching colleges. She also spent several years working with trafficked women in safe houses in Thailand. She has previously worked in East Timor, Uganda, U.K., Thailand and China. She is now residing back in Alice Springs as she undertakes her fieldwork with programs in the Northern Territory.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chay_Brown

http://caepr.anu.edu.au/StaffProfiles/Chay-Brown.php

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Tags: Mediation, Family dispute resolution