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Co-Design of family-centred responses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

Responsible government

  • Australian Capital Territory

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
    • 6 Value and engage the expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men, communities and organisations to lead in the creation and implementation of community-led solutions to build and manage change.
    • 8 Develop innovative and alternative models for victim and perpetrator support that contribute to safe healing and sustainable behaviour change.
    • 9 Address both the immediate impacts and deep underlying drivers of family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through collective action with governments, service providers and communities.

What are we doing?

The ACT Government will provide $354,000 between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to work with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to support development and implementation of community-led and family-centred responses. These actions will aim to address recommendations from both We Don’t Shoot Our Wounded (2009) and the Change our future. Share what you know (2017) reports. This initiative will also deliver on a core focus area under the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019–2028.

What is next?

  • The ACT Government will publicly recognise and commit to working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on the issues and recommendations raised in the reports. A Ministerial Statement, to be delivered late 2019, will be an initial step in rebuilding trust and commence ongoing partnership and support for community-led responses addressing domestic and family violence.
  • ACT Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, on behalf of the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, will table the Minister Statement.

What difference will we make?

The intended outcome is to foster safe and strong community that begins to address the impacts of intergenerational trauma within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and community.

The short-term outcome is to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to address priority actions on domestic and family violence in the ACT. The intended long-term outcomes are to strengthen connection and safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and the intergenerational trauma, discrimination and racism which drives community and family violence.

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