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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?

In 2019-20 the Government committed $354,000 over four years, with an additional commitment of $150,000 in 2020-21 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.

On the 22 October 2019, the ACT Government publicly recognised and committed to working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on the issues and recommendations raised in the reports. The Ministerial Statement is an initial step in rebuilding trust as part of developing ongoing partnership and support for community-led responses addressing domestic and family violence.

What is next?

The Office of the Coordinator-General for Family Safety is providing support to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership during each phase of this work, the current focus being on community consultations which commenced in 2020.

The purpose of the consultations was to test the currency of the recommendations in the reports and to determine next steps to action these recommendations through a co-design process with the Domestic Violence Prevention Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference group to develop community-led responses for domestic and family violence.

What difference will we make?

The intended outcome is to foster a safe and strong community that begins to address the impacts of intergenerational trauma within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and community. This is being done by developing community-led responses to family and domestic violence with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and by ensuring they are given a strong voice for input through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic Violence Reference group.

The short-term outcome is to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community 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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