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Practical intervention programs to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 4 Address intergenerational trauma for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through primary prevention, including holistic healing strategies, and by strengthening connections to culture, language, knowledge and identity.
  • 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?

Under the Fourth Action Plan, practical intervention programs will be delivered to Indigenous young people and adults at risk of experiencing or using violence to address past trauma. This initiative aims to equip this cohort with the practical tools and skills to develop positive and violence-free relationships.

  • The Commonwealth Government will provide $13.5 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 for two new Indigenous specific measures under the Fourth Action Plan, which includes funding to implement practical intervention programs for Indigenous young people and adults at risk of experiencing or using violence to address past trauma.

What have we achieved so far?

Work has commenced to establish a co-design process in partnership with communities, experts and service providers. The Commonwealth is currently selecting experts, who have lived experience and/or relevant expertise in family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, trauma, healing and adolescent development, to form an expert reference group to provide advice and support on the two new Indigenous specific measures.

Service delivery locations are being finalised in the areas of highest need, and with Indigenous organisations and service providers that can best meet the needs of Indigenous communities.

What is next?

The co-design process will ensure that solutions are culturally safe, holistic, and trauma-informed for Indigenous women, their families, and communities. The expert reference group will co-design appropriate service delivery models for the two new Indigenous measures of the Fourth Action Plan to address Indigenous family violence.

Service delivery is expected to be implemented from the third quarter of 2020, and could include:

  • modelling the initiative on best-practice standards,
  • a holistic approach supporting education and engagement, and providing boys and young men with practical tools and skills to address past trauma and develop positive and violence-free relationships, and
  • a combination of cultural healing practices and western trauma treatment therapies, to ensure the initiative is culturally appropriate and builds on existing evidence.

What difference will we make?

Intended outcomes of this initiative include:

  • Indigenous young people and adults at risk of experiencing or using violence have an improved understanding of family and domestic violence, and are equipped with the practical tools and skills to develop positive and violence‑free relationships.
  • Referral pathways in the community are identified for the target cohort.
  • Indigenous organisations in areas of high need are better equipped to deliver holistic, intensive case management support and counselling to the whole family.

Indicators will be developed during the co-design phase of this initiative.

The intended long-term outcomes for the initiative will aim to achieve a significant and sustained reduction in violence against Indigenous women and their children.

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