Changing the picture: preventing violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

Violence against women is not an ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander problem’. It is a national problem – one that is prevalent and persistent – in all communities, right across Australia.

At the same time, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience disproportionate rates of violence, and violence that is often more severe. This resource helps us understand why this is, what is needed to change this, and how as a society we can all work together to stop this violence from happening in the first place.

  • A national survey found Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women report experiencing violence in the previous 12 months at 3.1 times the rate of non-Indigenous women.
  • Hospitalisation rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women due to family violence-related assaults are 32 times the rate for non-Indigenous women.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are nearly 11 times more likely to die due to assault than non-Indigenous women.
  • Violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is perpetrated by men of all cultural backgrounds, in many different contexts and settings across the country. 

Changing the picture contains a set of clear actions that are needed to address the many drivers of this violence. Because these drivers are located right across Australian society, this is a national resource – intended to encourage, guide and support a national effort – by many organisations and stakeholders, at many levels and in many settings.

Our Watch has worked closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop this resource. We have tried to make sure it respects and is informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, and by the many decades of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's activism on this issue, and that it makes central the voices, experiences, ideas and solutions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people themselves.

Download and view the resources

Click to view Changing the picture

Click to view the six-page executive summary

Click to view the background paper

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