Essay on Domestic Violence : An Issue Of National Importance

1006 Words Oct 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Domestic violence is acknowledged as an issue of national importance, both generally and among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. There are many barriers to assessing its true extent but this report presents information currently available in relation to Indigenous Australians. The report draws on a number of surveys and administrative data sets and also discusses strategies for improvements. [1] More specifically this report will define and take perspective from an ecological, holistic and salutogenic approach.
1.1 The problem/causes:
Domestic violence is the physical, emotional, sexual, social, spiritual, cultural, psychological and economical abuse that occurs within families, intimate relationships, kinship networks and communities. [2] The incidence of violence in Indigenous communities is disproportionately higher in comparison to the same types of violence in the Australian community as a whole’. Violence is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in Australia’s Indigenous population, with women predominantly being the victims. In Queensland, approximately one in four (23%) domestic violence incidents attended by police involved an Indigenous victim; similarly, about one in four (23%) domestic violence incidents attended by police involved an Indigenous offender. [1,4]
According to Mow [3] domestic violence in Indigenous communities can only be understood in the context of the historical, political, social and cultural environments in which it…

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