Family violence is an issue of national significance in Australia. The importance of this issue in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities has been recognised by community leaders who have encouraged and supported the development of better information in this area. A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) sheds light on the extent of family violence and its associated harms for Indigenous people in particular.
Report author, Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman, said the report, Family violence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, is the first to take a comprehensive look at the extent to which existing data can be used to profile Indigenous family violence.
'Looking at the data in this way provides important information on the services needed, and where they can be best targeted,' Dr Al-Yaman said.
Findings of the report include:
'The data showed that about one-third of the assaults for which people were hospitalised, occurred in the family home' Dr Al-Yaman said.
Indigenous women were 13 times, and Indigenous men seven times, more likely to seek refuge from family violence through the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) than were non-Indigenous women and men respectively.
1 November 2006
Further information: Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman, tel. 02 6244 1146 or mob. 0407 068 033
For media copies of the report: Publications Officer, AIHW, tel 61 2 6244 1032.
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