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Violence in Indigenous Communities

The Commonwealth Government has stated that it is committed to addressing the issues of crime and violence in Australia. An important focus of National Crime Prevention (NCP), the Commonwealth's crime prevention program, has been to identify the priorities for violence prevention in Indigenous communities, where statistics show it is occurring at disproportionately high rates when compared to the Australian population as a whole. In 1998, PMA was commissioned to undertake research into this situation and the programs being implemented in response to it.

  • To identify priorities concerning the prevention of violence in Indigenous communities through a review of literature and through consultations with key stakeholders across disciplines and sectors;
  • To develop a strategic framework to incorporate policy recommendations designed to address the prevention of violence in Indigenous communities, and proposals on how to implement the policy recommendations;
  • To produce recommendations explicitly designed to inform the development of at least one demonstration project that would centre on the prevention of violence in Indigenous communities.
  • Complete
  • 1998 to 2001
Project Contacts
Partners & Funding Details
    Funding Body: 
  • Commonwealth Government, National Crime Prevention Program
  • Memmott, P., Stacy, R., Chambers, C. & Keys, C. 1999 Violence in Indigenous Communities. [A Report for the National Crime Prevention, Attorney General’s Department], AERC, University of Queensland, 23/6/99, (116pp.)
  • Memmott, P., Stacy, R., Chambers, C. & Keys, C. 2001 Violence in Indigenous Communities. Canberra: National Crime Prevention, Attorney-General’s Department. [ISBN 0 642 28404 0]
  • Memmott, P. and Stacy, R. 1999 Indigenous Family Violence Summary Research Report: to accompany the Round Table on Family Violence Findings. [A Report for Senator The Honourable John Herron, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs to pr