Allegations of family violence and child abuse in family law children's proceedings

A pre-reform exploratory study
Research Report No. 15 – May 2007

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The roads ahead - "walking the talk"

An important feature of this Briefing Paper is the unique insights offered by women working at the coalface of abuse in Indigenous communities, each of whom was confident of the impact that could be made if policy initiatives were to translate into dedicated funding and the establishment of services and ongoing programs that were specifically aimed at addressing the issue of family (including sexual) violence in communities.

As the women see it, the dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities that is currently concentrated on implementing initiatives and strategies aimed at providing a future for women, children and men in rural, remote and urban communities free from family violence, must now be matched by a genuine commitment to act - by all levels of government, non- Indigenous services and the wider community. For them, the time has come for the various forums, reports, and policy initiatives to finally "walk the talk" where Indigenous family violence is concerned.