Preventing violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

October 2, 2018

The annual STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held at QT, Gold Coast on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 December 2018 with optional workshops on Wednesday 5 December.  

The objective of the conference is to provide a platform for a unified voice to share, network and collaborate on the challenges and successes of behaviour change.  Our human basic needs of comfort and security are violated when violence is common, impacting home life, the work place and the community.

Joining us at the conference is Dr Emma Partridge, Manager Policy at Our Watch who will present on Preventing violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’.

Abstract

In July 2018 Our Watch launched Changing the picture, a major new national resource to support the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The resource was initiated as a follow up to Change the story in order to explore the specific and complex dynamics and intersecting drivers of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and develop an effective approach to prevention that responds to this complexity.

Developed over two years, in close collaboration with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Advisory Group, the resource is based on extensive research, and consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders around the country. It is unique in its focus on developing a national, primary prevention approach that specifically focuses on violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and that specifies the need for action by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and organisations.

This presentation will provide an overview of the resource, highlighting implications for policy and practice. It will first explain the innovative conceptual model that Changing the picture proposes for understanding the complex, intersecting drivers of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. This intersectional model combines an exploration of the legacies and ongoing impacts of colonization – not only on Indigenous people but on non-Indigenous people and Australian society – together with a gendered analysis of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The presentation will then outline the prevention actions necessary to address these specific drivers. It will explain how multiple stakeholders, including those present at the conference, can use the resource to guide and support evidence-informed, intersectional, culturally safe and appropriate approaches to prevention policy and practice, across jurisdictions and sectors, as part of a shared national approach to preventing violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Biography

Dr Emma Partridge is Manager, Policy at Our Watch, the national organisation working to prevent violence against women. Emma led the development of ‘Change the story’ (2015) the world’s first national framework focused on preventing violence against women. Most recently she led a follow-up project, developing a new national resource that focuses specifically on preventing violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. ‘Changing the picture’ was launched in July 2018. Prior to her role at Our Watch Emma worked in a range of government policy and academic research roles, and completed a PhD in Indigenous policy.

For further information on the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference please visit www.stopdomesticviolence.com.au

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