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news.com.au 24 Nov, 2021 15:45 am

Advocates call for dramatic change to Indigenous domestic violence approach

Advocates call for dramatic change to Indigenous domestic violence approach
As a young. vulnerable victim of domestic violence, Naomi Murphy was terrified of the people who were supposed to protect her — the police.

‘Really sad’: Victims of domestic violence describe the cruel way they were treated by police.vulnerable victim of domestic violence, Naomi Murphy was terrified of the people who were supposed to protect her — the police.And, sadly, the instances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait women left feeling betrayed by police is too common, with victims of domestic violence often disturbingly misidentified as perpetrators.In nearly all domestic and family violence related deaths of Aboriginal people, the deceased was recorded as both a respondent and as the victim prior to death, according to findings from a Queensland Domestic Violence Death Review and Advisory Board.

Indigenous voices have demanded the Morrison government change policies directed at domestic violence.Picture: Gary Ramage Change the Record, a coalition of Indigenous advocacy and legal services, has launched a campaign — National Safety Plan — seeking to provide solutions to domestic violence within First Nations communities.

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