An Aboriginal woman has noticed an increase in the rate of Aboriginal women experiencing domestic violence. Through her work in refugees and youth accommodation, she has seen an increase in numbers of Aboriginal peoples using these institutions, which are often managed by cultures foreign to them. Often these refugees hold feminist ideals and put into practice feminist intervention. She wonders if these interventions were addressing the issues for Aboriginal women and communities. This paper attempts to explore this question. It discusses theories from overseas where more culturally appropriate frameworks are being used in the intervention of domestic violence. It offers some suggestions indicating a possible way forward for these institutions, individuals and Aboriginal peoples themselves.
Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal / Vol. 21, No. 4, pp.11-14