ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Not Just Court

Family violence in rural New South Wales Aboriginal women speak out

Elizabeth Moore

Published by the Centre for Rural Social Research December 2002 ISBN 1 86467 129 7

This project emerged in response to issues raised by Aboriginal women in rural towns of New South Wales, who contributed to focus group consultations in which individual and professional users of the New South Wales Chamber Magistrate and other Local Court services described their experience of using those services.

This report, in contextualising and summarising participant contributions, could never do full justice to the strong spirit of co-operation and support that marked the information gathering process. Thus, every effort has been made to accurately reflect participant comments and ideas on the discussion themes.

While non-Indigenous policy makers might want the report to recommend specific actions, that is beyond the original scope of the project, which was to document the concerns and ideas of Aboriginal women in inland rural New South Wales. It is for others, particularly Aboriginal women at the local and policy levels, to consider how these ideas can inform the policy process. To this end, the findings were submitted to the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council to assist its discussion paper process on a New South Wales Aboriginal Justice Plan (2002) and to the New South Wales Law Reform Commissions review of the Apprehended Violence Order Scheme (2002).

A copy of this report may be downloaded (PDF format) from this website or obtained from the Centre for Rural Social Research.