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A recent federal inquiry in Australia has shone a light on the systemic issues surrounding the handling of domestic and family violence, particularly concerning Aboriginal women in the Northern Territory. Despite the region having one of the highest rates of domestic violence, it receives only a small fraction of funding for addressing this critical issue.

The inquiry highlighted various problems, including the misidentification of women as perpetrators of violence and the urgent need for substantial changes to effectively combat domestic violence. It also brought to light the lack of resources available, which has led to ongoing retraumatization of victims, with repeated inquiries and insufficient support structures in place.

One key finding of the inquiry was the disparity between the high levels of domestic violence in the region and the minimal funding allocated to address it. This lack of financial support has hindered efforts to provide adequate services and assistance to those affected by domestic violence, especially Aboriginal women.

The inquiry’s conclusion is eagerly awaited, with hopes that its findings will lead to significant improvements in how domestic violence is addressed and supported in the Northern Territory. It is clear that urgent action is needed to address these systemic failings and provide better protection and resources for those impacted by domestic violence.


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Article Title: ‘Epidemic’ of violence against Aboriginal women in NT is getting worse, exasperated experts warn
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