Access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women impacted by violence: The experiences, barriers and national framework to improve accessibility to Australian courts


When: Thursday, 24th August 2018
What Time: 10.30am AEST
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Where: Online - join via your computer!
Your Hosts: Presenters from the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity
Cost: Complimentary


About the webinar:

As First Nation Peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have a singular place in Australia. However, the history of violence, dispossession and social exclusion experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has contributed to their over-representation in the criminal justice system and almost every other measure of social and economic disadvantage. Challenges relating to access to justice are often magnified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have been impacted by violence.
 

In 2015, the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity (JCCD) held consultations with a wide range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled services and other groups who worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, with the aim of providing a basis of evidence and knowledge to the JCCD that it could use to inform the development of a framework to improve access to justice, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The outcomes of these consultations were documented in a report: The Path to Justice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s experience of the Courts.

Some of the barriers identified affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women exclusively; others are issues that affect many women experiencing family violence. However, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women may experience them more acutely because of trauma, racism, adversity and disadvantage, language barriers, cultural differences and social exclusion. 

This webinar will discuss some key issues impacting on access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, including:

  • barriers to reporting family violence;
  • communication barriers; and
  • barriers to full participation in the court process

The webinar will also provide some strategies to improve access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women impacted by violence, as outlined in the JCCD National Framework for Improving Accessibility to Australian Courts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Migrant and Refugee Women


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