Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is­sues raised

Pilbara News - - News - Phoebe Wearne

A United Na­tions of­fi­cial has crit­i­cised Aus­tralia’s ef­forts to ad­dress do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in re­mote in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties and the prac­tice of re­mov­ing Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren from their fam­i­lies.

UN spe­cial rap­por­teur on vi­o­lence against women Dubravka Si­monovic last week pre­sented the pre­lim­i­nary find­ings from her twoweek fact-find­ing mis­sion on Syd­ney, Hobart, Bris­bane, Cher­bourg, Alice Springs, Ade­laide and Mel­bourne.

Speak­ing in Can­berra, Ms Si­monovic en­cour­aged govern­ments to ad­dress fac­tors that could lead to vi­o­lence by em­pow­er­ing Abo­rig­i­nal women and girls and pro­vid­ing so­cio-eco­nomic as­sis­tance.

“They are liv­ing in such dis­ad­van­taged po­si­tions that it can be per­ceived that chil­dren need to be re­moved, but re­moval is re­ally some­thing that should be avoided,” Ms Si­monovic said.

She also raised con­cerns about women be­ing locked up for un­paid fines, and a short­age of cri­sis ser­vices and shel­ter for women ex­pe­ri­enc­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Her fi­nal re­port will be pre­sented to the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil later this year.

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