Domestic violence issues raised
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.