Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are significantly over-represented in statistics of domestic and family violence victimisation. Because of the large amount of violence that is perpetrated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, their children are exposed to violence at a very high rate.
Research indicates that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 45 times more likely to experience domestic and family violence compared to non-Aboriginal women and make up 50% of domestic and family violence victims. Aboriginal women are far more likely to suffer more serious violence, than non-Indigenous women. Aboriginal children are significantly over-represented in the child protection system.
Matthew Willis, (2011) Non-disclosure of violence in Australian Indigenous communities. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no.405 ISSN 1836-2206 Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, January 2011