|Respect Victoria for the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum
|Urbis in partnership with Karen Milward
Evidence regarding effective prevention of Aboriginal family violence is still emerging:
- While there is limited documented evidence related to primary prevention of Aboriginal family violence, there is valuable prevention knowledge held within communities.
- There is a growing focus on knowledge translation and collaborative research to address these gaps and turn research findings into practical actions.
Common features of effective First Nations prevention approaches identified in the review include:
- Holistic, involving the whole family
- Designed and delivered by the community
- Cultural strengthening and reconnection to Aboriginal culture
- Engaging men and boys
Certain enablers were identified as supporting effective First Nations prevention approaches, including:
- Long-term funding
- Strengthening workforce capacity
- Culturally safe service delivery
- Ongoing investment in monitoring and evaluation
The report identifies several barriers to effective prevention approaches in First Nations communities. These included challenges for communities and implementing agencies in accessing data and evidence collected through research and monitoring and evaluation conducted by non-Aboriginal people or people outside the community. They also included the ways that funding and partnerships with government or other prevention agencies were structured, such that there was inadequate attention to self-determination.