Improving Services for Aboriginal Women Experiencing Sexual Violence: Working at the Knowledge Interface

Melissa A. Lindeman, Samantha J. Togni

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Aboriginal women experiencing sexual violence may not always access support services when needed, nor receive the most appropriate support when they do. Recent research suggests place-based, Aboriginal-led initiatives to respond to family and sexual violence in Aboriginal communities offer the best chance for developing effective responses. This article describes an innovative participatory action research project aiming to improve service delivery for Aboriginal women from the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) region in remote central Australia. Over a series of workshops co-researchers worked intensively at the interface of knowledge systems creating a unique and safe space for exploring this issue. The process elicited learnings that have the potential to transform practice and was itself a trauma-informed healing opportunity for participants. The project was led by Aboriginal women who wished to share what was done so that others may benefit from working in this way. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-384
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian Social Work
Issue number3
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Jan 2022


  • Aboriginal Women
  • Australia
  • Healing
  • Indigenous Research Methods
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Knowledge Interface
  • Northern Territory
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Sexual Violence


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