Professor Marcia Langton has highlighted that Australia’s First Nations females are at least 34 times and up to 80 times more likely to be physically assaulted as a result of family violence. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has reported that First Nations females are at least 35 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence compared to other Australian females. For First Nations males they are 22 times more likely to be hospitalised than other Australian males.

Researcher Gerry Georgatos argues there is an intersection between poverty and “pronounced negative aberrant behaviours including family violence.”

The 4th Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Conference will be held in Darwin, May 16 and 17. It will be opened the Northern Territory Chief Minister, Michael Gunner who is also the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

One-third of the Territory’s population is comprised of people with First Nations heritage and of whom three-quarters live below the poverty line, with eight of ten children living remote and regional not finishing secondary schooling.

The Conference will hear from individuals who have substantial agency at the governmental or other leadership level. Federal Senator Malarndirri McCarthy will be delivering a keynote.

Improving life circumstance is increasingly being accepted as the predominant way forward. Education and employment are protective factors.

There is a third day to the conference, May 18, and features a workshop on Wurrumiyanga (Bathurst Island). The conference delegates will be able to travel to the island on a two hour ferry trip from Darwin.

Family violence is a significant contributor to the increasing suicide toll, with the suicide toll increasing every year this century. It is a significant contributor to evictions from public rental housing, with hundreds of evictions of families from their homes in every state and territory. Family violence is significant in the increasing number of children removed into out-of-home care by child protection authorities.

For more event details and the full programme go to: http://elm.aventedge.com/ifvhompeage/stringer