Intimate partner abuse and Indigenous peoples

Document Type

Book chapter

Publication details

Atkinson, J 2006, 'Intimate partner abuse and Indigenous peoples', in G Roberts, K Hegarty & G Feder (eds), Intimate partner abuse and health professionals: new approaches to domestic violence, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Edinburgh, Scotland, pp. 197-212.


The extent of violence in Indigenous Australia, and similarities in the experiences of violence in the indigenous nations of Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America and Canada are discussed. The chapter looks at public health approaches to violence, the causes of violence in Indigenous communities, the effects of violence on victims and their families, an Indigenous new public health and educational approach to Indigenous needs, and the model of 'educaring', a health and healing response to intimate partner violence.