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Child and domestic violence in Indigenous communities

‘Child abuse and domestic violence in Indigenous communities “will remain chronically undisclosed and under-reported,” an Australian Crime Commission (ACC) investigation has found.

‘In some communities every person had reported being affected by child sexual abuse, either as a victim, perpetrator or relative.

‘The redacted report by the National Indigenous Intelligence Task Force (NIITF) said suicide and self-harm was a “critical issue” which affected Indigenous communities at “grossly disproportionate rates”.

‘It found remote communities were vulnerable to nepotism and exploitation by both community leaders and people with links to organised crime, targeting mining royalties and government funds meant for Indigenous programs.’

(report in The Guardian, 31.3.15)

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