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Another stolen generation looms unless Indigenous women fleeing violence can find safe housing
In Western Australia more than half the children placed in state care are Aboriginal. The state government committed this month to reducing this over-representation, in a move that parallels the Closing the Gap Refresh draft target nationally. Despite concerns about another stolen generation, Australia has yet to act on a root cause – the difficulty Indigenous women escaping family violence face in finding safe housing.
Our research shows domestic violence and housing are linked as a cause of child removal.
Every year governments spend millions addressing Indigenous intergenerational trauma. Child removal is an important cause of this trauma.
Care for children is a cornerstone of Aboriginal cultures. Child removal often has severe mental and physical health effects, with risks of substance use, homelessness and incarceration.
Read the full article on The Conversation.