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Responding to Indigenous Australian sexual assault: A systematic review of the literature

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posted on 30.08.2018, 00:00 by Janya Mccalman, F Bridge, M Whiteside, Roxanne Bainbridge, K Tsey, C Jongen
© The Author(s) 2014.Indigenous Australians experience a high prevalence of sexual assault, yet a regional sexual assault service found few Indigenous Australians accessed their services. This prompted exploration of how its services might be improved. A resultant systematic search of the literature is reported in this article. Seven electronic databases and seven websites were systematically searched for peer reviewed and gray literature documenting responses to the sexual assault of Indigenous Australians. These publications were then classified by response type and study type. Twenty-three publications met the inclusion criteria. They included studies of legal justice, media, and community-based and mainstream service responses for Indigenous survivors and perpetrators. We located program descriptions, measurement, and descriptive research, but no intervention studies. There is currently insufficient evidence to confidently prescribe what works to effectively respond to Indigenous Australian sexual assault. The study revealed an urgent need for researchers, Indigenous communities, and services to work together to develop the evidence base.

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Volume

4

Issue

1

Start Page

1

End Page

13

Number of Pages

13

eISSN

2158-2440

ISSN

2158-2440

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd

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CC BY 3.0

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Cultural Warning

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologize for any distress that may occur.

External Author Affiliations

James Cook University; Deakin University; La Trobe University

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

SAGE Open

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