Equality and Exclusion: Violence against Indigenous Women and the Development of Public Policy Responses in Australia

Human Development and Capability Association Conference, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, 10-13 September 2008

13 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2013

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Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Date Written: September 1, 2008

Abstract

Over the last decades significant public resources have been directed at preventing and responding to violence against women. These responses appear to have limited impact in benefiting Indigenous women, who are perhaps the most economically, socially and politically marginalised group in Australian society. This paper analyses the way public policy has tended to ignore both the specific circumstances of Indigenous women and the types of solutions they propose to the problem of interpersonal violence. A major theme underpinning this paper is the tension, indeed at times contradiction, between exclusion and universalism manifested in the way the law and legal policy operate in relation to specific populations.

Keywords: indigenous women, violence, public policy

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris, Equality and Exclusion: Violence against Indigenous Women and the Development of Public Policy Responses in Australia (September 1, 2008). Human Development and Capability Association Conference, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, 10-13 September 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1338340

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

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PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

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