From Crisis to Crime: The Escalation of Civil and Family Law Issues to Criminal Matters in Aboriginal Communities in NSW

Published in Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 15, pp.18-21, 2009

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2011-9

7 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2011

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Melanie Schwartz

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Date Written: January 14, 2011

Abstract

The issue of appropriate legal and social supports is critical to the question of Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. This article discusses this relationship, arguing that the overwhelming emphasis on communities' criminal law needs distracts from other equally important, though perhaps less urgent, practical concerns. The authors argue that more attention needs to be paid to specific areas of civil and family law, by both legal aid and Aboriginal legal services, to prevent these unaddressed issues from escalating into offending behaviour.

Keywords: Aboriginal, Civil and Family Law, Australia

Suggested Citation

Schwartz, Melanie and Cunneen, Chris, From Crisis to Crime: The Escalation of Civil and Family Law Issues to Criminal Matters in Aboriginal Communities in NSW (January 14, 2011). Published in Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 15, pp.18-21, 2009; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2011-9. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1742632

Melanie Schwartz (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Chris Cunneen

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

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

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