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

By Janya McCalman, Francesca Bridge, Mary Whiteside, Roxanne Bainbridge, Komla Tsey and Crystal Jongen

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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

Publisher: Sage
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1177/2158244013518931
OAI identifier: oai:researchonline.jcu.edu.au:30980
Provided by: ResearchOnline@JCU
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