Solutions-focused resource aims at preventing violence against Indigenous women

Australia's leading organisation for the prevention of violence against women, Our Watch, has launched a resource aimed at tackling the prevalence of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

The report, Changing the picture, contains a set of clear actions that are needed to address the many drivers of this violence.

Vicky Welgraven, Adnyamathanha woman and Our Watch Board Director, said the resource was aimed at both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations across diverse settings and geographic contexts, and demonstrated the importance of healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

"Violence against women is such a huge and devastating problem for some of our communities," Ms Welgraven said.

"Our Watch is saying we need a shared nationwide effort and that's absolutely right – we all need to work together to prevent this violence happening into the future".

Our Watch worked extensively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations to develop Changing the picture, and the resource was informed by the many decades of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's activism on this issue.

Our Watch Chief Executive Officer, Patty Kinnersly, said it was up to all Australians to prevent violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

"This is a national problem, with complex historical and contemporary drivers located right across Australian society. These include both racism and sexism, and the ongoing impacts of colonisation. That means we all have a part to play in preventing this violence".

Changing the picture is available to download from the Our Watch website.