A range of reports on sexual assault in Aboriginal communities have been prepared by state governments and other agencies. A sample of these is available below. 

  • Putting the Picture Together [The Gordon Report]

    This report is the outcome of  the Gordon Inquiry - the Western Australian Government's Inquiry into Response by Government Agencies to Complaints of Family Violence and Child Abuse in Aboriginal Communities. The report recommended that "workers from different agencies come together to address the complex issues evident in the lives of many children and families in need:, and a "unified case plan that identifies each agency’s roles and responsibilities and a lead agency worker to oversee the plan" is used (ibid,p.17). 
    The Government of Western Australia agreed with the Gordon Inquiry’s recommendation that the StrongFamilies initiative be implemented Statewide. 
  • Putting People First - Western Australian Government Response to the Gordon Inquiry Report


  • Ampe Akelyernemane Meke Mekarle: Little Children Are Sacred - Northern Territory Government

    Report of the Northern Territory Board of Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse.

  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Task Force on Violence Report - Queensland Government

    Report on many forms of violence in Aboriginal communities in Queensland. 

  • Violence in Aboriginal Australia: Colonisation and Gender, Part 1
    Judy Atkinson
    Published in: Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 14, No. 2, June 1990: 5-21. 

  • Violence in Aboriginal Australia, Part 2
    Judy Atkinson
    Published in: Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal,Vol. 14, No. 3, Sept 1990: 4-27.

  • Working with Indigenous Survivors of Sexual Assault (2008)
    Dorinda Cox
    Download ACSSA Wrap No. 5 2008 (PDF 290 KB)



  • TASCI Enabling change with Aboriginal families and services

    This report can be found on the website. We encourage people to have a look at it as it is very useful and informative.


  • Speak Out Speak Strong (2003)
    Indigenous LawBulletin 1328-5475 v. 5 no. 24 Apr - May 2003 5-7

    The Speak out speak strong project was implemented as a result of concerns of the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council that little qualitative information existed about Aboriginal women's imprisonment, and the increasing rate at which Aboriginal women are imprisoned in New South Wales. The overall objectives of the Speak out speak strong project were to identify the causes for imprisonment of Aboriginal women, the experiences of Aboriginal women in the criminal justice system, and the needs of incarcerated women.

  • A Reflection on the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and Its Consideration of Aboriginal Women's Issues
    Australian Indigenous Law Review 25

    Megan Davis's article reflects on the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and the little consideration given to Aboriginal women's issues. She writes that the murder of Aboriginal women as a result of interpersonal violence between Aboriginal women and Aboriginal men far exceeded the number of Aboriginal men who died in custody. In other words, "the problems concerning Indigenous women were 'overshadowed by the problems facing Indigenous "people", which in reality equated to problems facing Indigenous men'"