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Programs to improve interpersonal safety in Indigenous communities: evidence and issues

Day, Andrew, Francisco, Ashlen and Jones, Robin 2013, Programs to improve interpersonal safety in Indigenous communities: evidence and issues, Australian Institute of Family Studies : Australian Government, Canberra, A.C.T..

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Title Programs to improve interpersonal safety in Indigenous communities: evidence and issues
Author(s) Day, Andrew
Francisco, Ashlen
Jones, Robin
Publication date 2013
Series Closing the gap clearinghouse issues paper series
Total pages 29
Publisher Australian Institute of Family Studies : Australian Government
Place of Publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Keyword(s) Indigenous Australians
interventions
community safety
Closing the Gap
Summary There is now a substantial amount of published literature describing the range of programs and interventions that have been implemented in an attempt to improve aspects of community safety. Only a small body of this work, however, has examined the outcomes of those programs delivered to Indigenous Australians or, indeed, the communities in which they live. This Issues paper provides an overview of those programs that were identified in a systematic search of relevant research databases. 

Although a wide range of programs have been described, the diversity of these programs—combined with the limited published data available that documents their outcomes—makes it difficult to articulate what constitutes effective practice in this area.

It is concluded that an evidence-based approach to practice in this area is essential if the long-term aim of the Closing the Gap initiative is to be achieved. To generate this evidence, however, more attention is needed to develop evaluation methods that assess the impact of program activities on medium and longer term outcomes. 

In addition, information about program outcomes needs to be integrated with what is known about the mechanisms by which effective programs are delivered, as well as with knowledge about how they might be most effectively implemented in different communities.
ISBN 9781742494487
ISSN 2201-845X
Language eng
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920209 Mental Health Services
HERDC Research category A6 Research report/technical paper
Copyright notice ©2013, Australian Institute of Family Studies
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057104

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