New Report highlights links between poverty and child abuse

Ampe Akelyernemane Meke Mekarle (Little Children Are Sacred) is the report of the Northern Territory Board of Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse 2007. The report concludes that much of the violence and sexual abuse occurring in Northern Territory communities is a reflection of past, current and continuing social problems which have developed over many decades. It makes a range of recommendations focusing on education, building community trust, family support services and empowerment of Aboriginal communities. The report also suggests that improvements in coordination and communication between government departments are urgently needed to improve existing programs designed to break the cycle of poverty and violence.

To read the terms of reference, the report summary or to download the entire report in PDF format, click here.

Jun. 18, 2007

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