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Andrea Pickett 13c - A Noongar Woman at Risk

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A Noongar Woman at Risk

Infographic highlighting the experience and risk of different groups of women. It reads 'Groups at greater risk of family, domestic and sexual violence: Indigenous women, young women, pregnant women, women separating from their partners, women with disability, women experiencing financial hardship' To the right of this a statistic is shown that '54% of women who had experiencing current partner violence experienced more than one violent incident'. It then shows a graphic of a woman carrying a suitcase with the text 'Women who are about to, or who have recently ended a relationship are at greater risk of experiencing violence'.

[imagecaption] ‘Fast Facts: Impacts of Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence‘, ANROWS, 2018. [/imagecaption]


‘She was killed in an horrific way on the police’s watch and on the West Australian Government’s watch.’

Gary Bentley, Andrea Pickett’s brother 


‘Andrea’s life was clearly at risk and yet the non-Aboriginal agencies tasked with protecting victims did so little to help her. As an Aboriginal woman, her life was not valued. Many Aboriginal women and girls have died as a result of family violence because the justice system imposed on our people is tainted with racism and sexism.’

Hannah McGlade


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As a Noongar woman, Andrea was very much at risk of family violence and homicide. Aboriginal women are 35 times more likely to be hospitalized as a result of family violence and Aboriginal mothers are 17.5 times more like to be a victim of homicide than non-Aboriginal mothers.

Despite the over-representation of Aboriginal women in family violence statistics, at the time of Andrea’s murder in WA there was no specialist family and domestic violence service for Aboriginal women even though Aboriginal women had campaigned since the 1990s for an Aboriginal women’s legal service to support Aboriginal women experiencing violence.

At the time of Andrea’s murder, Aboriginal women were deprived of any access to culturally safe legal support services. Aboriginal Legal Services were charged with primarily representing male perpetrators and persons at risk of incarceration, and women experiencing family violence were not able to access the service.

Andrea made many efforts to seek help and protect her children and herself, but was told there were no facilities for her to go into crisis care with her seven youngest children. Unable to leave her children behind, she remained at risk. Despite her persistent efforts to keep herself and her children safe, assistance was not forthcoming.

 

 


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