Deathscapes

Ms Dhu 1e - Aboriginal women DIC

Deathscapes

An Expanding Deathscape

Ms Dhu’s death can be situated in an extensive catalogue of deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Common threads run across the stories of each of these women, linking multiple forms of violence, systemic racism and institutional indifference. This intersecting violence is continually reproduced over years and across state lines.

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) runs a National deaths in custody monitoring program which examines the circumstances of deaths in prison, police custody and juvenile detention around Australia since 1992. The statistical information published on their site is rarely disaggregated to consider Aboriginal women as a distinct group of people. Data is usually divided along the lines of race or gender but not race and gender. This renders invisible the particular circumstances of Indigenous women. In order to establish the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have died in prison, in police custody or police-related pursuits it is necessary to cross examine reports, media articles and other sources. We invite viewers of this site to contribute to the record below by contacting us via our email.

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37 women (23 in police custody, 13 in prison custody, 1 in home detention)


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