Indigenous women and intimate partner homicide in Australia: confronting the impunity of policing failures

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Indigenous women are eight times more likely than non-Indigenous women to be murdered, according to national statistics. Figures compiled by the Australian Institute of Criminology show a significant proportion of these are attributable to intimate partner violence.

This article examined 151 Australian coronial court investigations and inquests over a 20-year period (2000-2020), analysing them thematically. The analysis highlighted the vulnerability of Indigenous women to intimate partner homicides, noting that the women's deaths, in most instances, were entirely preventable.

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