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The rates at which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are experiencing violence and being put in prison has reached a crisis point.

In the past 10 years we have seen a 88% increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ending up in prison, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now 13 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous people. Being placed in prison is all too common for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. But the impact of being in prison can be severe - not just for the individual but also for their family and the whole community.


​At the same time, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – especially women and children – are experiencing increasing amounts of violence with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of family violence. This is devastating lives.​

But it doesn't have to be this way. We can change the record.
 
We need to invest in early intervention, prevention and diversion strategies. These are smarter solutions that increase safety, address the root causes of violence against women, cut reoffending and imprisonment rates, and build stronger and safer communities. We can do this and reduce the cost for all of us as taxpayers.
 
Many of the solutions are already there. Now we need to make it happen, and do so in a way that empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and services to drive these solutions.
 
Together, we can change the record. Together, we can build stronger and safer communities.​

LET'S CHANGE THE RECORD

Senate Inquiry Report highlights pathway to end indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment.
The Change the Record (CTR) Coalition has today welcomed the release of a major report by the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs into the ‘Indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia’. The report makes a number of critical recommendations aimed at providing better legal protections for people with disability in the justice system including through the provision of adequate disability supports and services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Third National Action Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children must be matched by tangible action and funding.
The Change the Record (CTR) Coalition has welcomed the release of the Third National Action Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children, but called on all levels of government to ensure that positive rhetoric is matched with tangible action and funding. The Third National Action Plan was launched on Friday at the COAG National Family Violence Summit, and includes a strong focus on reducing violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.
Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment must focus on solutions
A major national inquiry into the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must focus on identifying tangible solutions that address the underlying causes of imprisonment, says the Change the Record (CTR) Coalition. In welcoming today’s announcement of an Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the coalition of peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, human rights and legal organisations has said it is essential that the inquiry focus on practical measures that invest in and strengthen communities.