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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Friday, 8 October 2021) . . Page.. 3070 ..

(c) Information on Return to Work clients’ incarceration history was not collected as part of the Return to Work Grants program in 2020-2021, however in 2020-2021, a pilot Return to Work grants program was delivered to women currently incarcerated at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) to support transition to further work and study once released.

Two women received the Return to Work grant under this program, following their release. The usual requirements for the grant were waivered and the maximum grant amount was increased from $1,000 to $2,000 in recognition of the additional challenges female detainees often face in obtaining work, and the role of employment in preventing recidivism.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—‘We don’t shoot our wounded…’ report(Question No 410)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, upon notice, on 6 August 2021:

The ‘We Don’t Shoot Our Wounded’ report from 2009 makes twelve recommendations for the ACT Government to implement and given the government has been engaging with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Reference Group (the Reference Group) to develop specific action plans in response to these recommendations and has received priority recommendations from the Reference Group, can the Minister list the priority recommendations and the status and content of any specific action plans for each of these recommendations.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

In October 2020, the Domestic Violence Prevention Council supported the Reference Group to hold community consultations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to update the report and its recommendations. The Reference Group has identified four key recommendations as priority actions:

establish a specific service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women where a range of legal, advocacy, practical and healing activities can be delivered;

develop a coordinated approach to supporting children and young people affected by family violence that recognises the importance of education and of family; and which offers practical, sustainable and non-punitive support to the parent who is also a victim of violence;

provide advocacy, assistance and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from the time they report to police through to prosecution and court process and linked to victim support measures aimed at securing their personal, financial and social stability and security; and

identify and implement a range of healing, supportive, advocacy and other interventions focused on addressing the trauma and harm from family violence.

As a result of these recommendations, the ACT Government is working with the Reference Group to co-design new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander domestic and

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