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SUMMARY REPORT: MAY 2019
Research has shown that trauma informed services are effective in reducing the burden of violence against women1. This is reflected in Australian policy landscape, including National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–22, which calls upon services to deliver trauma informed care. However, much of the research that guides policy is based upon Western concepts of trauma, which may not consider First Nations peoples experiences and perspectives on trauma. To address this, the First Response project explored how the workforce within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) conceptualise trauma and culturally informed care and how this informs approaches to primary health care for women who are experiencing violence.