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The Departments of Corrective Services and the Attorney General are working in partnership with the Geraldton Aboriginal community to reduce the incidence of family and domestic violence in this part of Western Australia (WA).
The Barndimalgu court and Geraldton family and domestic violence project was established in August 2007 specifically for Aboriginal people in Geraldton to help them break the pattern of domestic and family violence. The program aims to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in prison, and the high numbers imprisoned as the result of family and domestic violence related offences.
When an Aboriginal person is arrested on a domestic violence charge, they are sent to the Barndimalgu court. People who plead guilty have an opportunity to do a 20-week program to address their violent behaviour before the final sentence is delivered. If the person successfully completes the program, they may not have to go to prison and may be given a community sentence instead. This helps the families and the community.
There are a number of program components:
The project is supported by the Geraldton Aboriginal Justice Agreement local justice forum, which provides a link between the Geraldton Aboriginal community and the Departments of the Attorney General and Corrective Services.
Abstract adapted from Department of Corrective Services Western Australia
Geraldton Family Violence Court Barndimalgu
15 Marine Terrace
Geraldton WA 6530
Ph: (08) 9921 3722
Fax: (08) 9964 1864