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Preventing sexual violence against young women from African backgrounds

Australian Institute of Criminology

This study explored how young women from African refugee and migrant backgrounds understand and experience sexual coercion and violence. Data was gathered from young women from African backgrounds and a wide range of agencies in two Australian states, Western Australia and South Australia, to better understand the extent of their awareness of and concern about sexual coercion and assault and document how agencies respond to these issues.

The paper concludes it is necessary to improve policy, practice, professional development and training to better respond to the sexual violence experienced by these young women, and raise awareness of the issue in their communities in a culturally sensitive way.

Cite article

Chung D, Fisher C, Zufferey C & Thiara R 2018. Preventing sexual violence against young women from African backgrounds. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 540. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://www.aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi540