Access to justice and legal needs. Stage 1: public consultations ( 2003 ) Cite this report
Ch 1. Who is disadvantaged in seeking access to justice?
Many reports have concluded that Indigenous people become, whether defendant or victim, victimised within the system; the outcomes of high incarceration rates mark this out.22
1.21 Indigenous women and children were commonly identified as suffering special disadvantage. Submissions noted the over-representation of Indigenous children and young people in both the care and juvenile justice systems.23
1.22 Elderly Indigenous people were also identified as facing particular issues of disadvantage, with few culturally appropriate services available to assist them. Elderly Indigenous people were seen as vulnerable to violence, sexual assault and abuse from their families.24