Explanations of Indigenous Violence and Recidivism

  • Heather NancarrowEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)


Following the previous chapter’s statistical analysis of court and police records, this chapter identifies and discusses four themes from interviews with domestic and family violence support workers and police prosecutors. The interviews sought to understand the higher rates of violence and recidivism for the Indigenous men and women, from the perspective of professionals on the ground in one or other of the two research sites in northern Queensland, Australia. The themes that emerged from the interviews were: fights, chaos, formulaic police response, and race relations. They are illustrated with commentary from those who were interviewed. The concept of “chaos” contributes to the framework for analysis of police reports and the development of a reconceptualised typology of intimate partner violence, discussed in Chapter  6.


Indigenous violence Recidivism Fights Chaos Disadvantage Formulaic Race relations Police Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder 


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  1. 1.ANROWSSydneyAustralia

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