Indigenous LGBTIQSB + people's experiences of family violence in Australia

Karen Soldatic, Corrinne T. Sullivan, Linda Briskman, John Leha, William Trewlynn, Kim Spurway

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Purpose: This article uses an Indigenous concept of family violence as a frame to interrogate interviews held with Indigenous LGBTIQSB + people in Australia. The article reorients family violence away from Western heteronormative framings and aims to contribute towards a new conversation about family violence.

Methods: A qualitative thematic analysis was used to analyse 16 interviews with Indigenous LGBTIQSB + people in the state of New South Wales, Australia. This is one of a series of articles that provide preliminary findings from a research project into the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous LGBTIQSB + young people living in New South Wales.

Results: The interviews highlight the complex impact family violence on Indigenous LGBTIQSB + youth. The article shows differences in reactions between family and community in urban settings with those experienced in rural settings highlighting intergenerational differences, with older family members such as grandparents, more likely to exhibit negative reactions and behaviours. These experiences are interconnected as many young people were living in urban areas while extended family often lived in rural or remote communities.

Conclusions: The findings of this study demonstrate the intersectional nature of family violence highlighting the fact that Indigenous LGBTIQSB + young people are integral parts of extended kinship networks, families and communities and are deeply impacted by any acts of family violence. The study’s findings also support current research into family and community violence for LGBTIQ + people that shows the differential behaviours and actions of rural and urban families as well as the different reactions between generations within families.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Aboriginal
  • Australia
  • Family Violence
  • First Nations
  • Indigenous
  • Torres Strait Islander


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