Alcohol-related violence among the Australian aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of the Northern Territory: Prioritizing an agenda for prevention- narrative Review article

Ramya Ramamoorthi, Rama Jayaraj, Leonard Notaras, Mahiban Thomas

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    Abstract

    Alcohol - related violence among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (also called as "Indigenous") is a major public health concern in Northern Territory of Australia. There is dearth of epidemiological data that link three contributing epidemics: alcohol misuse, violence, and trauma in the Northern Territory. In this review, we aimed to concentrate on how these epidemics intersect among the Indigenous people in the Northern Territory. In our descrip-tive review, we have searched published papers, publicly available government and health department reports web sites reporting relevant data on these three risk factors in the Northern Territory. The high rate of family and domestic vio-lence and assaults in the Australian Territory indicates an increased correlation with high risk alcohol use compared to unintentional injuries. Heavy drinking pattern and harmful use of alcohol among Indigenous people are more likely to be associated with the incidence of violent assaults and physical injuries in the Northern Territory. We are trying to emphasize our understanding of co-occurring risk factors on the alcohol - violence relationship and urging a need for interventional approaches to reduce the public health issues in the Northern Territory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)539-544
    Number of pages6
    JournalIranian Journal of Public Health
    Volume43
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2014

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