9.1        The Terms of Reference ask the ALRC to have regard to ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their rate of incarceration’. This chapter contextualises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female offending within experiences of trauma, including isolation, family and sexual violence, and child removal. Consequently, the ALRC makes some proposals in the Discussion Paper related to the provision of services that may be required to address some of the criminogenic factors of female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders.

9.2        While the ALRC makes no proposals in this chapter, chapters 5, 6, and 7 include proposals, questions and discussions on areas that specifically respond to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s incarceration.