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Every night the emergency departments of the Northern Territory overflow with battered Aboriginal women. That won’t change unless governments address alcohol abuse

Northern Territory chief minister Adam Giles once described alcohol in the NT as “a core social value”.

The protection of this so-called core social value trumps the protection of women and children. Every night the emergency departments of hospitals in the NT overflow with the battered and bloodied bodies of Aboriginal women. The ones who make it to hospital are the lucky ones.

The current levels of domestic violence across Australia are terrifying. In the NT it’s 80 times more terrifying. The children’s commissioner in the NT has outlined that an Aboriginal woman is 80 times more likely to be hospitalised for assault than other Territorians.