The Shame (A)

Australia, 2001

TV show
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Episode of Series “Four corners (Television program)”.
This program discusses domestic violence and sexual abuse in the Aboriginal communities in regional and outback Australia, where Aboriginal women are fifteen times more likely to be hospitalised and ten times more likely to die from domestic assaults than their white counterparts. There is also a frighteningly high rate of sexual abuse of young Aboriginal children and as Patrick Dodson (Chairman, Reconciliation Council 1991-97) quite poignantly remarks “At stake is the survival of Aboriginal people”. Rather than laying blame, reporter Liz Jackson attempts to find out why domestic abuse is so prevalent and what, if anything, is being done to improve conditions for the Aboriginal communities. Unemployment, alcohol abuse, boredom, low self-esteem, and cultural rituals contribute, it would appear, to the Aboriginal male aggression towards their family, and particularly their wives. Through interviews and personal stories, “The Shame” provides an insight into this most disturbing and tragic situation which exists among the indigenous people of Australia.

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Credits

producer

Virginia Moncrieff

production company

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Duration

00:44:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
2001

Appears in

Group of items

Four corners (Television program)

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

317375

Language

English

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Alcohol use

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Attitudes

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Children

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Government relations

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Health and hygiene

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Treatment

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Women

Aboriginal Australia → Abused women

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Aboriginal Australians - Government relations

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Aboriginal Australians - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Abused children

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Abused women

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Abused children

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Abused women

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Child sexual abuse

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Conjugal violence

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Family violence

Television

Television → Television series

Television → Television series → Television series - Australia

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Sound

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Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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