One of the Territory’s senior judges reportedly told The Australian, “Women in the bush are trapped in an epidemic of extreme violence brought about by inter­generational abuse and disadvantage and a culture that protects perpetrators before victims.

She praised the Black Lives Matter movement’s focus on ­allegations of excessive use of force by authorities, but questioned whether those ought to be the top priority. Police have fatally shot two Aboriginal men in the NT since 2000: Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu in 2019 and another man in Wadeye in 2002.

“In that same period, 52 Aboriginal women have been the victims of homicide, mostly by their partners...”

These facts should break our hearts. 

As Christians I urge you to pray earnestly for our sisters in the bush. Wendy Francis, Sarah Heys, and I will discuss some meaningful part ACL can play to help our sisters, but in the meantime please pray in your private devotions and in public meetings for these women as well as for the men who carry out these crimes. 

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16).