In addition, they are exposed to violent acts because of a lack of protection by their indigenous societies. For example, there are certain roles that are specific to aboriginal women which they must always perform unless they are incapable of doing so due to sickness or other serious handicaps.
However, they can suffer violent and sexual attacks because of failure to perform their duties when they are viewed as perfectly capable. On the other hand, men are rarely subjected to any form of violence even when they repeatedly fail to perform their traditional duties (Bell and Nelson, 1989:411). They should always be treated with respect at all times, a luxury that women are rarely accorded. Academic literature on indigenous family violence complicate everyday understandings of the gender issues involved because they provide contrasting perspectives of the issues involved (Pal, 2012:17). For example, indigenous family violence was somehow justified by those who practised it while modern understanding of the subject is that all forms of gender violence are wrong. In addition, the academic literature complicates the roles in the household because it provides for little debate on the society-assigned roles that trigger gender and sexual violence (Bell and Nelson, 1989:413).
Academic literature should be viewed as an opinion and not taken factually because the subject of gender violence is too complex to define. In some indigenous communities, the message conveyed by academic literature is that gender violence is allowed so long as it is done with “good intentions.” However, who defines good intentions? Academic literature shows that men can ‘discipline” their wives if they fail to provide for them as expected (by the society). However, who defines this ‘discipline?” Aboriginal communities and other indigenous communities have always viewed women as inferior to men and ...Show more