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12 NEWS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 A TERRITORY leader has joined forces with two other indigenous women to demand a national task force to combat the epidemic of family violence in Aboriginal communities. Alice Springs Councillor Jacinta Price, University of Melbourne Professor Marcia Langton, and Josephine Cashman from the Prime Ministers indigenous Advisory Council made their case at the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday. In remote communities, traditional culture is shrouded in secrecy which allows perpetrators to control their victims, Ms Price said. I call upon the federal government to do what has been done in light of Aboriginal youth in detention and hold a royal commission into the countless homicides, acts of violence and sexual abuse perpetrated against this countrys most marginalised. Aboriginal women are up to 35 times more likely than nonindigenous women to be hospitalised because of domestic violence. The trio said the No More campaign in the NT, a grassroots effort that started in football teams but has since spread to entire communities, is the most effective in forcing men to take responsibility. In a community in Arnhem Land, this program reduced violence rates by 70 per cent, Prof Langton said. Ms Cashman said a fear of reprisals or becoming homeless stops victims reporting it, which then manifests as youth suicide, substance abuse and the continuation of a destructive cycle. Within this culture of si J O S E P H I N E C A S H M A N *Terms and conditions apply. While stocks last. See in store for details. Its time for people to listen National stage hears anti-violence pleas lence, the police are the enemy. And anyone who reports or talks to them is called a dog and a snitch for collaborating with the white authority, she said. The trio criticised the governments national action plan, which recommends an avoidance of police and courts to resolve the problem amid disproportionately high indigenous incarceration rates. We are witnessing the Stockholm syndrome writ large by indigenous perpetrators, and their government and agency partners explaining this horrible situation as a matter of culture, Prof Langton said. This is the most racist of all stereotypes, so much worse than Bill Leaks cartoon of an Aboriginal man asking the police officer for his sons name. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have committed to linking arms before parliament ends this year in a symbolic gesture to support the No More campaign, founded by Darwins Charlie King, who hopes rates of violence will be slashed this Christmas. AAP Within this culture of silence, the police are the enemy