A survey of 120 Noongar children has revealed some disturbing details about why so many children feel they have nowhere to go to escape a violent home life.
By
Craig Quartermaine

Source:
NITV News
20 Sep 2013 - 4:54 PM  UPDATED 20 Sep 2013 - 5:49 PM

A new exhibition has opened in Perth to coincide with the release of  the "Identity on the line report".

Justice commissioner Mick Gooda launched the report that charts why so many Noongar kids spend time on buses and trains rather then home.

"I think it's really good quality research talking to kids. What we've done is given the kids a voice," Mr Gooda says.

Noongar Elders Ben Taylor and Mingli welcomed attendees to country and also voiced their hope for the children of the report and the information it provides.

"We know most of those things but I think other people don't know them...and we're just crying out for more things to be done,"  Noongar Elder Mingli told NITV News.

The report focussed on the conditions at home that forced Indigenous youth to seek refuge in public places like train stations and shopping centres where they eventually cross paths with authorities.

Sergeant Steve Banks believes there is much to be gained through the success of the report for the WA Police as well.