Today is Day Four of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence. Compared with non-Indigenous Australians, Indigenous women experience up to 32 times the rate of hospitalisations from family violence. Indigenous females are five times more likely to be victims of homicide than non-Indigenous females. Family violence is not part of traditional Aboriginal and Torres strait islander culture. It is a crime. Family violence within Indigenous communities should be understood in the context of colonisation and intergenerational trauma. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children draw on the strength in identity and culture that carries women through to address the greater risks of violence.