A key challenge posed in attempting to provide assistance to Indigenous women experiencing domestic violence is providing services in the languages spoken by clients.

Ms Oscar says several different Indigenous communities reside in the Fitzroy Crossing area, meaning that as many as four different languages are spoken.

"It helps to have an understanding of the languages spoken and to employ local people into the positions so that the spoken communication isn't a barrier. Sometimes there's no need for any spoken communication when it comes to people seeking support at the refuge. They just may need to be left alone for a while until they're ready to speak."