Domestic Violence

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to go hard against domestic violence

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”Real men don’t hit women.” Dawn Fraser joins smartwatch campaign to protect women Malcolm Turnbull will make Australia’s disturbingly high rates of violence against women his first order of business, declaring “real men don’t hit women” and that the scourge that has already accounted for 63 deaths this year has been “overlooked for too long”. ... Read More »

Talking Point: Family violence has gender roots

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SINCE the women’s movement put family violence on the public agenda 50 years ago, Australia has been struggling to mount an adequate response. MICHAEL SALTER From: Mercury There has been a strong push to improve the policing and punishment of family violence. The criminal justice system has an important role in managing family violence. However, ... Read More »

We’re not tackling domestic violence education in the classroom. But we need to be.

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Teaching respectful relationships in the classroom will help prevent the next generation of domestic violence, as Senator Larissa Waters explains. MamaMia – Teenage relationships may seem a lifetime ago, but I can still remember clearly the confusion and awkwardness of navigating them in those formative years. In the uncertainty of some teenage relationships, controlling behaviours, such as ... Read More »

Online harassment is a form of violence

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Many of us have a traditional and corporeal perspective on violence. We perceive it as physical threat: the stranger following you home on a dark night; an unprovoked assault in a bar or on an empty train; or the alcohol fuelled brawl that breaks out in the Valley in Brisbane on a Friday night. The ... Read More »

Q&A panel shows why we can’t move beyond the basic questions in domestic violence

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Instead of capitalising on their expertise in family violence, Rosie Batty and Natasha Stott Despoja were used on a Q&A special to interpret and validate men The Guardian – Amy Gray, Contact author @_AmyGray_ Simon Sentosha said “we need to start listening to women”. It’s a shame Q&A wasn’t going to give them the opportunity. Instead, only two ... Read More »

What happens to migrant women when there’s no happily ever after

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Forced underage marriage, trafficking, female genital mutilation and domestic violence – this doesn’t sound like the “lucky” country. However, the harsh reality is that there are serious concerns in these areas and some have referred to domestic violence as a national epidemic in Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald – Pallavi Sinha Rita (not her real name) ... Read More »

In Australia, One in Three Victims of Family Violence Are Men


  In 2007, a New South Wales father of two who we’ll call Kevin fell ill. Paralyzed, he went to the hospital and stayed there for two months. When he returned home, he was bedridden for most of the day and unable to work. According to Kevin, that’s when the verbal taunting from his wife ... Read More »

Prominent men urged to join fight against family violence

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Issue has become factor in Victorian election, with Labor promising a royal commission andfunding for support services Jump to comments The sex discrimination commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, says she has phoned 24 of the most powerful men in government and business to make a personal plea on family violence. “Will you use your power and influence, ... Read More »

287 Turkish women murdered in first 10 months of 2014

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Some 287 women were murdered in the first 10 months of this year in Turkey, as additional clauses to the law on the protection of families are drafted. Despite changes to laws, court rulings, restraining orders on guilty men, protection granted to exposed women, and the application of a panic button system, the number of ... Read More »

Neither job nor gender identity killed Mayang Prasetyo. She died because of a man who felt entitled to murder her

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Questions should be asked of a media entitled to publish photos of a Brisbane murder victim posing in a bikini and referring to her as a ‘she-male’  Jump to comments A man murdered his partner and then committed suicide. These are the simplest facts we can offer about a tragedy that is both all too ... Read More »

Disability and murder: victim blaming at its very worst

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When we hear that a murdered wife had a disability, we can find ourselves a little less horrified. But whichever way we dress it up, it remains a story of domestic violence, writes Stella Young. By now you’ll have heard the story of Geoff Hunt, the 44-year-old grain farmer who shot and killed his wife ... Read More »

Domestic violence is never acceptable

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About a month ago I ranted about the horrifying actions of America’s mighty National Football League and their attitude about domestic abuse. This week it got a whole lot worse. Ray Rice was a running back for the Baltimore Ravens. He was suspended for the first two games of the new season for punching his ... Read More »

Student’s Family Lose Deportation Battle


Yashika Bageerathi’s family are told they will have to leave the UK just hours after British Airways refuse to fly the teenager. A mother who has campaigned to stop the removal of her 19-year-old daughter from the country has been told she too has to leave Britain. Student Yashika Bageerathi was due to be flown ... Read More »

Pupil discipline ‘must be shared’


Speaking yesterday after a school discipline summit in Boksburg on the East Rand, Surty said the problems might not be in schools, but at home. File photo Image by: Gallo Images / Foto24 / Craig Nieuwenhuizen) Pupils attacking classmates and teachers, carrying guns and abusing each other sexually are a stark reality of what is ... Read More »

We need to understand victims of domestic violence, not shame them

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‘Home, with its expansive suggestions of love and safety, is not where you expect to find violence and intimidation’. Photograph: Sam Frost The absence of accurate figures on domestic violence speaks volumes about a society that disbelieves women who live in fear More than 10,000 women and children face the possibility of being murdered or ... Read More »

Children and human rights abuses: coming to an international stage?

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Children in Australia will not be among those allowed to bring complaints of rights abuses by governments to the UN. AAP/Lukas Coch For the first time, children will soon be able to bring complaints of human rights violations to the United Nations. Although the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child has been in ... Read More »