Domestic Violence

Prevention of violence against women – finally, an idea whose time has come

A $30m ad campaign to change attitudes about violence against women will be launched this weekend as part of a broader strategy that puts gender inequality at the centre of a violence prevention program. When it comes to preventing violence against women, Australia has made history in the last few weeks… Source: Prevention of violence against women – finally, an idea whose time has come | Mary Barry | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

If royal commissions worked children and families would be safe by now

Commissions and inquiries into tough social challenges often follow a common formula, but without radical thinking change is slow and incremental. Over the past decade Australia has seen 39 inquiries, reviews and royal commissions dedicated to finding better ways to protect children against… Source: If royal commissions worked children and families would be safe by now | Carolyn Curtis | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Overhaul ‘broken system’ of dealing with domestic violence, says royal commission

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Victorian premier Daniel Andrews pledges to introduce all 227 proposals, including support for victims to return to homes and get through court cases • Follow all the reaction to the commission’s recommendations here… Source: Overhaul ‘broken system’ of dealing with domestic violence, says royal commission | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Fiona Richardson tells Australian Story of violent alcoholic father

Victoria’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson has revealed that her father was a violent alcoholic, who beat her mother and siblings. Ms Richardson, who is also the state’s Minister for Women, returned to her birth country of Tanzania with her family for an ABC TV Australian Story program about her violent family history. The program was aired just a day before the… Source: Fiona Richardson tells Australian Story of violent alcoholic father Read More »

Bring youth sex abuse in Indigenous communities ‘out of the shadows’: report

Youth sexual abuse and child prostitution in Queensland’s indigenous communities must be discussed publicly with the same openness applied to domestic violence, the state government says. A report, commissioned by the Bligh government and handed to the Newman administration in… Source: Bring youth sex abuse in Indigenous communities ‘out of the shadows’: report Read More »

Branded for life? Sending the wrong message to young perpetrators of family violence

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As part of a strategy to eliminate violence against women, an advertising campaign on digital channels, in cinemas and in high foot-traffic areas for young people uses a series of photographs depicting young men who have assaulted their girlfriends. These men appear with the… Source: Branded for life? Sending the wrong message to young perpetrators of family violence Read More »

Blaming victims for domestic violence: how psychology taught us to be helpless

The story of how psychology framed women for their own assaults began, as so many of psychology’s stories do, with some trapped animals. In the late 1960s, psychologist Martin Seligman conducted a series of behavioural experiments with dogs. He electrically shocked them at random and observed their… Source: Blaming victims for domestic violence: how psychology taught us to be helpless Read More »

Can we begin to change embedded attitudes about violence against women?

How do we teach them to pause in that moment before emotion turns to action? I chuckled at the slogan on his T-shirt – ”nothing can scare me, I’ve got daughters”. As a mother of daughters, I sympathised. The question is: how do our beautiful, argumentative, eye-rolling and door-slamming daughters grow into women who keep domestic violence to… Source: Can we begin to change embedded attitudes about violence against women? Read More »

Sarah Palin ties son’s arrest on domestic violence charge to military service

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Palin accuses Barack Obama of not supporting veterans and tells crowd at Donald Trump rally that her son Track came back ‘hardened’ from Iraq The Guardian – Tom McCarthy in New York @TeeMcSee Video – Sarah Palin talks about her son’s arrest for domestic abuse. Sarah Palin tied the arrest of her son on domestic abuse charges to his military service in a speech supporting Donald Trump on Wednesday, as she accused Barack Obama of not supporting veterans. “My own family, my son, ... Read More »

74 women a day sought rape and domestic violence help over festive break

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EXCLUSIVE Every day of the festive period 74 women across Australia reached out to rape and domestic violence support services. The Age – Eamonn Duff, Sun-Herald senior investigative writer Between December 21 and January 3, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia assisted 1043 individual clients across its three telephone services – a 32 per cent increase on the same period last year. There was also a 22 per cent rise in the number of calls answered by its crisis counsellors. Rape and Domestic Services ... Read More »

We Need To Change Our Thinking About Violence

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Dr Melinda McPherson argues that the way we think about male violence runs the risks of entrenching it in our society forever. New Matilda – By Dr Melinda McPherson *I have written this article knowing that information continues to emerge in the Port Lincoln case. I want to acknowledge this week’s statement by Melissa Little expressing the depth of love for her partner and children, and consequently the depth of her pain. This article is motivated by an interest in trying ... Read More »

‘Leftover Women’ reveals unequal shares of China’s growing wealth

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Mao Zedong’s communist party was set to modernize the rights and roles of women in China. However, within years of taking power, the party stopped its efforts – leaving Chinese women facing societal gender bias even as China rises as a dominant power. The Christian Science Monitor – By Dan Southerland Shortly after Mao Zedong took power in China in 1949, it appeared that he would follow through on promises to “liberate” the country’s women. Mao had already proclaimed that “women ... Read More »

Domestic violence and Facebook: harassment takes new forms in the social media age

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Domestic violence is now widely recognised as a national crisis. However, there are significant gaps in responses to the intimate violence enabled by social media platforms like Facebook. The Conversation – Authors: Susan Hopkins, Lecturer in Communication, University of Southern Queensland  Jenny Ostini, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Digital Futures and Personalised Learning), University of Southern Queensland Disclosure statement:Jenny Ostini receives funding from the Australian Government’s Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) program. ‘Digital Futures’ is the CRN research theme for the University of ... Read More »

Male leaders condemn violence to women

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SIGN THE PLEDGE MEN who serve on the Northern community’s front line will unite on Wednesday to condemn violence against women. The Examiner Representatives of Tasmania Police, the Tasmania Fire Service and the Launceston City Council will mark White Ribbon Day with three events in Launceston: a Brunch in the Bays at the Paterson Street fire station, a public event in the Brisbane Street Mall from midday, and a forum at the Launceston City Council. Northern Commander Brett Smith said ... Read More »

World unites in colour over violence against women

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WEDNESDAY, November 25, cities around the world will turn orange to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. NATASHA STOTT DESPOJA – The Advertiser In Melbourne, iconic buildings, such as the Victorian Arts Centre and State Parliament, will be lit orange to draw attention to the issue. Landmarks across the world, including the Sphinx, the Pyramids of Giza, the Empire State Building and the Peace Palace in The Hague, have all gone orange previously. Colours are ... Read More »

Safe refuges for women crucial to changing the story of domestic violence

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It has been a big week for raising the profile of Australia’s deadly domestic violence toll with the launch of a major new prevention initiative and with Rosie Batty, the 2015 Australian of the Year and a high-profile campaigner on this issue, one of the exclusive group invited to dine with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla at Admiralty House on Thursday night. The Sydney Morning Herald – Anne Summers Finally, the issue is getting the high-level attention it needs, ... Read More »