Domestic Violence

Australia has the wealth to ensure a sustainable future, but too many people are being left behind

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The purpose of our social, economic and political systems is to enable all Australians to lead good lives. Australia is doing well on some fronts. Sue Richardson The Conversation It ranks third out of 188 countries on the UN Human Development Index, which takes into account life expectancy, education and national income per capita. We also rank 19th on national income per capita. This suggests Australia is rather good at converting national income into social well-being. But a key question ... Read More »

New program to tackle domestic violence during pregnancy in Western Australia

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Roia Atmar was no stranger to violence when her husband set her on fire while she was holding her baby daughter, but she believes things could have been very different if the medical professionals she… Sarah Collard ABC Ms Atmar was a child bride. She was 14 when she came to Australia from Afghanistan, and had her first child at 15, before having three other children to her abuser. She said the abuse started early in the marriage. “For a ... Read More »

DV victims need funding before cross-examination ban: LCA

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The Law Council of Australia has called on the Australian government to accept recommendations from a report which said a guarantee of additional funding for legal aid is necessary before a… Grace Ormsby Lawyers Weekly The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee’s Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018 [Provisions] bipartisan report was released earlier this week and… The report said “the committee believes there should be a commitment to additional funding for legal aid ... Read More »

Children who have lost a parent to family violence need to be listened to

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Around the world, at least one in seven homicides are committed by a current or former intimate partner. Eva Alisic The Conversation In the United States, estimates suggest that, each year, a child may be more likely to lose a parent (the mother, in most cases) to intimate partner homicide than to be diagnosed with leukaemia. Many of these children witness the killing or its direct aftermath, often involving graphic scenes. Some try to intervene in whatever way they can. ... Read More »

‘A huge win’: New Zealand brings in paid domestic violence leave

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MPs cheer after legislation passes to tackle what one called ‘horrifying’ rates of family violence Eleanor Ainge Roy, in Dunedin The Guardian New Zealand has passed legislation granting victims of domestic violence 10 days paid leave to allow them to leave their partners, find new homes and protect themselves and their children. MPs clapped and cheered as bill passed on Wednesday night with 63 votes to 57. It is the result of seven years of work by Green MP Jan ... Read More »

How Australian media are changing the way they report violence against women

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Recently in Australia there has been a horrific wave of murders of women and children. But, in the aftermath of the #metoo movement, we have seen a change in the way the media are reporting violence against women. Annie Blatchford The Conversation Witness the reporting of the murder of Eurydice Dixon, followed by the abduction and rape of a woman in Carlton, murder-suicides in Western Australia and Sydney and the murders of two women in Melbourne in one weekend. Over ... Read More »

Australia is safer than it used to be but family violence persists

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I was walking down the street the other day when I found an iPad on the footpath, propped against a neighbour’s fence. Caitlin Fitzsimmons Brisbane Times Someone had clearly lost the device, while another person had put it aside so the owner could find it but no one would tread on it in the meantime. This was the moment I knew the gentrification of my inner-city suburb was complete – even if the graffiti in the railway tunnel still says ... Read More »

The map that shames Australia: The dark truth behind every heart on this graphic of our nation

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The severity of Australia’s domestic violence crisis has been highlighted in a shocking interactive map profiling victims and the circumstances of their death. Brooke Rolfe Daily Mail More than a thousand women and children have had their stories told in the nation-first memorial map, titled ‘Australian Femicide Map’, by The Red Heart Campaign. The Google Map commemorates lives lost at the hands of domestic abuse and was designed with the aim of raising awareness and lobbying for… Among the plethora of ... Read More »

Men who murder v men who abuse: Queensland research aims to find the difference

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Researchers will interview Queensland prisoners in the hopes of discovering the difference between men who abuse their intimate female partners versus men who murder them. Lucy Stone Brisbane Times Griffith University professor Paul Mazerolle hopes the project could provide much-needed practical information on the reasons behind the escalation from violence to murder. “A number of years ago we undertook the Australian Homicide Study, so we have an existing data set of 302 people who have murdered somebody, and a subset ... Read More »

The murders we don’t hear about — and why

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When a 68-year-old father shot dead his teenage son and daughter at the home where they lived with their mother, media organisations were justifiably transfixed: the cold-blooded killing, described by police as a “planned attack”, has horrified readers, viewers and… The Signal By Stephen Smiley and Angela Lavoipierre ABC But since that calculated crime was committed in West Pennant Hills in Sydney on Thursday, there have been at least three other murders that have received much less attention: a 76-year-old ... Read More »

The new far right: Leyonhjelm is just a symptom

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An ever more vocal group of angry men is rising in an Australia where women, protesters and dissidents should be seen and not heard, writes John Passant. IA ANOTHER ANGRY MAN has killed two members of his family. But it is all about “misandry”, isn’t it? Because all those angry women out there killing their partners and kids are just ignored by the feminist media oligopolies and the left-wing lesbians running the ABC. Or, could it be, women don’t often ... Read More »

Victorians more worried about crime than commute times, survey finds

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Violence in homes and communities and tougher treatment for criminals are among the top issues for Victorians according to a new poll of the nation’s concerns. Noel Towell The Age The Council for the Economic Development of Australia survey explored issues that matter to Australians in an effort to understand whether people feel they are reaping the benefits of decades of prosperity. Despite Melbourne’s growing congestion problems “reduced commuting times” was found to be one of the least important areas ... Read More »

Technology is both a weapon and a shield for those experiencing domestic violence

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With growing recognition that domestic violence can be perpetuated using technology, there has been a an increase of news stories that focus on how abusers use it to coerce and control victims. Hadeel Al-Alosi The Conversation For example, when a man stole his ex-partner’s laptop so he could monitor her private Facebook messages. Or when a husband installed a GPS tracking device in his daughter’s doll to monitor his… But there’s also considerable potential for victims to use new technologies ... Read More »

Domestic violence perpetrators praise police program helping them to change

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Domestic violence perpetrators on the Sunshine Coast are crediting a collaborative police program with turning their lives around and changing their behaviour. ABC Sunshine Coast By Kylie Bartholomew Michael* ended up in DV Court after an incident in which his partner “got injured”. “The love had gone, the kids were suffering, my partner was suffering, everyone in the house was suffering actually,” he told ABC’s Focus program. His first encounter with officers from the Sunshine Coast’s Vulnerable Persons Unit (VPU) ... Read More »

Why some migrants in abusive relationships don’t receive help, and are deported

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Earlier this month, Bernadette Romulo, a Philippine immigrant to Australia, made a desperate plea to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to allow her to stay in the… Marie Segrave The Conversation Bernadette came to Australia 11 years ago with her husband, who held a 457 visa (a temporary skilled-work visa), and two daughters. Following the breakdown of their marriage, Bernadette began a relationship with a Filipino-Australian man, with whom she later had a son. Her partner was abusive, and the ... Read More »

Domestic violence in the church: When women are believed, change will happen

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Tonight, hundreds of people are expected to gather in North Sydney to talk about how church communities can take action on domestic violence. Last year’s event, called Time to Listen, was organised by Northside Baptist and sold out. At this one, called Time to Act, survivors and… Julia Baird ABC The white Styrofoam heads stand on shelves in neat, solemn rows in a little-used backroom of the ABC. Their faces are devoid of colour; blank, anonymous, unknown. These mannequin skulls ... Read More »