Domestic Violence

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 »

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”. The Age – Mark Kenny, Chief political correspondent The sharpened focus comes as he continues to reposition his government across policy areas as diverse as ... 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, prison generally exacerbates, rather than solves, the complex personal and social problems that lead to family violence. Victims and perpetrators of family violence can find ... 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 partners checking text messages or vetoing clothing, can emerge without being recognised as wrong. Young people cannot be expected to automatically develop an understanding of ... 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 Conversation – Jenny Ostini and Susan Hopkins * We may even think about domestic or family violence, particularly now that popular discourse increasingly recognises domestic violence as ... 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 women panelists featured on a six person panel to discuss an epidemic that almost exclusively harms and kills women. Facing online outrage, the show insisted ... 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) came to see me after being beaten by her husband. I see a lot of people who migrate to Australia who have little or no ... 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 began. What started as persistent criticisms intensified into threats. Gradually, the emotional abuse escalated into physical violence. Paul Gregoire Vice One night a few years ... 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, your collective voice and wisdom to create change for women?” she asked them. Addressing an audience at the State Library of Victoria on Tuesday night, ... Read More »