Domestic Violence

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »

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

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  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 ... 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 ... 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 murdered women has continued to ... 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 and three children before committing ... Read More »