Domestic Violence

Tasmanian government’s Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016 passes through House of Assembly completely unopposed

Tasmania - Examiner

In a rare display of tripartisan support, the government’s family violence reform legislation passed through the Lower House unimpeded on Tuesday. Rob Inglis Examiner Premier Will Hodgman acknowledged the cross-party cooperation that enabled the Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016’s passage through the House of Assembly. “There’s been a… Tasmanian government’s Family… Read More »

Australian report finds disturbing evidence of gender inequality

Inequality - The Guardian

Sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins reveals widespread opposition to advancing equality, despite stark evidence progress is needed Melissa Davey The Guardian Incorrect assumptions are being made that gender equality has been achieved despite disturbing and comprehensive evidence to the contrary, an investigation by Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins, has found. Her findings include… Australian report finds… Read More »

Panmela Castro: Brazil’s graffiti queen, delivering justice through the nozzle of a paint can

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(CNN) – “I was a victim, but that was a very long time ago.” Thomas Page CNN Panmela Castro casts her mind back to the day she was beaten. Like her mother… Panmela Castro: Brazil’s… Read More »

The five most urgent steps to stop women being killed

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In 2015, 140 recommendations were laid out in the Not Now, Not Ever report to tackle domestic and family violence from three fronts: culture and attitude, police response and the justice system. Amy Mitchell-Whittington Brisbane Times The report was prepared by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, chaired by The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce who this week finalised her second annual progress report on the… The five most… Read More »

Protesters fight domestic violence law changes in shadows of Russia’s conservative push

RUS - ABC

Russians opposed to the decriminalisation of domestic violence say they have not given up hope of bringing in a new law to protect women. Lisa Millar ABC But they are up against changing cultural norms that are seeing Russia become increasingly conservative. President Vladimir Putin signed… Protesters fight domestic… Read More »

Domestic and family violence charges jump 30 per cent in the ACT in 12 months

Domestic violence - Canberra

Family and domestic violence charges are on the rise in the ACT. Clare Sibthorpe The Canberra Times The offender rate for those crimes jumped 35 per cent in 2015-16 from 459 people to 624. Demand for domestic… Domestic and family… Read More »

Aboriginal mothers in WA jails discuss domestic violence in lives, as study finds ‘culture of fighting’

Violence - ABC

“There was no way I was going to stand back and let a man flog me, so I gave just as much as he tried to give.” Nicolas Perpitch ABC Those were the words of Leonie, the pseudonym for one of 84 Aboriginal mothers in West Australian jails who were interviewed for a new report on the role of intergenerational violence in their lives. Almost 90 per cent of… Aboriginal mothers in… Read More »

‘Time to stand up’: Nicholls introduces domestic violence bill

Domestic violence - Bribane

The LNP has introduced a private member’s bill to crack down on domestic violence offenders in Queensland. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times The bill comes after the murder of Gold Coast mum Teresa Bradford by her estranged husband while he was on bail. Her funeral was… ‘Time to stand… Read More »

Gold Coast domestic violence: ‘The floodgates are open’

Police - Brisbane

Three years ago the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre in Southport dealt with 60 domestic violence cases. In 2016 that number was 890. Tony Moore Brisbane Times That is not just a tripling, or a quadrupling, or a 10-fold increase in domestic violence reports on the Gold Coast. It is a 14-fold… Gold Coast domestic… Read More »

Can you be feminist and pro-life? The question misses the point

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The Women’s March on Washington, attended by a crowd estimated to be about three times the size of Donald Trump’s inauguration, carried with it a powerful, global message for women’s equality and human rights. Rachel Hirsch ABC The spirit of women’s solidarity, however, was soon marred with controversy, on account of the reported exclusion from the march of pro-life women’s groups and pro-life women in general. The politics of the March… Can you be feminist and… Read More »

More police won’t necessarily lead to better outcomes on family violence – here’s what we need

Police - The Conversation

The Victorian government is recruiting more frontline police as part of a broader drive to tackle crime in the state. Marie Segrave, Dean Wilson and Kate Fitz-Gibbon The Conversation  Among the new recruits will be 415 officers specially trained to deal with family violence. The efforts to change attitudes and… More police won’t necessarily lead… Read More »

More domestic violence data needed ​to prevent deaths, says report

Domestic Violence - The Guardian

Human Rights Commission calls for system to report, collect, analyse and share data on domestic or family violence deaths Helen Davidson The Guardian Australia must improve its national data collection on domestic and family violence to identify gaps in services and prevent avoidable deaths, the Human Rights Commission has said. In a report released on… More domestic violence data… Read More »

Here are six ways to achieve a truly ‘shared society’

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Theresa May has outlined her vision of a ‘shared society’. Frances Ryan The Guardian But truly creating this requires a major culture shift and money where it’s needed When Theresa May set out… Here are six ways to… Read More »

Don’t let new money for family violence fool you – community legal centres have been gutted

Money - The Guardian

The conservative victory in the non-profit public advocacy sector has not been in simply making it leaner, but also in making it meaner The Guardian Chris Atmore It is accepted wisdom that would-be winners of vast fortunes should be careful what they wish for. As the story goes… Don’t let new money for… Read More »

Western Australia: half of reported domestic violence harm caused by 2% of offenders

Domestic Violence - The Guardian

Report commissioned by WA police found the youngest of 707 ‘worst offenders’ was 12 years old, and 35 were under 15 The Guardian Calla Wahlquist More than half of the harm caused by domestic violence offenders in Western Australia was perpetrated by just 707 people, according to a report commissioned by Western Australian police. The report, by the Cambridge Centre for,,, Western Australia: half of reported… Read More »

Dodging domestic violence leave shows this government’s opinion of women

Domestic Violence - Bisbane Times

Why should pollies do anything about saving lives when wearing ribbons is so much cheaper? Brisbane Times Andrew P Street Domestic violence is one of those things for which governments of all levels and sides like to express their righteous condemnation, provided that it’s done in cost-effective ways like wearing ribbons and making empty statements to the media. For conservative governments in particular, their zeal… Dodging domestic violence leave shows this… Read More »