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Those on Hunter’s Domestic Violence Front Line Speak Up

Overworked and underfunded – domestic violence support services across the region are crying out for help. Today, the Hunter Domestic Violence Forum heard from those on the frontline, and provided a sounding board for policymakers. Reports Madison Scott for NBN News. THOSE ON HUNTER’S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FRONT LINE SPEAK UP

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Stopping the Domestic Violence Killers

…Indigenous people accounted for 23 per cent of Australian-born intimate partner homicide victims in [a] 10-year period. Migrants accounted for another 22 percent of intimate partner homicide victims (or 124 people), of those whose backgrounds were known. The figures have prompted questions about whether programs aimed at tackling domestic abuse are properly targeted at those…

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DV Survivors in NSW to have ongoing support to escape and recover from violence – but when?

Women’s Safety NSW has cautiously welcomed advice from the Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Hon. Mark Speakman, that the “NSW Government is currently exploring options for a state-wide case-management model to provide a more intensive level of support to victim-survivors of domestic and family violence who need it.” Frontline domestic…

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Nearly 1000 strangulation charges laid within first 12 months of new laws

Police have laid almost 1000 charges of intentional choking, suffocating or strangling under a new offence introduced in NSW just months ago. The Sun-Herald can reveal 899 charges have been laid under the new laws, announced last December in a bid to boost the rate of convictions against domestic violence perpetrators and take the onus off…

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This could be the most egregious example of victim-blaming ever printed

A woman whose body was found frozen “rock solid” in a freezer at her family’s Sydney had a “strong, aggressive” personality and often nagged her “quietly spoken” husband, according to friends of the couple. These are the opening lines in a news story published by The Australian on Saturday under a headline that read, Body in freezer: Husband ‘a quiet…

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‘Unprofessional, unethical, unsafe’: ABC breaches rape victim’s privacy in new Tracey Spicer documentary

The ABC has been forced to apologise for a “mortifying” mistake that has put at least one woman’s life at risk and “shattered” several others. The ABC has been accused of violating women’s privacy and compromising their safety, after circulating a documentary which included the real names, faces and personal stories of rape and domestic…

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White Ribbon: Failed charity tied in knots

When Tracy McLeod Howe, White Ribbon’s short-lived chief executive, sat down with her highlighter to rake through the charity’s expenses during her brief tenure last year, one particular item on the spreadsheet caught her eye. It was a charge for “plant hire”. The phrase is typically used to describe mobile equipment such as generators and…

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