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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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White Ribbon anti-domestic violence charity soon to have new owners

Prominent domestic violence prevention charity White Ribbon could be under new ownership by the end of next week, with the group’s liquidators fielding ­numerous inquiries from groups interested in taking on one of the country’s most recognisable not-for-profit names. White Ribbon, whose epony­mous ribbons adorn the lapels of politicians, celebrities and sports stars across the…

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‘Awful human mess’: inside our family law system

Just months after the ALRC finished its extensive inquiry into the Australian family law system, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a new inquiry led by a joint select committee. Many lawyers say it will simply add to the cycle of frustration and fatigue. A multitude of inquiries have sought answers to Australia’s family law…

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1 in 3 children report feeling ‘not at all safe’; AWAVA issues statement against inquiry

Over 100 peak bodies and practitioners working to prevent and respond to violence against women and children launched a joint statement last week, rejecting the legitimacy of the Federal Government’s new Family Law Inquiry.  The statement, organised by community campaigning group Fair Agenda and the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA), the body set up to inform government policy on violence against…

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