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This Christmas the Morrison Government needs to fully fund services that keep women and children fleeing abuse safe

Women’s Agenda by Senator Jenny McAllister  Read more HERE Australians love celebrating Christmas. Many look forward to putting up the tree, wrapping gifts, hosting BBQs with family and friends, and days at the beach or by the pool. Sadly, the joy of Christmas and New Year is not shared by all. For many women and…

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Calls for NSW child protection reforms to better target support for families impacted by domestic violence

Today Women’s Safety NSW published their submission to the NSW Committee on Children and Young People’s Inquiry into the Child Protection and Social Services System which calls for a better targeting of support for families impacted by domestic and family violence. Whilst domestic abuse is cited as the most common reason for calls to the…

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Services brace for rise in family violence

Women’s safety advocates are calling for stronger government action to stop family violence as support lines brace for an influx of calls. The nation’s ministers for women are meeting on Monday to discuss implementing Australia’s fourth action plan to reduce violence against women and children. The five priority areas include aiming for primary prevention and…

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Opportunity for Strong Action on Domestic Violence as Women’s Safety Ministers Meet Today

Women’s safety advocates are hoping for strong and decisive action today on Australia’s crisis of violence against women as the nation’s women’s safety ministers convene for their Taskforce meeting. The meeting comes as frontline domestic and family violence specialists brace for the uptick in volume and severity of cases going into the Christmas/ New Year…

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A New Bill Could See Victims Of Domestic And Family Violence Receive 10 Days Of Paid Leave Per Year

Currently, victims can get up to five days of unpaid leave each year under the National Employment Standards, after a ruling by the Fair Work Commission in 2018. “Violence against women and their children represented a national crisis before this pandemic,” Linda Burney, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, said in Parliament on December 7. “Recent…

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Australian Government Looks To Scotland To Improve Domestic Violence Laws Around Coercive Control

This year has seen a passionate cry for state and territory governments to criminalise coercive control in Australia—especially in a year that has seen so many women and children staying at home, leading to a spike in domestic violence cases. Coercive control is defined as patterns of abusive behaviours that are used by one person to…

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2020 Will Be Remembered As Australia’s “Worst Year” For Domestic Violence Cases, Say Experts

By Grace Back in Marie Claire While Australia continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s silent killer has reached alarming numbers. Case numbers of domestic violence have soared amid lockdowns, leading to what has been titled the “worst year” for family violence—with support services struggling to help those in need. According to…

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Four women, two days. The article we don’t want to write anymore.

This week, Australia has learned of the deaths of four women in two days. “This is the worst year we have seen for women and children experiencing domestic abuse in living memory,” Hayley Foster, chief executive of Women’s Safety of NSW, tells Mamamia in the wake of these deaths. It’s not yet confirmed if all incidents…

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‘The worst year’: domestic violence soars in Australia during Covid-19

Case numbers increase dramatically and frontline workers say support services are struggling to help those in need. Hayley Foster, chief executive of Women’s Safety, New South Wales, has worked in domestic violence support for 15 years and she’s been shocked by what she’s witnessed this year. “2020 will be remembered as the worst year for…

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