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Alcohol delivery loophole closed

By ABC NEWS Access article HERE Community groups have welcomed new legislation passed by the NSW Government to hold alcohol delivery companies to a higher standard. The new laws make it mandatory for online alcohol sellers to check they are not selling illegally to those under 18. “Nobody should be able to sell alcohol to…

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New laws in NSW close loopholes for online alcohol delivery

In Mirage News Read full article HERE Community organisations have welcomed new legislation in NSW to hold alcohol companies that sell their products online to a higher standard. The rapid growth of alcohol being sold online and delivered directly into people’s homes has raised concerns among family violence specialists. “COVID-19 has increased the already unacceptably…

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NSW to Prohibit Direct Cross-Examination of Domestic Violence Victims by their Accused

Women’s Safety NSW are delighted that the NSW Legislative Council have passed an amendment to the Stronger Communities Legislation Amendment (Domestic Violence) Bill 2020 to prohibit domestic violence defendants from directly cross-examining their victims in court. The amendment was moved by the NSW Government after negotiations between the offices of the Attorney General and Minister…

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When police charge the victim

Reported in the 7 am Podcast by Rick Morton  A new report collating the experiences of hundreds of frontline workers has revealed how criminal and judicial systems are failing victims of family violence. Today, Rick Morton on how we’re still letting down survivors, and what needs to change. This episode contains descriptions of family violence….

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Progress made, but more to be done to improve police and court responses to domestic violence

Women’s Safety NSW has this week released two new reports drawing on surveys of frontline workers and victim-survivors about the responses of police and courts to domestic violence. These reports are timely in the wake of the Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Mark Speakman SC MP’s proposed legislative amendments to…

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Policing family violence in NSW

By Rick Morton in The Saturday Paper  Natalie Fletcher* woke to her former partner’s hands around her throat. Just a day after being released from an acute psychiatric ward, in early March 2015, the man broke into her house while she and her three children slept. Before that night there had been 12 officially logged…

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NSW Moves To Protect Pets And Livestock From Domestic Violence

Reported in News of The Area by Sandra MOON DOMESTIC violence victim-survivors and their animals will have greater protections under proposed Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) reforms. Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said animals are often used as an instrument of coercive control designed to torment victims. “Perpetrators use animals to intimidate, retaliate against,…

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Australia: A shadow pandemic: COVID leads to a rise in domestic violence offences in NSW

Reported in Mondaq by Jarryd Bartle Since the start of the pandemic, concerns have been raised that a combination of household isolation due to lockdowns as well as work and financial stress could lead to a wave of domestic violence offences not just in our state, but across the nation. The United Nations has declared an increase in family…

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The other pandemic: COVID leading to a rise in domestic violence

Since the start of the pandemic, concerns have been raised that a combination of household isolation due to lockdowns as well as work and financial stress could lead to a wave of domestic violence offences not just in our state, but across the nation. The United Nations has declared an increase in family and domestic violence during COVID-19…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Safer Courts for Domestic Violence Victims, But More Needed

Women’s Safety NSW has welcomed the domestic violence court reforms announced today by Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Mark Speakman MP SC, but notes critical reforms are missing from the package. The proposed bill, if passed, would see domestic violence complainants being given the entitlement to give evidence in their…

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