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‘Paltry, tokenistic’: women left behind in the budget

On International Women’s Day 2019, in an insight into the Coalition’s mindset, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “We want to see women rise. But we don’t want to see women rise only on the basis of others doing worse.” This year’s budget goes above and beyond to prove this ethos. Advocacy groups have slammed it,…

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How coercive control laws differ across Australia

Debate is continuing to grow over whether or not Australia’s legal systems should recognise coercive control, with NSW Labor Party proposing a bill last month to criminalise coercive control, that if passed, would see offenders enforced with a ten-year maximum penalty. Following the killing of Hannah Clark and her three children, and murder of Preethi…

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The real losers of this year’s Federal Budget? Women.

If there was ever a Federal Budget that should have put women and our economic security at its centre, it was this one. We know that women have been the hardest hit by Australia’s coronavirus job losses. We know a growing number of women aged 55 and over are experiencing homelessness. We know domestic violence,…

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Crisis accommodation package for domestic violence survivors rolls out

By Maggie Coggan in Pro Bono  Access full article HERE A $60 million government package to house around 700 women and children fleeing domestic violence is welcome relief, say front-line groups who have been waiting over 12 months since it was first announced. On Monday Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston and Assistant…

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NSW considers crackdown on ‘dominating’ husbands

To reduce the stubbornly high number of women emotionally and financially abused by their husbands, NSW is considering a fundamental change in the way marriages are policed: by prosecuting spouses who control their partners’ behaviour. State Attorney-General Mark Speakman has, under pressure from domestic violence advocates and the Labor opposition, promised to fast-track a review…

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NSW Labor propose bill to criminalise coercive control and jail perpetrators

By Madeline Hislop in Women’s Agenda Access HERE Coercive control is one of the major indicators of domestic abuse homicide, but in states and territories across Australia, besides Tasmania, it is not a criminal offence or considered in any legislation. This week the ABC reported that the NSW Labor opposition is proposing a new bill…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Women’s Safety submission calls for $12 billion domestic violence plan

Women’s Safety NSW has released its submission to the House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Parliamentary inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence calling for $12 billion over 12 years to invest in evidence-based solutions to the nation’s domestic and family violence scourge. The peak body for women’s specialist domestic violence services…

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Criminalisation of coercive control

Breakfast with Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck on ABC radio  Listen HERE from 02:54:04 Women’s Safety NSW CEO Hayley Foster spoke to Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck about the criminalisation of coercive control.  

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A new coercive control law could see perpetrators jailed for up to 10 years

Access full article HERE Published by Marie Claire  While coercive control isn’t currently a crime anywhere in Australia except Tasmania, a new bill proposed by the NSW Labor Opposition could be set to change things. As reported by the ABC, yesterday the party proposed a maximum 10-year jail sentence for perpetrators, marking an unprecedented mainland…

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New laws needed to protect women: report

Domestic violence survivors and advocates are calling on the NSW government to criminalise coercive control as a form of domestic abuse Women’s Safety NSW released a paper on Tuesday highlighting the dangers of coercive control in domestic abuse and calling on the government to criminalise the behaviour. The paper draws on a 2020 survey of…

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