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There are fears the end of JobKeeper will inflict a ‘double whammy’ on those at risk of domestic violence

The peak representative body for specialist domestic and family violence services in NSW expects the end of the federal government’s JobKeeper scheme will inflict a “double-whammy” on people at risk of violence. The wage subsidy ended on Sunday, leaving an estimated 150,000 Australians unemployed after it was brought in at the height of the coronavirus pandemic…

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Tesch shares her own experience with DV

In CCN Coast News Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, has opened up about her personal experience with domestic violence as NSW Parliament debates new regulations following a string of bad statistics for the Central Coast. The Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Amendment (Coercive Control-Preethi’s Law) Bill 2020, sparked by the murder of Preethi Reddy by…

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Aboriginality & gender most influential factors in bail refusal

Published in Mirage. Women’s Safety NSW and the Women’s Justice Network have noted concern at the latest NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) report findings and what they mean for women’s safety, justice and wellbeing. The Report looked at the key factors influencing police and court bail decisions, and found, amongst other things,…

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Aboriginal women in NSW less likely to be granted bail by police

In Women’s Agenda by Madeline Hislop  New research has revealed that Aboriginal women in NSW are 8.3 per cent less likely to be granted bail by police than non-Aboriginal women. Meanwhile, courts in NSW are 11 per cent more likely to grant bail in domestic violence matters. These statistics come from the latest NSW Bureau…

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Courts 11% more likely to grant bail in domestic violence matters, police 8.3% more likely to grant bail for non-Aboriginal women

Women’s Safety NSW and the Women’s Justice Network have noted concern at the latest NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) report findings and what they mean for women’s safety, justice and wellbeing. The Report looked at the key factors influencing police and court bail decisions, and found, amongst other things, that courts are…

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Women suffer 80 per cent of sexual assaults – UK data; In Australia, sexual consent app proposal sparks criticism

Women make up 80 per cent of sexual assault victims over the age of 16, official data showed on Thursday, as Britain moves towards classifying misogyny as a hate crime in the wake of protests over the murder of Londoner Sarah Everard. The latest statistics showed little progress in tackling sexual assault, with 773,000 people…

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Proposed reform to shared parenting presumption in family law welcome, but abuse victims still need greater protections

Women’s Safety NSW welcomes proposed reform to the presumption of equal shared parental responsibility under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) but notes the importance of being “crystal clear” in its redrafting that the presumption does not apply where children have been exposed to family violence or abuse. The Federal Government today responded to the…

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Consent app proposal widely condemned

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller was slammed last week for suggesting that an app could be used to record consent and combat the increasing number of sexual assaults. Fuller proposed the idea last week, suggesting a technological solution to a growing problem in Australia and likening it to the digital venue sign-ins brought about by COVID-19. “Two…

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