‘Coercive control’ is an umbrella term for a series of abuses that has, until now, gone unpunished in the realms of law. Australia, however, is lagging behind.
The police officer who illegally accessed the database to leak the address of a domestic violence victim to a friend has been found guilty by the court. However, the story does not stop there.
As it stands, a third of domestic violence victims are men. However, a conversation around that topic has been limited. Why?
Last year, 69 women were murdered, firmly establishing our national problem. Sadly, a repeat in 2019 is absolutely possible.
The evidence might be strong, and their acts of violence appalling, however many NSW police officers who cross the line are being cleared by internal investigations.
The QLD police officer that misused his powers has now been charged without fronting court. Despite this, the system continues to protect him.
Yesterday, the nation was shocked by the footage of Fortnite streamer abusing his pregnant partner. As a survivor of domestic violence, I know that the difficult day is the one after they’ve been charged.
A pair of candidates are running for higher office under the banner “End Violence Against Women”, yet, with so many Australians behind this initiative, why are they receiving so little coverage?
This week, the Bunnings sausage fiasco made it all the way to Parliament House. Why are we not discussing violence against women instead?
Last week, we reported that the QLD police is protecting one of their officers who illegally used their database to track a victim as a favour. Now, the officer in question is refusing to testify. He remains in the police force.
The officer who used the police database to allow his ‘mate’ to find the partner he abused will not appear at the tribunal to explain his actions, nor was he suspended.
In this month alone, eight women have met their end. In the majority of cases, they knew the aggressor. There has been very little national discussion about it. Why?
I plucked up the courage to escape him, but social media was one aspect I hadn’t counted on.
Make no mistake, the violent deaths of Australian women is an epidemic. For every Eurydice Dixon, there are scores more. The government, the media, and our institutions are failing them.
While it’s been a big week in world sport, we should recognise the familiar violence that is taken out in its name.
I applaud the Coalition for standing up for the victims of DV in court. However, the Legal Aid professionals who will take on the task are already stretched to the limit. They need greater funding. That wasn’t part of their announcement.
According to research at La Trobe University, instances of domestic violence increases horrifically when the State of Origin rolls into town.
According to BOSCAR statistics, the measure used to identify repeat instances of domestic violence is little better than random luck.
For many migrants, a relationship is not just their reason for leaving their home, it is the sole legal tether to their new one.
As domestic violence is a complex issue, the full discussion is often not heard. One local organisation is quietly helping the male victims of the national crisis, and I endeavoured to meet them.
In a long-overdue move, apprehended domestic violence orders are now enforceable nationwide, allowing the victims of DV the freedom of escape.
The humble smartphone is the latest weapon responsible for the surge in cyberstalking cases, but it is also one of the greatest tools to combat it.