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Australian media is failing to cover domestic violence in the right way

Domestic violence most often framed as an individual event rather than a systemic problem Last year, 56 women were allegedly killed by their partner or ex-partner in Australia. Domestic violence against women is a national issue, and the media plays a key role in setting the public agenda on the issue. Our comparison of newspaper reporting in each state… Read more »

Domestic violence escalated as COVID-19 pandemic created ‘perfect conditions’ for abusers

The pandemic has provided the “perfect conditions” for domestic violence abusers, an expert says, following a string of high-profile cases in recent years. Hayley Foster, the chief executive of Full Stop Australia — an organisation that supports domestic and family violence victims — said the frequency and severity of violence in the home had escalated during lockdowns. “The pandemic… Read more »

New Family Violence Court Delivers Safer Access To Justice

14 December 2021 People experiencing family violence will have more support closer to home, with a new Specialist Family Violence Court in Melbourne’s southeast. Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes visited the new court at Frankston to mark its official opening – the fifth since the rollout began in 2019. The court has been designed with the rights,… Read more »

Domestic violence service providers struggling as requests for help surge amid pandemic

The Drum / By Stephanie Boltje Posted Tue 10 Aug 2021 at 6:00amTuesday 10 Aug 2021 at 6:00am, updated Tue 10 Aug 2021 at 6:49am Domestic violence services are reporting a pressure-cooker environment during the pandemic, issuing stark warnings about a rise in demand for help across New South Wales since the latest lockdown began.  Key points: Domestic violence services say lockdowns are creating… Read more »