Solution to DV victims determined to be at serious risk of future harm? Stop assessing the threat

Over 20,000 victims of domestic violence were still found to be “at serious threat of future harm” in just 12 months in NSW. Three or more prior DV incidents automatically classified the victim at serious threat of future harm and triggered a Safety Action Meeting (SAM) that would put them in touch with people who […]... Read More

Article: Where is the super ministry for tackling the real threat to Australians – domestic violence?

The federal government currently spends $35 billion on national security and $160 million on domestic violence each year. If you average that spending out over the past 20 years’ worth of victims, simple arithmetic puts it at $53 billion per person affected by terrorism and $55 per woman affected by male violence. Read the full article on the Sydney Morning Herald ... Read More

Article: Domestic violence half-yearly update: The numbers we need to know

You could fill the MCG eight times over with children living in Australia right now who have been or will be sexually abused. If you emptied out Brisbane you could completely refill the city with Australian survivors of sexual violence. 750,000 rapists live in Australia and have never been held accountable for their crimes. You’d […]... Read More
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FixedIt: Why it matters that sexual abuse of children is not called “child sex”

Neville Raymond Budge, 56, was found guilty of 20 charges of an indecent act with a child. He then pled guilty to a further 4 charges. His victims were aged between 10 and 15. 8 victims were involved in the case. Geelong radio station Bay 93.9 reported this as “Pedo scout leader guilty on child […]... Read More

Article: Violence against women: We the media must do better

The MEAA code of ethics says the purpose of journalism is to describe society to itself. When journalists describe sexual and domestic violence as a perpetrator’s “downfall” and blame it on something other than his choice to be violent, we are failing at our purpose. Men’s violence against women is not caused by alcohol or a man’s […]... Read More

Article: Parents want their kids to grow up free of ‘sissy boy’ and ‘bossy girl’ labels

“Most of the parents surveyed for the Our Watch report were at least 25 years old, and they grew up in a world where gender equality was talked about, but rarely demonstrated. Their kids were born into a country where all the power groups – government, business, the justice system, music, movies and the arts […]... Read More