Domestic Violence Victims Benefit From Partnership Between Lawyers and Hospital Staff

Leaving an abusive relationship can be a dangerous and terrifying experience for many women. There can also be a range of complex legal issues including child custody, intervention orders, tenancy contracts, and financial matters that can create barriers for leaving the relationship. In a South Australian first, a collaboration between …

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Domestic Violence Rent Support Program Expanded

A $25 million rent support program to help people escape domestic and family violence will be available to those on “moderate” incomes for the first time, the NSW government has announced. The Rent Choice Start Safely program provides a private rental subsidy for an initial three months and up to …

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Sydney’s Castle Towers Shopping Centre Opens Safe Room for Domestic Violence Victims

A safe room for victims of domestic abuse has been set up in a Sydney shopping centre to enable women at risk to discreetly access help and advice. The safe area has been established by the Lisa Harnum Foundation at Castle Towers shopping centre, in Castle Hill in the city’s north …

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Vicarious Trauma: Managing the Inevitable

Rape and domestic violence services Australia The term ‘vicarious trauma’ is often associated with the ‘cost of caring’ for others. It can be defined as the impact on professionals from engaging empathically with a client who has experienced a traumatic experience. This can include workers in ‘helping professions’ such as Disaster …

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The Proof of the Pudding: What Have Outcomes From Male Perpetrator Interventions Taught Us?

In over forty years of treatment for male perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) or Family Violence there has been limited success in terms of harm reduction and recidivism reduction across a broad range of different programs regardless of theoretical position, treatment modality, structure, or length. The predominant treatment model …

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When Your Next Door Neighbours’ Fights Turn Violent

It was too early for bed and I was just about to watch another episode of House of Cards when I heard thumping, like kicking a wall, somewhere just beyond my lounge room. I heard it a few times over a few minutes before I turned to my partner with …

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