We Need To Be Cautious When Assuming CCTV Will Prevent Family Violence

This year’s Victorian state budget included a A$1.9 billion package to tackle family violence. Part of this was a statewide Personal Safety Initiative, which expands a trial of installing technology – such as CCTV, personal alarms and security doors – in the homes of at-risk women. The Victorian government is to …

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Alison* Opens Up About Her 25-Year Abusive Relationship

Alison* has overheard hundreds of conversations about domestic violence. Whenever a story about an abusive relationship is in the news — it might be a female celebrity seeking an AVO against her ex, or a man in court charged with the murder of his partner — the women in her …

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Screening for Family Violence Does Not Always Meet Clients’ Needs

The screening of family violence is irregular and does not always meet the needs of women and families seeking housing support, finds a new research report led by Swinburne researchers for Wesley Mission Victoria. The ‘First to Know, First to Act’ research report explores the best ways for universal service …

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Violence Hits Home: 1,566 AVOs Taken Out

MORE than four Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs), on average, have been taken out across the Riverina every day in the past year. The region claimed the shameful mantle of having the second-highest rate of AVO’s granted across the entire state. Local courts approved a staggering 1566 domestic violence injunctions in 12 months, according to statistics …

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Victoria Boosts Housing for Domestic Violence Victims Amid ‘Tsunami of a Crisis’

More than 100 extra homes for women and children escaping family violence will be built across Victoria as part of a $133.2 million State Government package. The plan also includes money to redevelop existing refuges, and the construction of two new Aboriginal crisis accommodation centres. Housing and Mental Health Minister …

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New program to support families living with domestic and family violence

It is a confronting reality that the majority of perpetrators of domestic and family violence are men. While some men’s advocacy groups suggest that males are under-represented in the statistics, our best research has found that one in six women and one in 20 men experience at least one incidence …

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