Access to super can be lifeline for family violence victims

The ability, or inability, to leave a situation of domestic violence can literally be a matter of life or death. Advocacy group White Ribbon states that an average of one woman a week is killed in Australia by a current or former partner. Domestic and family violence is the principal …

Continue reading

Dentists trained to recognise the signs of domestic violence in their patients

Dentistry students at James Cook University are being trained to recognise and respond to signs of domestic violence in their patients through an Australian-first program. The ‘domestic violence: recognise, respond, refer’ training program was created in 2015 when final-year students on clinical placements found themselves treating victims of domestic violence. …

Continue reading

‘Outdated’ Wait for Divorce ‘Can Be Deadly’

Legal and family violence experts have called for the “outdated” 12-month waiting period for divorce to be scrapped because it puts victims at further risk of abuse. Domestic violence survivor Jessica (not her real name) said 23 years of physical, emotional and verbal abuse did not compare to the fear she endured during …

Continue reading

What Happens When Women Speak Up About Intimate Partner Violence?

The STOP Domestic Violence Conference 2017 highlighted yet again that domestic violence knows no social, economic or religious boundaries[1]. I spoke on intimate partner violence in Christian families, the responses of churches and the need for churches to review their role as contributory factors to abuse[2]. Immediately after the presentation, …

Continue reading

Love Secrets Game-Changer: What Our Parents Didn’t Teach Us About Love

The eternal questions ‘why women stay’ and ‘why women get caught’ are bound together. When we get to the core of why women struggle to leave, and why they return between five to seven times, we find the unspoken core conflict of how they got caught and greater understanding about …

Continue reading

Ms Kate Smith: Broken to Brilliant – Stories of Strength and Success

Stay tuned for the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference Australia, held next week at Rydges Melbourne from Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 December. Ms Kate Smith, Founding Director of Broken to Brilliant LTD will be joining us to discuss “Broken to brilliant – stories of strength and success”.  Aim Publishing the book …

Continue reading