New funding has been announced to support domestic violence crisis centres in Brisbane and Townsville, and assist in the setup of a third shelter in Charters Towers. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman, said tackling domestic and family violence is a priority, and these programs have helped hundreds of women and children. Save the Children runs the Brisbane based centre, and regional co-ordinator Theresa Kellet spoke about what the funding will be used for.
Experts from across the globe will attend the eSafe Relationships conference at the University of Melbourne tomorrow to share information and ideas on the use of technology to prevent and respond to violence against women and their children. Co-Chair of the Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children and conference convenor, Professor Kelsey Hegarty says the talks will discuss the problems and determine what interventions are most needed.
A new paper has been published examining the current knowledge on the impact of domestic and family violence on parenting. Lisa Hooker, the primary author of the paper, has spoken about what she examined and what it revealed about domestic and family violence in Australia. You can read the paper online here.
The new federal government has announced they are spending an additional $100 million dollars to combat domestic violence. I spoke to Senator Larissa Waters and family lawyer Heather McKinnon about this. Continue reading Federal funding for domestic violence ‘not enough’
Queensland premier Anastacia Palaszczuk has this week introduced new legislation into parliament to tackle rising rates of domestic violence. The proposed laws includes special witness measures, increased penalties for Domestic Violence Offences, and the establishment of an independent Death Review Board. We spoke to the director for the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, Annabel Taylor, about this topic. If you, or someone you know, are suffering from domestic abuse or violence, you can phone the national helpline 1800 Respect, on 1800 737 732, or go to their website, 1800respect.org.au.