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Safety cards that allow victims to press a button to alert a 24/7 call centre have proved successful in protecting victims from further abuse. Mavis Wong/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Technology is both a weapon and a shield for those experiencing domestic violence

We shouldn’t be telling victims of domestic violence to stop using technology. We should encourage them to use their digital devices to share their stories and seek the help they deserve.
Many women in this caravan of Central American migrants said they were fleeing physical and sexual violence. The Trump administration has overridden an Obama-era ruling that domestic abuse may be grounds for asylum. Reuters/Edgard Garrido

Do abused women need asylum? 4 essential reads

Countries have some flexibility in interpreting UN agreements on refugee rights. But Sessions' decision that abused women don't qualify for asylum in the US is an extraordinarily severe ruling.
Access to a steady income can mitigate the effects of violence and provide avenues out of abuse. AAP

Why family violence leave should be paid

Providing paid family violence leave means we’re not asking victims to choose between accessing necessary support and financial security.
Many lone-actor attacks, including the 2014 Sydney siege, are carried out by perpetrators with a history of violence against women. Dean Lewis/AAP

We won’t stop lone-actor attacks until we understand violence against women

The Victorian government's new centre to prevent terrorist and lone actor attacks needs to fully understand the links between these types of attacks and violence against women.
Rob Porter, left, an aide to President Trump, resigned after reports surfaced that he had abused his two ex-wives. AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

How working with men and boys could stop domestic violence

Domestic violence services have rightly focused most attention on meeting survivors' needs. Increasingly, though, organizations are involving men and boys in domestic violence prevention.

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