Articles on Family violence

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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.
Adolescent family violence has detrimental effects on the health and wellbeing of families, and is surrounded by stigma and shame. shutterstock

Long ignored, adolescent family violence needs our attention

Research is revealing that both families who have experienced adolescent family violence and those working with them feel the criminal justice system is not an appropriate way to respond to it.
There is a common misunderstanding that one particular Qur’anic verse perpetuates violence against women. AAP/Lukas Coch

Explainer: what Islam actually says about domestic violence

Islam’s position on domestic violence is drawn from the Qur’an, prophetic practice, and historical and contemporary legal verdicts.
Police across Victoria made it clear that family violence was considered to be ‘different’ to the primary investigative mandate of their work. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

More police won’t necessarily lead to better outcomes on family violence – here’s what we need

Police remain critical in the effort to tackling family violence in all its forms. But more than just a commitment to extra police and training is needed to improve outcomes for victim-survivors.

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