What’s shocking about the treatment of detainees in youth detention is not so much the treatment of those vulnerable people, but that it is happening in a wealthy country like Australia.
Reports of abuse on Nauru should provide a flashpoint for the Turnbull government to reassess its asylum-seeker policies before more serious harm is inflicted on Australia's international standing.
The once-taboo topics of domestic violence and institutional abuse are now front-page news, but repeated reports of incest have not registered in public awareness as evidence of a serious problem.
Leaked incident reports from the Nauru detention centre affirm what has been known for a long time: detention is no place for children, and we need alternatives to offshore processing.
The royal commission's terms of reference hold some promise, but more needs to be done about juvenile justice and child protection systems across Australia.
Students with disability are experiencing a range of harms in schools, and teachers are struggling to support students with increasingly complex needs.
Military institutions and militarised cultures seek to generate a unity of people and purpose. Initiation rituals have been a historically stable strategy to achieve this.
The Victorian government will bring its laws up-to-date with new forms of exploitation and abuse of children and young people that are associated with communications technologies.
The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence put the pressure on banks to respond to economic abuse. Now the banks are taking the first steps.
Victorian child protection law reforms due to come into effect next month will give parents two years from when their children are removed to lift their game, before permanently losing custody.
The public outing of a number of high profile scientists in sexual harassment cases shows the current system of protecting women isn't working. But there is a solution.
Part one of the ABC's Hitting Home provides an insight into the work of those responding to domestic violence on the front line – including police, courts, refuges, and a specialist forensic unit.
When adult children abuse their parents, feelings of parental love and responsibility coupled with shame and guilt often stop the parent from seeking help and protecting themselves.
Traumatic memories recovered from the unconscious during therapy are more likely to be false memories than real.
Momentum for reform to end domestic violence should not stop at the most dramatic expressions of abuse. Economic abuse can also contribute to a lifetime of struggle for women.
The royal commission has made a convincing case for a national scheme for redress: it is more prudent in terms of economies of scale, and more fair and equitable to survivors.
We must place the responsibility for preventing assault firmly on men's shoulders.
Australia's system of offshore immigration detention operates outside of any effective state jurisdiction.
While the disability system has undergone significant and important reforms over the past three decades, many problems remain. We're still failing to protect people with disabilities.
New research suggests bullied children are more likely to report mental health problems compared to those who are maltreated.