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A boy contemplates the guns handed in during an amnesty for gang members in Panama City. How do communities respond to violence? InSight Crime

Preventing violence: maybe communities know better

Many communities struggle with crime, violence and abuse, but they are not all the same. Those that look to local expertise for solutions offer hope in a world where success in preventing violence is rare.
Independent oversight will be a crucial new ingredient in the Queensland government’s vow for stronger domestic violence action. Dan Peled/AAP

Queensland’s domestic violence strategy may finally put action to the test

We’ve heard promises to act on domestic violence too often before. But a new Queensland plan offers public accountability measures – which could finally turn rhetoric into real action.
It’s estimated general practitioners see up to five abused women every week. Aikawa Ke/Flickr

Acting on family violence: how the health system can step up

Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence will today hear how the health system can better respond to partner abuse, with the help of trained professionals and broader, government support.
The many people who are mourning the loss of Phil Walsh should also reflect on what we as a society can do to help families avoid such tragedies. AAP/Ben Macmahon

When a parent is killed: family tragedy is often a mark of our broader failings

The killing of Phil Walsh is a tragedy for his family and the football community. It should also lead us to question whether we do enough to support families before the issues they face spiral out of control.
The public hearings of Victoria’s royal commission mark the next stage of changing how we see, and respond to, family violence. AAP/David Crosling

Submissions to family violence royal commission reveal a fragmented system

The royal commission presents a timely opportunity to greatly improve responses to family violence in Victoria. But as the volume of submissions reveal, this is a task not easily achieved.
One of the most dangerous times in an abusive relationship is when it ends – which was when Clare Wood was murdered by her ex-partner. Paul Millar/AAP

Violent offenders registers sound good, but are a costly, unproven distraction

Giving people the right to ask about their partner’s history of domestic violence sounds like a good idea – but there are good reasons why Rosie Batty and others have raised concerns.
Mandatory reporting of family violence on a woman’s behalf threatens dignity and takes away her power. Andreas Levers/Flickr

Family violence victims need support, not mandatory reporting

Legal requirements for doctors to report family violence to police may sound good at first glance. But evidence shows it's better doctors are trained to support women to make their own decisions.
Our current focus on the drug ice takes the spotlight away from the harms of excessive alcohol use, which is actually a bigger problem in Australia. Photographer/Flickr

Focus on illicit drugs puts Australia’s drinking problem on ice

Alcohol-related violence is a much bigger problem in Australia than the harms of illicit drugs but we tend to overlook the former because the latter gets more headlines.

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