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Members of the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group from Alice Springs at an event to discuss combatting family violence at Parliament House in Canberra, 2018. Mick Tsikas/AAP Image

We need a national plan to address family violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The recent Women’s Safety Summit highlighted Australia’s problem with gender-based violence. However, violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is still not being addressed.
Shelter-in-place measures have made it more difficult for victims of domestic violence to escape from their abusers. Elizabeth Livermore/Moment via Getty Images

Domestic violence 911 calls increased during lockdown, but official police reports and arrests declined

A change in how witnesses, victims and authorities respond to domestic violence reports paired with limited social services placed victims in a vulnerable position during the pandemic.
Domestic violence and coercive controlling behaviours are occurring in shared parenting arrangements more than was previously thought. (Cottonbro/Pexels)

Divorce Act update will help protect children, mothers from violence and coercive control

There’s a need to better understand coercive control as an important component of domestic violence when it comes to making decisions around co-parenting.

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