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People between the ages of 25 and 34 are the largest group of woman who find themselves homeless. Oleg Golovnev/Shutterstock

‘I didn’t want to be homeless with a baby’: young women share their stories of homelessness

The largest group of homeless women is between the ages of 25 and 34, and family violence is most often the cause. Their stories testify to the dangers and stresses of not having a place to call home.
The Victorian government is rolling out respectful relationships education in primary and secondary schools across the state. from shutterstock.com

Let’s make it mandatory to teach respectful relationships in every Australian school

Nearly one-quarter of young people surveyed said women exaggerated claims of sexual assault. This is only one reason why education on underlying values that lead to violence against women matters.
A new program in South Australia would offer housing for the perpetrators of domestic violence, allowing their victims to stay in the family home. Shutterstock

An innovative way to counter domestic violence: provide housing for abusers

The SA government is trialling a new program that will provide accommodation and support services to the perpetrators of domestic violence – enabling women and children to remain in the family home.
Many behaviours associated with coercive control are not yet criminal in Australia, even though the impact on victims is profound. Shutterstock

It’s time ‘coercive control’ was made illegal in Australia

New laws in the UK have led to convictions for a range of deplorable behaviours used to control partners in relationships. It's time Australia reconsidered introducing such legislation here.
Religious beliefs about hierarchical gender roles can influence attitudes towards family and domestic violence. Shutterstock

New study finds family violence is often poorly understood in faith communities

Women experiencing family and domestic violence within faith communities can face attitudes and practices that encourage them to stay in relationships with their abusers.
Coercive control is a form of domestic violence based on a subtle but persistent form of emotional and psychological abuse. from shutterstock.com

Why Sally Challen’s appeal is not a win for women victims of coercive control

Advocates say the recent quashing of Sally Challen's murder conviction brought attention to a hidden feature of domestic violence. But it may have also painted Challen as an unstable woman.
The Sharks’ Ben Barba (centre) was sacked by his club after allegations he assaulted his partner. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Rugby league may finally have reached its tipping point on player behaviour and violence

NRL's culture was once one of hyper-masculinity, but it has failed to change wth societal mores – it now finds itself out of step and in need of reform.
The Hague Convention on child abduction was drafted to deal with fathers abducting their children across borders after losing custody, but it’s applied mainly to mothers fleeing domestic violence. from shutterstock.com

Fleeing family violence to another country and taking your child is not ‘abduction’, but that’s how the law sees it

Under international law, a mother escaping domestic violence with her children to another country is seen as an abductor. She is often ordered to return the child leading to catastrophic consequences.
A Victorian parliamentary committee has recommended that all serious police misconduct be investigated by a new independent police misconduct and corruption division within the IBAC. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

New body for complaints against police in Victoria is a good move, with some caveats

A complaints system in which police investigate themselves is hardly likely to instil confidence in communities where police are regarded as the problem rather than the solution.
In refusing to strike out Smith’s claim, the court has accepted that it is arguable police could owe a common law duty of care to specific victims of domestic violence to protect them from preventable harm. AAP/James Ross

Court opens door to domestic violence victim to sue police for negligence

A Victorian woman claims police were negligent in failing to prevent breaches of protection orders against her ex-partner – a case that may open up new legal avenues in domestic violence cases.
Joy Rowley’s 2011 murder has raised the question of whether a stand-alone offence of non-fatal strangulation would prevent the escalation of family violence. Supplied: Domestic Violence Victoria

Victorian government should be wary of introducing a stand-alone offence of non-fatal strangulation

A stand-alone offence of non-fatal strangulation would be difficult to prove and detract from the ways in which family violence victims are being failed in other policy areas.
Police at the scene in Ellenbrook, Western Australia, where the bodies of a mother and her two children were found. Her 19-year-old son has since been charged with their murder. AAP/Bohdan Warchomij

Explainer: what is parricide and how common is it in Australia?

The murder of a parent by their child, known as parricide, is a relatively uncommon form of family violence. We need to know much more about it to better understand and prevent it.

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