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COVID-19: Sweeping Changes to Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) Procedures

by Mariecar Capili
As COVID-19 continues to impact on the community, the Chief Magistrate of the Local Court NSW, Judge Graeme Henson continues to make new arrangements to protect court users. The latest arrangements relate to Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) and will start...

The Offence of Stalking or Intimidation in NSW

by Ugur Nedim
It has been reported that 30-year old, retiring South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL star Sam Burgess has been charged with stalking or intimidation with intent to cause fear of physical or mental harm over an incident at around 4pm on Saturday,...

Are Male Victims of Domestic Violence Overlooked?

by Sonia Hickey
Twenty-two year old Alex Skeel was found bruised, bloodied and close to death when discovered by police in the flat he shared with his partner Jordan Worth, the mother of his children. Ms Worth told officers her boyfriend suffered from...

Ben Barba May Be Banned for Life after Being Accused of Domestic Violence

by Sonia Hickey
The NRL top brass have been taking an increasingly tough stance on players accused of criminal offences in recent times. Now, CEO Todd Greenberg has announced that star player Ben Barba faces a life-long ban from the game after being...

Preventing Violence Against Women: An Interview With Girl Geek Academy’s Sarah Moran

by Paul Gregoire
Last year, 69 women were killed violently across Australia. This brings the murdered women death toll in this country since 2012 to 506, according to Counting the Dead Women Australia project researchers from gender equality group Destroy the Joint. And in the overwhelming...

Sixty Nine Australian Women Killed Last Year in Domestic Attacks

by Paul Gregoire
Carla Hales was killed with an axe in her home in the Perth suburb of Munster on 28 December last year. The 30-year-old woman was hacked to death by Jesse de Beaux, an unknown assailant, who’d was released from a nearby...

Woman Commences Private Prosecution After Police Refuse to Charge her Alleged Attacker

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A Queensland woman has decided to launch a private criminal prosecution against her former partner after police refused to charge him over an incident where he allegedly brought a can of petrol into their home, doused her with petrol and...

Your Domestic Violence Leave Entitlements

by Zeb Holmes & Ugur Nedim
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) introduced unpaid domestic violence leave earlier this year, changing the workplace entitlements of millions of workers on modern awards. From the first full pay period on or after 1 August 2018, these employees were given...

Betrayed Domestic Violence Victim Sues Police

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The woman whose address was disclosed by a Queensland police officer to her abusive former partner is fighting the state government in court. Domestic violence victim ‘Julie’ commenced legal proceedings after a policeman accessed her personal details on the police...

Defendants in Domestic Violence Cases Prohibited from Questioning Complainants

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
Currently, self-represented litigants in the Family Court are permitted to cross-examine opponents, even in circumstances where there has been an allegation of domestic violence. However, the Turnbull government has drafted laws aimed at stopping this. Australian attorney general Christian Porter...
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