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New Payment Approved for Victims Fleeing Domestic Violence

by Sonia Hickey
A new support payment has been announced for victims fleeing abusive relationships. The one-off payment of $5,000 is a new and very welcome initiative, as authorities around the country grapple with the rapid increase in the number of domestic violence...

Watchdog Describes Conduct of NSW Police Towards Lawyer as ‘Disgraceful’

by Sonia Hickey
Officers from Strike Force Raptor have once again been slammed in a report by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC), this time for targeting, stalking and harassing a lawyer to prevent him from attending court to represent a motorcycle club...

The Offence of Contravening an Apprehended Violence Order in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The former deputy mayor of Auburn, Salim Majer, has found himself in hot water again, this time accused of contravening an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) taken out for the protection of his former-partner. Police applied for the AVO last year,...

Will My Case be Dismissed if the Alleged Victim Fails to Attend Court?

by Ugur Nedim
A question criminal defence lawyers are often asked is, will my criminal charges be thrown out of court if the complainant (also known as the ‘alleged victim’) fails to turn up to the defended hearing? Answering this question can raise...

Government’s Plan to Criminalise Cash Payments Has Been Defeated

by Sonia Hickey
When the Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019 was introduced to Parliament last year, it faced it’s fair share of media headlines, backlash and criticism. To the relief of many, the law is now officially dead after...

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...
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