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COVID Restrictions Have Eased, But the Impact on Mental Health Continues

by Sonia Hickey
Now that the Covid -19 pandemic has settled, and while life might ‘appear’ to be returning to some sort of normality, it is far from ‘normal’ for hundreds of thousands of people across Australia – including those who remain homeless,...

New NSW Police Commissioner: All Talk, No Action

by Sonia Hickey
There is mounting pressure on newly appointed NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb to make good on her promises to reform the culture of unaccountability and lack of transparency within the force, including changes to support victims of domestic violence offences....

When Can Police Shoot to Kill?

by Sonia Hickey
Police in the Northern Territory have been accused of failing to provide important evidence in the criminal prosecution of a young Indigenous man they tasered and repeatedly shot earlier in Darwin on 8 March 2022.  The story so far Twenty...

NSW Police Needs Greater Transparency Around Domestic Violence, Says DVNSW’s Renata Field

by Paul Gregoire
Currently, there are at least six senior police officers, who’ve recently been found guilty of serious domestic violence offences, yet they’re continuing to serve on the NSW Police Force. Indeed, over 2018-21, 56 officers were charged with domestic violence offences and...

NSW Police Officers Keep Their Jobs Despite Having Domestic Violence Convictions

by Sonia Hickey
Newly appointed New South Wales Police Commissioner, Karen Webb, has faced significant criticism of the NSW Police Force’s ability – or, rather, inability – to respond promptly, fairly and properly to cases of domestic violence. Now, that criticism has been...

Will the Death of Hannah Clarke and Her Children Bring Real Change?

by Sonia Hickey
Last week, the Coronial Inquest into the death of Hannah Clarke and her three children – who burned to death after her estranged husband set the family car alight before killing himself was finalised after 9 days of hearings in...

‘The Slap’ – Would Criminal Charges Have Been Filed if it Happened in Australia?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
It’s the slap that has the world talking, debating, asking questions: Staged or unstaged? Justified or unjustified? Chauvinism at play or a family man just protecting his loved-one? A comedian just doing his job or a weasel that crossed the...

Is Failing to Disclose HIV/AIDS Status Before Sexual Intercourse a Criminal Offence?

by Sonia Hickey
A Sydney man has been found not guilty after being charged with failing to disclose his positive HIV status to a woman he had sexual intercourse with.  NSW Local Court magistrate Sharon Holdsworth heard the case in a closed courtroom,...

Criminal Conviction Recorded Against Child Over Brutal Attack

by Sonia Hickey
The New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal has reversed a judge’s decision not to record a conviction after a 15-year old teenage girl who pleaded guilty to charges including take and detain with the intention of obtaining an advantage,...

The Offence of Choking in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey
Former television personality Andrew O’Keefe has been charged and refused bail over an alleged assault of a woman at his home.  Mr O’Keefe has been accused of grabbing the woman by her by the throat, pushing her to the ground,...
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