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The Impact of Lockdowns on Australia’s Youth

by Sonia Hickey
Social isolation resulting from lockdowns, a lack of hope for the future and fear of the virus are fuelling anxiety and depression among Australian children and teenagers at alarming rates. Mental Health problems in young people The Royal Australian and...

‘Litany of Errors’ Enabled Man to Kill His Children, Coroner Finds

by Sonia Hickey
‘Systemic failures’ by the NSW Police, the Family Court System and the Firearms Registry cost two teenagers their lives in 2018 – deaths that the NSW Coroner has found were entirely ‘preventable.’ Jack Edwards aged 15, and his sister Jennifer,...

Domestic Violence Workers Plead for Adequate Funding

by Sonia Hickey
Frontline and support workers are pleading for government to provide sufficient funding for domestic violence services, after reporting the ‘worst year on record’ for family violence. Around the globe, domestic violence cases spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns last year...

2020: ‘Worst Year’ for Domestic Violence Offences

by Sonia Hickey
When lockdowns hit around the world earlier this year, most people were concerned about their jobs, worried about how to homeschool the kids, stressed about pasta and toilet paper shortages, and the absence of friends and families, along with all...

A “Shadow Pandemic”: COVID Leads to Rise in Domestic Violence Offences

by Jarryd Bartle
Since the start of the pandemic, concerns have been raised that a combination of household isolation due to lockdowns as well as work and financial stress could lead to a wave of domestic violence offences not just in our state,...

Should it Be a Crime to Exert ‘Coercive Control’ Over a Domestic Partner?

by Jarryd Bartle
In a move met with a mixed response from family violence experts, a law has been introduced into New South Wales parliament which aims to make it a criminal offence to isolate and control a domestic partner through coercive means....

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...

The Forgotten Third: Men Who Suffer Domestic Violence

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
By Sonia Hickey What if I told you that a friend turned up on my doorstep last night: bruised, covered in bite marks and scratches, shaking, and soaking wet from a long walk in the rain. A victim of domestic...

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