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‘Tsunami’ of women seeking legal help and services can’t keep up

‘Tsunami’ of women seeking legal help and services can’t keep up

Women’s legal centres have renewed their call for an extra $25 million a year in federal funding, saying they cannot keep up with the flood of mostly domestic violence victims seeking specialist help.

  • by Katina Curtis

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‘We have to take responsibility’: NSW Police commissioner says the force failed Edwards children

‘We have to take responsibility’: NSW Police commissioner says the force failed Edwards children

Mick Fuller says the force must take responsibility for the shooting deaths of Jack and Jennifer Edwards at the hands of their violent father, John.

  • by Angus Thompson and Daniella White
The family that we failed: coroner calls for action over deaths of Jack and Jennifer Edwards

The family that we failed: coroner calls for action over deaths of Jack and Jennifer Edwards

They were shot dead by their abusive father despite many requests for help from legal authorities.

  • by Daniella White
Date set for women’s summit to ‘stop the rot’ of domestic violence

Date set for women’s summit to ‘stop the rot’ of domestic violence

Anne Ruston and her state counterparts have agreed on July dates for the summit to shape a new national plan to prevent violence against women and children.

  • by David Crowe
‘Multiple agencies’ failed to prevent John Edwards from killing his children, inquest finds

‘Multiple agencies’ failed to prevent John Edwards from killing his children, inquest finds

The NSW Coroner has recommended that the lawyer who represented the children gunned down by their father should be investigated for disciplinary action.

  • by Harriet Alexander
Women say ‘I have to have sex to keep us safe’: Call for Medicare-funded family violence plans

Women say ‘I have to have sex to keep us safe’: Call for Medicare-funded family violence plans

As family violence rates hit record highs in Victoria, GPs say there is urgent need for 10-session family safety management plans to be funded under Medicare.

  • by Wendy Tuohy
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Proposed English test a hurdle for migrants escaping violent partners

Proposed English test a hurdle for migrants escaping violent partners

A proposal to require migrants on partner visas to pass an English language test before obtaining permanent residency could make it harder for victims of domestic violence to seek help, submissions to a government consultation warn.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
‘A rot in society’: Ruston proposes ‘much more ambitious’ plan to tackle violence against women

‘A rot in society’: Ruston proposes ‘much more ambitious’ plan to tackle violence against women

The Morrison government is planning to widen the scope of a three-year deal with the states, naming financial and coercive control of women as areas for greater action.

  • by David Crowe
Tougher penalties for family violence among new recommendations

Tougher penalties for family violence among new recommendations

A parliamentary report into violence against women has made 88 recommendations and says past policies have failed to produce sustained results.

  • by David Crowe
‘Still very much a state emergency’: What family violence statistics tell us

‘Still very much a state emergency’: What family violence statistics tell us

The final piece in our series on family violence examines the data, the trends and what the experts say it all means.

  • by Rachael Dexter
When women earn more than their male partners, domestic violence risk goes up 35 per cent

When women earn more than their male partners, domestic violence risk goes up 35 per cent

Ground-breaking Australian research also shows as soon as women earn more than half a couple’s income they face a 20 per cent increase in the chance of suffering from emotional abuse.

  • by Shane Wright