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Tenancy reforms help women leave violence

By Lanie Tindale  Proposed NSW tenancy law reforms allowing domestic violence victims to end their tenancies immediately, has widespread support among politicians and domestic violence specialists.   These changes mean that domestic violence victims will be able to terminate their tenancy without penalty and will prevent them from being blacklisted by landlords because of property damage caused by an abusive partner. Senior solicitor Kellie McDonald […]

Violent feuds destroying families

BY JADE MORELLINI The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released its first comprehensive report, Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia 2018, which sheds light on the devastating truth behind violence in Australia. This report unites information from over 20 different major data sources to reveal a drastic increase in family and […]

Domestic disputes increase

BY ANNA FREELAND To meet a growing demand for youth family and domestic violence support services, Marrickville Legal Centre has for the first time employed a Youth and Family Violence Solicitor. With nine out of every ten clients under the age of 25 seeking domestic violence-related help, it is now the most common issue raised […]

Domestic Violence Rhymes With Silence

Bringing an uncomfortable subject out from behind closed doors, Redfern’s 107 Projects presents Rhymes With Silence, a collection of new short plays that grapple with the issue of domestic violence. Produced by Improvising Change - a production company that uses storytelling as a tool for social development - the thirteen plays contemplate interconnected themes of motherhood, […]

Sydney reclaims the night

Thousands of men, women and families are set to take the streets of Sydney next Friday on October 31 to rally against all forms of violence against women. The three main issues targeted in this year’s Reclaim the Night include gendered violence, the ramifications of rising Islamophobia against women and the closure of women’s refuges […]

Local film raises awareness about women’s homelessness

Bondi local Genna Chantelle Hayes is set to premiere her latest film, which delves into the plight of women’s homelessness in Sydney. Surviving Bug, directed and written by Hayes, follows the journey of a 17-year-old girl struggling to live on the streets after she finds she is pregnant. Ms Hayes said that filmmaking seemed like a […]

“Their fear is the removal of their children”

More Indigenous women die in domestic situations than ony other group, says Charmaigne Weldon, due to their fear of contacting police and social services. As a specialist Aboriginal worker at Sydney Women’s Domestic Court Advocacy Service, Ms Weldon should know. She also appears in Tidda’s Marumal: A Time to Heal a new video produced by […]

The forgotten violence victims

OPINION - Nicole Doughty On Saturday, a young woman in Melbourne’s suburbs died after an argument with her partner turned violent. This news may not have caught your attention, because on Saturday all eyes were focused on the tragic death of another young person from a violent assault: Daniel Christie, the latest victim of alcohol-fuelled […]

Work rights for violence victims

The City of Sydney has called upon the Local Government NSW to adopt a stronger position on providing paid leave and flexible work arrangements for victims of domestic violence. The entitlements are already in place at the City and some other councils around the state. But Labor councillor Linda Scott said more needed to be […]