National Domestic Violence Order Scheme

Victims of domestic violence who have taken out apprehended violence orders will no longer be unprotected when they cross state borders from Saturday 25 November 2017, as a national database of restraining order information across Australia begins operation. All Family Violence Orders (FVOs – sometimes called DVOs) issued from thenare automatically nationally recognised and enforceable.

For more information visit the Courts ACT website: http://www.courts.act.gov.au/magistrates/courts/protection/How-to-register-an-order-from-another-State,-Territory-or-New-Zealand-in-the-ACT

ACT Violence Prevention Awards 2017

The ACT Violence Prevention Awards, which recognise exemplary work being done in the ACT community, were announced at a special celebration on 27 November. Congratulations to all the winners including DVPC members John Hinchey, Robyn Martin (Beryl Women) and Mirjana Wilson (DVCS)!

The ACT Community Sector Award:
Beryl Women Inc
Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Association ACT

The Education Award:
DVCS
Highly Commended: PCYC

The Workplace and Business Award:
Assistance Beyond Crisis
John Hinchey
The Media and Communications Award:
Juliet Moody

16 Days of Activism Event

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign that works to raise awareness about violence against women and the impact this violence causes to a woman’s well-being.  The campaign runs from 25 November, the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women to 10 December, the International Human Rights Day.  Both these days highlight that violence against women and children is an abuse of human rights.

The DVPC jointly with the Domestic Violence Crisis Service hosted a Lunch and Panel discussion on 24 November about How to promote the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign in Canberra and Beyond, and is showcasing local ACT initiatives as part of an awareness raising campaign on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/DVPCCanberra/

Final DVPC Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence

The Domestic Violence Prevention Council contributed  a submission to the ACT Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence—Policy approaches and responses, being conducted by the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety.

Final DVPC Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence

Domestic violence victim says lack of protections allowed ex to be ‘Teflon man’ with no consequences

‘Anne’ separated from her husband after a decade of physical and emotional abuse, only to find a lack of protections for victims of domestic violence allowed her ex-partner to continue to threaten, harass and abuse her from afar. View the full article here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-19/domestic-violence-victim-calls-for-greater-online-protections/9132658