ACT 2nd implementation plan for domestic and family violence

The territory’s latest domestic and family violence response plan was launched on 17 August by Attorney-General Simon Corbell and Minister for Women Yvette Berry. It is the government’s second implementation plan to support its anti-domestic violence strategy and was designed after consultation with experts and the community.

http://www.theage.com.au/act-news/act-government-launches-latest-domestic-violence-response-plan-20150816-gj0hn7

ACT government responds to new Canberra domestic violence report with a call for increased awareness

Creating increased awareness of domestic and family violence in the Canberra community will help change attitudes and reduce risk from the issue, the ACT government has said. Responding to a new report from the Domestic Violence Prevention Council, Attorney-General Simon Corbell and Minister for Women Yvette Berry said more needed to be done to limit the high social, health, and economic costs of domestic violence, including sexual assault, in Canberra.

ACT domestic violence workers trained to better respond to technological abuse

On 8 August Women’s Minister Yvette Berry announced that frontline domestic violence workers in the ACT will be trained to protect women whose violent ex-partners have used technology to stalk, intimidate and harass them. The ACT government will provide $75,000 to the Women’s Services Network for a three-day course in November to help staff prevent technological abuse. More than 100 workers who take part in the training will also learn how to collect technological information that could be used as evidence against perpetrators in court.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-domestic-violence-workers-trained-to-better-respond-to-technological-abuse-20150806-gitnl1

Domestic Violence Orders on their own can make violence worse

ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey has warned some victims of violence may be placing themselves in danger if they rely solely on a court order for their protection.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/dvos-on-their-own-can-make-violence-worse-warns-victim-20150405-1m8bx4.html

Mother of three calls for stronger measures to protect victims of domestic violence

Living with the man who threatened to kill her felt safer for 28-year-old Canberra mother of three Kate than wondering what he might do if she left.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/mother-of-three-calls-for-stronger-measures-to-protect-victims-of-domestic-violence-20150406-1m6mv2.html

Justice system failing domestic violence victims: expert

The laws on domestic violence need to include “coercive control” to cover patterns of abusive behaviour, a Canberra academic says.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/justice-system-failing-domestic-violence-victims-expert-20150403-1m7xd4.html

Time for Tony Abbott to step up and tackle domestic violence in Australia

While awareness of domestic violence has grown over recent years, government responses to the regular murders, terror and harm inflicted on large numbers of (mostly) women and children each day remain cruelly inadequate.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/time-for-tony-abbott-to-step-up-and-tackle-domestic-violence-in-australia-20150401-1mcmfq.html

ACT government to strengthen domestic violence laws

The ACT government will strengthen laws to make it easier to prosecute domestic violence offenders.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-government-to-strengthen-domestic-violence-laws-20150401-1md2p1.html

Domestic violence law reforms a ‘knee-jerk reaction’, Canberra defence lawyers say

Bolstered domestic violence laws have been welcomed by victims of crime advocates while acknowledging there is more work to be done. But not everyone was in favour of the changes, with defence lawyers panning the reforms as a knee-jerk reaction that would not address the root cause of family violence.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/domestic-violence-law-reforms-a-kneejerk-reaction-canberra-defence-lawyers-say-20150403-1mdtfd.html

Domestic violence sufferers ‘unnecessarily re-victimised’ under ACT’s protection order laws

Domestic violence sufferers who seek protective court orders in the ACT are being unnecessarily victimised and subjected to similar power and control tactics experienced at the hands of their violent partners at home, a report has found.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/domestic-violence-sufferers-unnecessarily-revictimised-under-acts-protection-order-laws-20150330-1maqf8.html