ACT’s unique approach to Family Violence Orders

When there are allegations of family violence in the ACT, all couples must attempt mediation before a court will grant a permanent family violence order. The ACT Magistrates Court says that 95 per cent of family violence matters in the ACT are settled and only five per cent go before a magistrate for hearing. So how does this system work and why is it so successful?

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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

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