The Executive Director of ACT’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service talked about a jump in demand for support services in December and January, with the service’s four-month “peak season” began in November.
Australian of the Year Rosie Batty has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to reinstate lost funding to community services after cuts made in last year’s budget.
On 29 January the Prime Minister announced he had established an Advisory Panel on violence against women. Retiring Victorian Police Commissioner Mr Ken Lay APM, and the 2015 Australian of the Year, Ms Rosie Batty, have agreed to be the founding members of the panel.
He also announced that building on the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, the Commonwealth will seek the agreement of all states and territories to prioritise the implementation of a national Domestic Violence Order (DVO) scheme. Under the scheme, if a protection order is issued in one state, it will apply in all states. Work on a national DVO scheme commenced in 2014 and it must be a priority for COAG.
He also announced that development of national standards for how to intervene against perpetrators and hold them accountable will also be a priority, and that COAG will consider the enactment of a national approach to dealing with online safety and the misuse of technology, to protect women against newer forms of abuse.
Rosie Batty’s Australian of the Year title would elevate the issue of domestic violence across the country – helping dispel the myth that it only happened in certain families, socio-economic groups or cultures, according to the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service.
The Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT (DVCS) has announced the launch of their new Facebook page in conjunction with White Ribbon Day on Tuesday 25 November 2014. The Domestic Violence Crisis Service Facebook page will be live on Monday evening and can be found at:
“Domestic Violence in our community is very real. It is something the majority of people consider a private issue. However, it is not. It is an issue our community needs to take responsibility for and do something about” says Executive Director, Mirjana Wilson. “So far this year 57 women have lost their lives to domestic violence within Australia. At the commencement of this year the average was 52, or one per week. This is too many.”
“It is important for people to remember domestic violence does not discriminate and there is no “typical” person effected by domestic violence. We provide assistance to anyone within the ACT regardless of age, gender, race, culture, gender orientation or religion.
We are excited to launch our Facebook page and thought it appropriate to coincide the launch with White Ribbon Day next Tuesday. Our Facebook page is another platform to provide general information about our services and other services in and around the ACT. We are also keen to engage with the younger generation and are hoping this will be a medium suited to that engagement. We do not intend for it to replace face to face or telephone crisis work, simply another method of getting us out into our community.” Mirjana says. “Our crisis workers are excellent at their job and take great pride in knowing they are contributing to the community around them. Our crisis workers provide crisis support, in often difficult situations.”
In addition to crisis support, DVCS are able to assist with emergency accommodation due to domestic violence, assist with the applying of a Domestic Violence Order, ongoing Court case tracking (when criminal charges have been made against the person using violence), support groups and ongoing referrals.
“We are particularly interested in increasing our support groups and hope our Facebook page might be an alternate way for people to obtain information as to what support groups are available. Most importantly, we want people to understand that domestic violence is a very real issue that we must take action against. We encourage people to contact us via our crisis line on 6280 0900 to seek support and advice. Often taking the first step is the hardest, and we appreciate that.”
Sharon Bell, the mother of murdered Canberra woman Paula Conlon has joined ACT Policing to support the Men in Uniform Stalls (Saturday November 22) urging the community to ‘Stand up, speak out, and break the cycle of family violence’. Paula Conlon was murdered in March 2012 by her partner.
Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers — a White Ribbon Ambassador — said that “supporting the efforts of the White Ribbon Foundation through the Men in Uniform partnership is an important community engagement, delivering a clear message that police will not tolerate family violence, and nor should the community.”
In this article Australia’s police commissioners have identified “vulgar and violent attitudes towards women” as a key cultural cause of unacceptably high rates of family violence and say it will not stop until men’s attitudes change. They have urged victims to report assaults to police. The article includes a comment by Australian Capital Territory chief police officer, Rudi Lammers.
Canberra Times article on 25 July 2014
ACT domestic violence deaths set for review.
ABC News article on 26 July 2014
Domestic violence deaths in ACT to be reviewed.
ABC Four Corners interview on 14 July 2014
Interview with the mother of Luke Batty who was murdered by his father:
Rosie’s Story, reported by Geoff Thompson and presented by Kerry O’Brien.
Domestic violence in the Media
- Canberra MLA, Bec Cody reveals her story about being a DV survivorAugust 23, 2019 - 1:20 pm
- Changes to the Safer Families Grants Program allow easier access to grants of up to $2,000 for people who have experienced domestic and family violence.November 20, 2018 - 2:00 pm
- We need to ‘see’ kids impacted by domestic violenceNovember 6, 2018 - 2:04 pm
- Access to restorative justice expanded to victims of family violence and sexual offencesNovember 5, 2018 - 10:42 am
- ACT’s unique approach to Family Violence OrdersMarch 2, 2018 - 2:13 pm
- ACT Violence Prevention Awards 2017November 28, 2017 - 11:24 am
- ACT 2nd implementation plan for domestic and family violenceAugust 27, 2015 - 4:33 pm
- ACT government responds to new Canberra domestic violence report with a call for increased awarenessAugust 13, 2015 - 2:50 pm
- ACT domestic violence workers trained to better respond to technological abuseAugust 13, 2015 - 2:48 pm
- Domestic Violence Orders on their own can make violence worseApril 7, 2015 - 1:40 pm
DVPC reports and submissions
This section contains Submissions, research reports, and other papers prepared by the Domestic Violence Prevention Council relating to domestic violence.
- DVPC Extraordinary Meeting Report 2018October 12, 2018 - 9:35 am
- Final DVPC Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety Inquiry into Domestic and Family ViolenceNovember 20, 2017 - 12:03 pm
- ACT Domestic and Family Violence Data Collection Project ReportSeptember 12, 2017 - 11:03 am
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Forum: Domestic and Family Violence forumJune 19, 2017 - 1:11 pm
- Review of Domestic and Family Violence Deaths in the ACTJune 19, 2017 - 1:02 pm
Events and Consultations
The Domestic Violence Prevention Council works to raise public awareness of the issues involved with domestic violence. Following are the details of upcoming events and details about past activities.
- Addressing the needs of children and young people impacted by family violenceMarch 7, 2018 - 2:39 pm
- 16 Days of Activism EventNovember 28, 2017 - 11:21 am
- Seminar – Working with Perpetrators of Domestic ViolenceNovember 23, 2014 - 8:23 am
- Latest DVPC ConsultationsNovember 22, 2014 - 10:09 pm
- Seminar – The financial impacts and costs on women living with and leaving domestic violenceOctober 29, 2014 - 10:06 am
Follow the links to find out more about the ACT and National Plans, and to relevant websites, research and publications.
- Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022August 23, 2019 - 1:22 pm
- New AIHW Report on family, domestic and sexual violenceMarch 2, 2018 - 2:08 pm
- National Domestic Violence Order SchemeNovember 28, 2017 - 11:25 am
- Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022November 6, 2014 - 10:13 am
- ACT Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children Strategy 2011-2017October 29, 2014 - 10:18 am