ACT’s domestic violence services stretched as reports peak during holiday period

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 calls on PM Tony Abbott to reinstate community services

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.

Prime Minister announces Advisory panel on violence against women

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 breaks down domestic abuse stereotypes with her bravery over son Luke’s murder

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.

Launch of Domestic Violence Crisis Service Facebook page

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.”

Mother of murdered daughter supports White Ribbon Day

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.”

Culture of hostility to women leads to domestic violence, say police chiefs

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.

ACT domestic violence deaths set for review

Canberra Times article on 25 July 2014

ACT domestic violence deaths set for review.

Domestic violence deaths in ACT to be reviewed

ABC News article on 26 July 2014

Domestic violence deaths in ACT to be reviewed.

Rosie’s Story

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.