28
Feb 18

Why we must be vigilant: Creating Child Safe Organisations

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has shone a light on the systematic abuse of children, highlighting the importance of continuous review and improvement of child safe systems and culture. With over 400 recommendations made calling for sweeping reforms, the Commission has insisted that more needs to be done to ensure … Continue reading Why we must be vigilant: Creating Child Safe Organisations

27
Jul 17

Working with adolescent boys who have witnessed domestic violence and are using violence against their mothers

Author:Dave Burck

Research indicates that adolescents who use violence against their mothers are at higher risk to use violence in future relationships. Moreover, young people who have both witnessed domestic violence and are currently using violence towards their mothers are the highest risk to use violence as an adult. However, working with young people and mothers with … Continue reading Working with adolescent boys who have witnessed domestic violence and are using violence against their mothers

06
Jul 17

Investing in child-centred approaches to end family violence

In Australia, 25% of all children have been exposed to domestic violence. That figure is horrifying, particularly when you start to understand the impacts on the children themselves and on our community as a whole. Exposure to violence can trigger ongoing fear, grief and self-blame. It can lead to detachment from others and disengagement from … Continue reading Investing in child-centred approaches to end family violence

22
Jun 17

Multi-sensory approaches to boosting child visibility in work with men

Multi-sensory work involves talking to the eyes, not just the ears. Through using multisensory tools, the family violence worker increases the presence of the child without them being physically present. As the child’s focus is externalised, the worker and the father have a discussion that is often twice as long and twice as deep when … Continue reading Multi-sensory approaches to boosting child visibility in work with men

31
Mar 17

Women in Leadership QLD: When engaging the community is your only option

What do you do when your organisation is at threat of losing funding and the service you provide is at the frontline of tackling domestic violence? The answer is you innovate, take risks and engage with the community in a way that not only responds to their needs, but also makes the community a part … Continue reading Women in Leadership QLD: When engaging the community is your only option

15
Dec 16

Alcohol and drug use exacerbate family violence and can be dealt with

Peter Miller, Deakin University and Richelle Mayshak, Deakin University Domestic violence is a widely discussed issue in Australia. However, many narratives fail to acknowledge the impact of alcohol and illicit substances on the prevalence and severity of domestic violence. They also fail to adequately describe the complexity of violence that occurs within families. A new … Continue reading Alcohol and drug use exacerbate family violence and can be dealt with

29
Nov 16

Domestic violence also has an economic penalty – we need to tackle it

Jane Bullen, UNSW Australia and Natasha Cortis, UNSW Australia While Australia has a national conversation on domestic violence, some of the harms of this violence remain in the shadows. The ways violence degrades women’s financial status and access to economic resources are particularly poorly recognised. Our research provides evidence for what many domestic violence practitioners … Continue reading Domestic violence also has an economic penalty – we need to tackle it

25
Nov 16

Join me to do more than just talk about men’s violence

After years of our sector working together to prevent violence, this year we’ve seen how the public understanding has started to accept just how prevalent violence against women and children is in our communities. Now is the time for us to create a plan of action, and do more than just talk about men’s violence.  … Continue reading Join me to do more than just talk about men’s violence