With such a huge number of people living with a history of rape or sexual assault, it is astonishing that many services remain somewhat insensitive to the additional needs of these patient's obstetric or gynaecological care. Unfortunately, for many people undertaking routine sexual health checks, attending fertility clinics, having their antennal reviews or delivering their… Continue reading Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care
Did you know that the Not Now, Not Ever report into family and domestic violence recommended new legislative provisions for information sharing between government and non-government agencies? These changes are designed to improve the safety of victims of domestic and family violence and better hold perpetrators to account (recommendation 78). Information sharing amendments to the Domestic… Continue reading Not Now, Not Ever
If you struggle to understand the complexities of family and domestic violence legislation, you aren't alone - for many people living with violence in their intimate relationships, it can feel too hard to understand the system to reach out and get help. So, congratulations to the Queensland Courts website for putting together this series of… Continue reading Domestic Violence and the Queensland Court system
Well to be honest, DV offenders don't look much different to anyone else - and they might be living very near you. This is a very uncomfortable and confronting video from men who were previously violent towards their partners but have gone through offender programs and now want to change the culture of violence. We… Continue reading Who are the perpetrators of domestic violence?
It makes me so angry to see great services pushed beyond their limits then criticised because they aren't doing a good enough job. And then, just to make things worse, the same services are left in a position where their funding is threatened. And who loses? Vulnerable people - mostly women and children - who… Continue reading Rape and DV crisis service on the line
I really appreciated this article which justifiably criticises the persistently abominable way in which violence and abuse (particularly against women and children) is portrayed in the media. The abuse of vulnerable people should never EVER be an opportunity for media clickbait and titillation. Until the media and our society takes this issue seriously, we are… Continue reading Violence and the media