Media wrapup: 29 Sept - 12 Oct 2010
A fortnightly summary of domestic violence in local, national and international news, popular culture and opinion.
Crisis Service workers profiled
Jen, Judy, Tilly and Cathy, survivor advocates from the Women's Domestic Violence Crisis Service share their stories and talk about football and changing attitudes to domestic violence. 1 October 2010 The Age:
Beyond the make believe, they firmly believe football can be an agent of change in society.
New national phone counselling service launched: 1800 RESPECT
A new 24 hour phone service for people who have experienced or are at risk of physical or sexual violence was launched by the Federal Government. It is staffed by professional counsellors who offer information, advice and referrals to relevant local services. Workers and counsellors in isolated and remote areas who work with victims of physical or sexual violence can also call 1800 RESPECT to access clinical supervision, advice and debriefing services. 5 October 2010 The Age:
Federal Minister for the Status of Women Kate Ellis said, "It will be embracing technology, so that people have another option and can use online counselling in the months ahead, which we know is a way some people feel more comfortable, more anonymous in putting forward the way that they are feeling and seeking advice going forward."
"Urban Indigenous women overlooked in anti-violence strategy"
Antoinette Braybrook, CEO of the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service, said that the service's research shows significant urban disadvantage for Aboriginal victims, survivors of violence and sexual assault. 3 October 2010 ABC News:
She says new funding would allow the provision of legal representation to victims, education in communities to raise awareness and prevention programs.
My lie: a true story of a false memory
Meredith Maran was a journalist covering the issue of child sexual abuse in the 1980s, when she started to remember that she too had been a victim of incest. 7 October 2010 ABC Radio Late Night Live (The audio is available for download or streaming):
After sessions with therapists, she told her family that her father had sexually abused her. But after several years, her faith in her memories faltered...
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