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Summer 2010 Quarterly

Summer 2010 Quarterly

The summer edition of our Quarterly Newsletter is out now.

Juggling demand, securing safety: an interview with Rose Solomon

Safe Steps [formerly the Womens Domestic Violence Crisis Service (WDVCS)] is Victoria’s 24-hour telephone service for women experiencing or escaping domestic violence. It has a vital coordinating role in the sector. This article is based on an interview with Rose Solomon, the crisis telephone coordinator at WDVCS. Rose discusses recent trends in the calls received and changes in the service system. Read the article in full on our blog.

Highlighting human rights: a strategy for domestic violence advocates

Chris Atmore argues that a human rights framework can be useful for feminists working against domestic violence. She outlines a number of cases where victims of domestic violence have successfully obtained assistance through human rights processes and courts.

Eminem and Rihanna: what are they telling us?

In July of this year the song ‘Love the Way You Lie’ made its first chart appearance, debuting at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sung by American rapper Eminem and pop singer Rihanna, it describes a violent and passionate relationship. Kiri Bear, DVRCV’s Partners in Prevention project coordinator, argues that we shouldn’t let Eminem and Rihanna teach young people about domestic violence.

Family law changes: DVRCV welcomes new Bill

Since the Howard government introduced family law reforms in 2006, DVRCV and other services have been raising concerns about how victims of violence are treated in family law. We therefore welcome some of the changes contained in the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010. This was released for public consultation by the federal attorney-general in November 2010. The amendments are in response to reports from the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Professor Richard Chisholm and the Family Law Council. These reports demonstrate that the current family law system is failing to adequately protect mothers and children from abusive ex-partners and fathers.

Defensive homicide: is it working?

In 2005, the Victorian Government made significant changes to the law by introducing the Crimes (Homicide) Act 2005. The offence of defensive homicide was established, which carries a lesser penalty than murder. At the same time, the defence of provocation was abolished. We do not want to see defensive homicide take the place of provocation in continuing to excuse men’s violence. However, at this stage it’s difficult to provide a definitive answer to the question of whether the defence should be abolished. It is too early to tell if the ‘safety net’ of the offence of defensive homicide is necessary because no female defendants who have experienced long-term domestic violence have been to trial under the new laws. Read a shorter version of this article in our blog.

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