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DVRCV Advocate: Spring/Summer 2014

DVRCV Advocate: Spring/Summer 2014

DVRCV Advocate: Spring/Summer 2014

DVRCV Advocate Spring/Summer 2014

Read the latest DVRCV Advocate – the Spring/Summer 2014 edition of the magazine is now available.

Key features include:

  • Mandy McKenzie critically reviews Helen Garner’s new book 'House of Grief' on the trial of Robert Farquharson;
  • Catherine Plunkett reflects on the learnings from our recent forum on assessing and managing high risk in Trust and Safety, risks and opportunities;
  • Sarah McKenzie looks at the 'No More Deaths' campaign in the leadup to the state election;
  • Non-consensual sexting was the focus of a recent domestic violence technology summit in Sexting without consent - by Delainie Woodlock;
  • Agent of change: Vig Geddes speaks with Chief Commissioner Ken Lay about his new role advocating for women who have experienced family violence.

Trust and safety, risks and opportunities

The Victorian Government is funding 17 multi-agency programs to target families at high risk of harm due to family violence. DVRCV’s recent forum examined how these have worked in practice in the UK and in pilot programs in Victoria. Catherine Plunkett reviews the learnings from the forum.

Read the article: "Trust and safety, risks and opportunities" by Catherine Plunkett (PDF)

Setting the political agenda

Family violence is an election issue in Victoria this year, and the ‘No More Deaths’ campaign is setting the agenda for political parties to commit to meaningful action to prevent family violence deaths – by Sarah McKenzie.

Throwing away a safety net

The abolition of defensive homicide is a backward step in legal responses to domestic homicide in Victoria, according to researchers from DVRCV and Monash Uni – by Mandy McKenzie, Debbie Kirkwood & Danielle Tyson.

Voices against violence

Women with disabilities experience violence at higher rates than other women. A new research project in Victoria has provided these women a rare opportunity to speak out about their experiences – by Delanie Woodlock.

Addressing adolescent violence

Jo Howard led a recent study, which spoke to adolescents who used violence against family members, as well as parents and grandparents who were victims.

Sexting without consent

New legislation in Victoria has made non-consensual ‘sexting’ a criminal offence. A recent summit on domestic violence and technology in the US focused on the latest international developments in addressing the problem.

Agent of Change

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay has been a leading voice in addressing family violence. DVRCV’s executive officer Vig Geddes spoke to him about his views and motivations.

The scars of financial abuse

A new project by the Women’s Legal Service in Victoria will help women access specialised legal and financial remedies.

A cultural lens on family violence

InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence is leading the way in developing culturally appropriate strategies to prevent family violence.

Does gender still matter

With increasing focus on women’s diversity, a new Australian book explores whether gender is still relevant in discussions about domestic violence.

The only woman in the room

Reflections from a family violence advocate who decided to work with a men’s behaviour change program.

This House of Grief

Helen Garner’s new book is about the trial of Robert Farquharson, convicted of killing his three sons by driving them into a dam. In a review of the book, Mandy McKenzie argues it does little to further our understanding of why these killings occur. 

Read the article: "This house of grief" by Mandy McKenzie (PDF)

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