“Let me tell you, there are people dying and people whose lives are absolutely ruined as a result of domestic violence and, what’s more, we are all, as a society, the victim.” – David Morrison – 2016 Australian of the Year – FEBRUARY 1, 2017 – ABC Q & A
MAY 2, 2017 – THE AGE
Victorian state budget 2017-18: Areas of high family violence to get safety and support hubs.
More than a quarter of the Andrews government’s $1.9 billion family violence package announced in Tuesday’s budget will go to funding specialist centres, the majority of which will not be completed until the second half of the next four-year term.
The 17 safety and support hubs will be built in areas with the highest rate of family violence at a cost of $448 million.
April 19, 2017 – The Age
A report reveals the horrifying toll of violence against women and girls.
Almost 6300 women and girls were hospitalised because of assault in 2013-14, for a rate of 56 cases per 100,000 population.
Janine Mahoney, former chairwoman of Domestic Violence Victoria, said it was critically important that governments take notice of these reports.
Ms Mahoney also said that the number of women and girls assaulted in Australia each year was “far greater, far greater than what’s coming to light” in documented reports.
“It makes me fear for how many women and children are experiencing not just physical assault, but the many other varied forms of family violence in the home that are going unreported,” she said.
MARCH 31, 2016 – Herald-Sun Australia
TAKE A STAND – TIME FOR ACTION – 227 WAYS TO END FAMILY VIOLENCE
MARCH 30, 2016 – The state government releases the Royal Commission findings – 227 recommendations for combating family violence, pledging to adopt everyone of them.
MAY 14, 2015 – As part of our Take A Stand campaign, the Herald-Sun details the horrific cases of four men convicted in the previous 2 weeks of killing their partners, including Rekiah O’Donnell, shot in the head, Cathy Browning, stabbed 15 times.
JANUARY 26, 2015 – Rosie Batty is announced as Australian of the Year in recognition of her campaigning on Family Violence. She continues to speak publicly about her experiences in order to raise public awareness and advocate for change.
DECEMBER 2014 – Newly elected Labour Government establishes the Royal Commission into family violence and installs Fiona Richardson as Australia’s first Minister for Family Violence.
FEBRUARY 12, 2014 – 11 year old Luke Batty is bashed to death by father Greg Anderson, who had a history of domestic violence and who was estranged from Luke’s mother Rosie, several failings by police, agencies and the court system are subsequently exposed.
2014 – Family violence becomes a state election issues with the Coalition introducing Carla’s Law to lift bans on the reporting of those convicted of IVO breaches, in response to the Take A Stand campaign and Labor pledging to set up a royal commission.
JULY 22, 2013 – Victoria’s most powerful men at the time – Premier Denis Napthine, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner – Ken Lay, AFL Chief – Andrew Demetriou and Lord Mayor – Robert Doyle – unite to back the Herald-Sun – Take A Stand Campaign to tackle family violence advocating that men must take responsibility for what is predominately a male issue. The campaign instigates unprecedented coverage of the complex issues around family violence over almost three years.