Reducing Domestic Violence Homicides and Enhancing Perpetrator Accountability

Reducing Domestic Violence Homicides and Enhancing Perpetrator Accountability in Child Welfare Cases An article by Heather Shorten, MSW, LGSW Often in child welfare cases where child abuse and domestic violence are occurring, the only solution given to the victim is to leave the perpetrator.  This is often not her wish and may not be financially feasible.  In addition separating from the perpetrator does not guarantee safety. Therefore we must ask …

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Domestic and family violence and co-occurring mental health issues and addictions

Mrs Bronwyn Morris Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Like Mental Health. The plight of mothers as mentioned in the article entitled Domestic and family violence and co-occurring mental health issues and addictions: common stories in a reinforcing social system became evident during my 18- years working in a psychiatric dual diagnosis recovery centre in Queensland, Australia.  My roles in the centre progressed during this time from a live in mental health …

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Student nurses’ knowledge and attitudes towards domestic violence

Student nurses’ knowledge and attitudes towards domestic violence Oral presentation at Stop Domestic Violence Conference, Brisbane, 2016 Nurses, the largest group of health professionals have an important role in identifying people who are victims of domestic violence through screening and facilitating their access to assistance and support.  Although women who experience violence use health services more frequently, exposure to this violence is not always identified by health professionals.  The majority …

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The Efficacy of a Self-Help Program for Women Survivors of Domestic Violence

According to the Australian Personal Safety Survey (ABS, 2012), 16.9% of women (1,479,900) and 5% of men (448,000) have experienced violence from an intimate partner since the age of 15.  And 25% of women and 14% of men over the age of 18 have experienced emotional abuse from their intimate partner. Dr. Lenore Walker developed the Cycle of Violence diagram in 1979 to reflect the phases that consistently occur within …

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Overview of Domestic Violence Literature and Research

The review of the literature and research over time presents a developmental picture of the issues and understanding of Domestic Violence. Simple Phase Initially this was a simple process as a Moral/Legal model was used wherein breaking the law became a clear line to define that domestic abuse has occurred. Complex Phase Further research began to uncover more complex factors summarised as follows – Research design. Meta analysis and literature …

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Empowering Women, Empowering Lives – Post-Separation and Beyond

Empowering Women, Empowering Lives – Post-Separation and Beyond by Caryn Walsh Chair 2016 Stop The Violence Conference Organising Committee This article is an extract taken from her speech at the 2016 Stop The Violence Conference in Brisbane in December 2016 Significant focus and funding, both internationally and within Australia, remains on strategic measures to prevent (and reduce) the incidence, risks and impact of domestic violence on individuals, families, communities and societies …

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Collaboration and partnerships within an integrated response.

Gold Coast Police Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce – Collaboration and partnerships within an integrated response. Detective Inspector Marc Hogan, Queensland Police Service, Gold Coast District Domestic and Family Violence Task Force. The Queensland Police Service (QPS) Gold Coast Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce commenced on 15 January 2016. The Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth largest city serviced by over 850 police officers performing generals and specialist duties. The taskforce …

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