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Domestic violence orders against Queensland police officers double in 2015

Updated December 14, 2015 20:02:34

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The quantity of Queensland police officers subject to domestic violence orders (DVOs) has far more than doubled in a year, outstripping the improve in the wider neighborhood.

Figures obtained under Right to Info by the ABC showed that in 2015, so far 50 officers have had DVOs taken out against then, up from 24 in 2014 and 20 in 2013.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart stated it was a “sadly a reflection of our own neighborhood, that is been proven time and time again”.

“We have extremely, very robust requirements about this and we deal with these on a case-by-case basis,” he mentioned.

Police officers were prohibited by law from carrying a firearm while subject to a DVO, which meant they have been properly deskbound.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers stated even though he in no way condoned domestic violence, he mentioned given the impact on an officer’s career by being taken off the road he believed some partners had been making use of DVOs as leverage in partnership breakdowns.

“Tragically what I do see throughout society is some folks will misuse the domestic violence legislation for their own personal gains,” he said.

Mr Leavers also blamed the boost in DVOs, in portion, on the psychological effect of policing.

“I was at an information session on post-traumatic anxiety and what it essentially says is most police [officers]with 5 years or a lot more service have some form of post-traumatic stress,” he mentioned.

“That destroys relationships and that could, or could not, lead to domestic violence.”

Even with doubling of the DVOs against police officers, the rate was about half of that of the wider neighborhood.

Police statistics showed there have been 25,661 DVOs taken out in Queensland in 2014/15, which was up 6.two per cent on the year ahead of at 24,155.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stated the increase was not necessarily a undesirable factor.

“The awareness that’s happening out there in the media is generating folks report and that is a great point since they are obtaining the assist that they require,” Ms Palaszczuk mentioned.

At last week’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, Ms Palaszczuk committed to hosting a national domestic violence summit in Queensland towards the finish of subsequent year.

Topics: police, domestic-violence, activism-and-lobbying, household-law, family, qld

First posted December 14, 2015 20:01:18

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Christmas cards hung outdoors Parliament to mark 78 domestic violence deaths

Updated December 11, 2015 19:34:17

A string of 78 Christmas cards was hung on the lawns of Parliament Property today — a single card for every Australian woman who will not commit this Christmas with loved ones as the outcome of domestic violence.

The symbolic gesture was element of a rally calling for greater Government action to curb domestic violence.

At the rally, attended by about one hundred people, organisers named on the Federal Government to boost lengthy-term funding for frontline crisis services, transitional housing and specialist legal solutions for females.

YWCA executive director Frances Crimmins mentioned her organisation was also calling for greater help for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls, who are 45 instances a lot more likely to encounter violence than non-indigenous ladies.

“Violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is not an Indigenous issue, but an Australian issue,” she stated.

“And the response to support our Indigenous sisters has not been adequate to date.”

‘We mourn that we as a society did not do more’

Rally against domestic violence at Parliament House Photo: About 100 folks gathered to remember the females who died this year. (ABC News: Greg Nelson)

Canberra mother-of-three Tara Costigan was a single of the 78 Australian women killed this year as a result of domestic violence, whose names have been read out at the rally.

Sabah al Mdwali, 28, of Gordon, was yet another.

“We mourn that we as a society did not do a lot more to stop this violence and to save their lives,” Ms Crimmins stated.

“I would like to acknowledge the Destroy the Joint counting dead women researchers for undertaking the important perform of collecting their detail and recording these deaths so that the situation of violence against ladies is brought additional into the open.”

Labor MP Andrew Lee, who attended the rally, thanked Australian of Year Rosie Batty, whose young son Luke Batty died as a result of family members violence, for her tireless work to draw consideration to the concern.

He mentioned Federal Parliament was now talking about family members violence for the first time in a way in which it ought to be talked about.

“That hasn’t happened due to the fact … politicians stepped up and decided it mattered,” he stated.

“It’s happened due to the fact of an extraordinary community campaign.

“Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year has not only purchased vital issues into Australia public life, but has worked to redefine the function of an Australian of the Year.”

Topics: domestic-violence, neighborhood-and-society, government-and-politics, federal-government, parliament, federal-parliament, canberra-2600, act, australia

1st posted December 11, 2015 19:09:39

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‘I feel like a monster’: Inside a NT domestic violence workshop

Posted November 27, 2015 12:37:21

people draw on a whiteboard Photo: Participants draw throughout an exercising about identifying the source of their anger. (105.7 ABC Darwin: Emilia Terzon)

Holding brightly coloured textas, males of all ages approached the echoing boardroom’s whiteboard and were asked to boost a cartoon figurine of an angry man.

For a single participant the addition was a blue spear for an additional, red smoke erupting from his ears.

Standing in front of the group, the only lady present then clutched her lower stomach and pointed at a glowing red mark on the cartoon man’s belly.

“I am a Warlpiri lady,” Moogie Patu, Family members Violence workshop facilitator, mentioned to the guys.

“So, for me, the anger comes from deep down there. Where does yours come from?”

Held across five days in remote Indigenous communities, the Northern Territory’s Department of Corrections workshops seek to teach offenders how to cease hurting these closest to them — siblings, husbands, mothers and, most generally, girlfriends and wives.

flashcards demonstrating violence Photo: Flash cards shown to workshop participants. (105.7 ABC Darwin: Emilia Terzon)

The Territory’s domestic violence prices are among the highest in the nation, with about three,700 incidents in the past 12 months and Indigenous girls particularly at danger.

It is a difficulty by no implies isolated to Aboriginal communities, however the Indigenous workshops aim to rehabilitate offenders with culturally proper teachings that address typical violence triggers.

The ABC was offered access to one particular of these workshops held for eight guys in an unidentified Arnhem Land neighborhood.

‘She had a broken elbow and bruised ribs’

After identifying the source of their anger on the whiteboard’s cartoon man, participants anonymously shared their violence triggers, such as substance abuse and jealousy.

“The incident occurred when I was drunk,” Peter (name changed) stated.

“I went to the nearby club and had about 30 cans.

“Following the club I started speaking nonsense to my missus. I had jealousy. I began throwing punches and 15 minutes later the cops came about and locked me up.”

When asked by the ABC about his ex-partner’s resulting injuries, Peter initially mentioned: “Not that negative.”

But when pressed for additional particulars, the young man eventually admitted his crime was so extreme that he ended up in Darwin prison for a number of months and his ex-companion was admitted to hospital.

“She had a broken elbow and bruised ribs. It was quite negative,” he said.

As a single of the program’s Territory-wide facilitators, Ms Patu is tasked with confronting offenders and difficult entrenched attitudes that see guys across Australia victim-blame or play down their crimes.

a woman stands in front of a table of people Photo: Moogie Patu begins her workshops with the statement: “We’re not right here to blame.” (105.7 ABC Darwin: Emilia Terzon)

Ms Patu, a member of the Stolen Generations, stated the blame in the end laid on offenders, nonetheless she added it was crucial to understand the disadvantage experienced by a lot of men and women in remote communities.

On the second morning of the Arnhem Land workshop, one participant admitted to Ms Patu that he was looking forward to her sessions due to the fact it meant he could have a cup of tea and one thing nice to eat.

I feel like a monster. I feel like a mindless beast just operating through almost everything. But a lot of paranoid men and women they do that. We never know what they’re considering.

Domestic violence offender

Other folks shared stories about increasing up with violent role models — a threat factor that sees some individuals continue a generational cycle of violence.

“My father was a violent individual. He utilized to fight with my mother when I was little and I used to witness that. I told myself not to be like him,” Greg (name changed) mentioned.

“When I take the grog, I’m a reflection of my father, and I hate that.

“I feel like a monster. I really feel like a mindless beast just operating via everything.

“But a lot of paranoid folks they do that. We do not know what they’re thinking. They just hit their wives to show them who’s the boss as an alternative of demonstrating to the boxing bag.”

‘We’re not here to blame’

Ms Patu always starts her workshops with a pointed sentence: “We’re not right here to blame.”

Her workshop exercises consist of discussions about substance abuse, mental wellness, anger management workouts and games of Chinese whispers to show how rumours can escalate in a little neighborhood.

There is small concentrate on gender roles in the program that could challenge men’s views about girls.

Ms Patu said she normally saw a mentality shift in participants as the days progressed.

a man's hands Photo: “Guys are stronger than ladies and I reckon [my wife] was terrified.” — Greg (105.7 ABC Darwin: Emilia Terzon)

“I blame myself due to the fact I did the swinging,” mentioned Greg on the fourth day.

“I hit my wife. [The] fault is mine. I am going to get back up and walk, till I get every thing correct.”

Other males displayed remorse, but when asked no matter whether they felt confident about putting the workshop’s lessons into daily practice, they have been unsure.

“I am still scared that I may possibly do anything bad,” Peter stated.

“I’ve heard all this stuff ahead of from my household, my dad, my uncle, my grandfathers. The complete loved ones. This plan that we do inside is the exact same issue that occurs outside.

“We do this system that they tell us in [our] language. Right here we do it in English. It really is a bit tricky.”

Division does not have recidivism information

The program’s manager, Desmond Campbell, mentioned the program was changing attitudes but there was not sufficient Division of Corrections information to establish if the system actually stopped reoffending.

“The way it is set out now, it is a little difficult to see the reoffending in terms of violence. We want to drill down a lot more in recording recidivism,” Mr Campbell stated.

drawing on a piece of paper Photo: System manager Desmond Campbell concedes “we can only go so far”. (105.7 ABC Darwin: Emilia Terzon)

The workshop was once an eight-day plan but in current years has been reduce back to five, and there are only sufficient resources to hold 1 or two workshops a year in the Territory’s bigger Indigenous communities such as Wurrimiyanga, Gunbalanya or Maningrida.

The department did not respond to the ABC’s requests about the program’s annual expense.

Mr Campbell said the system worked with on-the-ground parole officers, mental overall health workers and Indigenous elders to comply with up participants, but this was sometimes hard to do with communities so far away from a head workplace in Darwin.

“In some situations, we’ll locate communities have quite limited solutions available that will help in the much more clinical help,” he said.

“Our system only reaches the perpetrators and we appreciate that we can only go so far.

“An perfect globe is definitely outdoors of what I do with the department or what the division does. It begins with children finding out about healthy relationships and that becoming in curriculums at schools.”

A division spokesperson stated next year the program was introducing “refresher” courses to follow up participants two months afterwards.

Seeking to a better future

Priscilla Collins, chief executive of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), echoed Mr Campbell’s sentiments that more focus was required on extended-term, community-led and culturally distinct rehabilitative applications.

“[The Family members Violence system] just touches the sides. You can’t just touch on it once or twice a year due to the fact it really is not going to perform,” Ms Collins said.

You can only have government agencies do what sources they have offered. That is where the Government demands to be focusing on what are the key issues communities need to have to be capable to deal with violence.

Priscilla Collins, CEO of NAAJA

“You can only have government agencies do what sources they have obtainable. That’s exactly where the Government requirements to be focusing on what are the key items communities want to be able to deal with violence.

“When you break that cycle, what you happen to be seeking at is saving cash down the road on folks going to jail, compensation, defence lawyers.”

Ms Collins pointed towards violence codes becoming implemented in Territory football clubs and men’s sheds programs getting trialled in Maningrida, Warrumiyanga and Ngukurr as alternatives to quick-term workshops or prison terms for low-danger offenders.

“Our mob will in no way stop caring about domestic violence. It is usually one thing on everybody’s mind and neighborhood individuals always want to take control. The Government needs to listen,” she mentioned.

Some participants are listening.

Although visiting the Arnhem Land neighborhood, Ms Patu was approached by a prior workshop’s participant who had produced amends with his companion, and wanted to personally thank her.

Workshop participant Leeroy (name changed) was hoping for a related reconciliation.

“There’s no excuse of hurting your companion. If there is an argument with your companion, walk off. Women are our left-handers and they operate challenging. It is shameful for a man to beat up a woman,” he said.

Subjects: domestic-violence, indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, loved ones-and-kids, rehabilitation, laws, alcohol, human-interest, nt

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NSW to rewrite domestic violence orders in ‘plain English’

Posted November 27, 2015 07:48:52

New “plain English” Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders will be introduced in New South Wales to make the orders much less confusing.

The NSW Government said the redesigned orders would eradicate excuses for violating the orders, which safeguard victims of domestic violence by imposing restrictions on the behaviour of perpetrators.

Lawyer-Basic Gabrielle Upton mentioned the orders would use basic language that a 13-year-old could recognize, and spell out examples of the consequences of breaches.

“Often it can be challenging for ADVOs to be effortlessly understood,” Ms Upton mentioned.

“These plain English ADVOs – by being simpler, by getting direct in their language, by spelling out consequences – will make it each easier for the courts and for police to enforce the orders and for perpetrators to know precisely what is required of them.”

The new orders will be rolled out across the state over the next year.

It follows final month’s guarantee of a $ 60 million program to tackle domestic violence in NSW and develop Australia’s very first committed police teams to target higher-risk offenders.

The State Government also lately permitted police to take video statements of domestic violence victims at crime scenes for use in court, which have been credited with escalating convictions.

In September, the Federal Government announced a $ 100 million package, including the use of GPS tracking technologies to monitor offenders and far more training for police, social workers and emergency staff.

It also included a strategy to give mobile phones and safety buttons to victims.

Subjects: domestic-violence, nsw

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South African judge lifts domestic ban on rhino horn trade

Posted November 26, 2015 22:03:09

A South African judge has lifted a domestic ban on trade in rhino horns, in a direct challenge to government policy put in spot in 2009 to attempt to stem rocketing poaching numbers.

The judge’s ruling, which was delivered in the Pretoria High Court after two South African game breeders fought a legal battle to overturn the moratorium.

The court decision came ahead of a meeting in Johannesburg subsequent year of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which could lift the international ban.

South Africa’s rhino poaching epidemic saw a record 1,215 rhino killed final year for their horn, and some private rhino breeders say selling legally harvested horns could stifle the profitable black industry trade.

“The moratorium on domestic trade in rhino horns is hereby reviewed and set aside,” mentioned the ruling from judge Francis Legodi.

The environment ministry said no selection had been created on whether or not to appeal against the ruling.

Lifting of the domestic ban in South Africa is not the complete war won, but it is at least a battle that has been won.

South African lawyer Izak du Toi

“Our lawyer is now studying the judgement,” ministry spokeswoman Roopa Singh mentioned.

John Hume and Johan Kruger, the two game breeders who launched the legal action, say it is their constitutional appropriate to sell rhino horn — what they describe as a renewable resource.

“Hopefully this will bring about a change and lead the way to what takes place in September subsequent year at CITES,” said Izak du Toi, a single of Mr Hume’s lawyer

“We think the South African government is seriously contemplating creating a proposal to CITES to permit international trade in rhino horns.

“[Mr Hume] hopes that a legalised trade will lead to a reduction in poaching.

“Lifting of the domestic ban in South Africa is not the whole war won, but it is at least a battle that has been won.”

‘Legal dehorning’ favours organization more than conservation

South Africa is house to about 20,000 rhino, or 80 per cent of the planet population.

The quantity of rhino killed rocketed from 13 in 2007 to 1,215 final year.

The animals are slaughtered by poachers for their horn, which is utilised as a standard medicine in East Asia.

Legally dehorning a rhino would see a farm owner put the animal beneath anaesthesia then saw off the horn, which is composed of keratin, the exact same material as fingernails.

Each horn would demand its personal permit that would be recorded in a database.

“This step is getting deemed for financial rather than conservation reasons,” the Save The Rhino group said in an e-mail.

The judge mentioned that the government had not followed correct legal procedures when implementing the ban and had not consulted the public.

“It is possibly on technical point that the judge ruled in the applicants’ favour,” top anti-trade lobbyist Dex Kotze stated.

“The pro-trade lobby will see it as very a massive win for themselves, but who are they going to sell it to? Simply because at the end of the day, the South African industry doesn’t consume.”

The selection came right after a northern white rhino — 1 of just four remaining worldwide — died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo in the United States.


Subjects: animal-welfare, animals, globe-politics, south-africa

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