Domestic Violence Placing a Strain on Community Lawyers

According to Community lawyers there has been a significant increase in the amount of work they do to prevent domestic violence with their casework increasing by 70% in the last five years. Hugh de Kretser, Federation of Community Legal Centres, stated that there has been a massive increase in reports of family violence to police…

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Combating Domestic Violence – Victoria

Ted Baillieu, Victorian Premier, has unveiled a plan to curb family violence. The plan contains initiatives such as working with schools to incorporate more respectful relationships. Working with the media on reporting domestic violence. As well as creating community awareness of domestic violence and how to respond. Premier Baillieu said “violence against women and children…

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Preventing Serious Crime – Early Intervention

In light of Jill Meagher’s murder many are now asking what can be done to ensure that potential rapists and killers are stopped. Some are calling for indefinite sentences but Frances Nelson, South Australian Parole Board Chief, believes that simply increasing sentences won’t solve the problem as almost all offenders will one day be released…

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Aggravated Burglary – Blackburn South

On Monday the 08-10-12 at around 3.00 am up to five male assailants wearing balaclavas entered a home on Blackburn Road in Blackburn South and threatened the young occupants with weapons, including a samurai sword. The twenty-two-year-old male was attacked before the assailants fled. Police are appealing for witnesses. For victims of crime support and…

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March for Jill Meagher and for all Victims of Violent Crimes

According to Philip Werner, the organiser of the march for Jill Meagher, the 30,000 people who walked along Sydney Road Brunswick was to show support for “peace, hope, non-violence and solidarity with all women”. Julie Stephens, Associate Professor, said that threats to women’s safety are as ever-present as they always have been. In Victorian police…

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Illuminated Taxi Ranks to Reduce Violence – Chapel Street Melbourne

Eighteen taxi ranks in the entertainment precinct of Chapel Street have been illuminated in an attempt to reduce violent behaviour. Terry Mulder, Public Transport Minister, said ‘Chapel Street had issues with alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour. It is hoped that the new illuminated taxi ranks will help get people off the streets and on their…

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