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Abbott Government Puts Family Violence at Forefront
by Gaye Crispin
“Domestic Violence has been made a national priority and is now on the COAG agenda. That means action will be taken,” said Senator Cash
“2015 is the turning point to how we address family violence. Women and children in Australia deserve to be safe in their home, on the street, and online. And none of us are going to stop until we achieve it.
“That’s why the government has developed the national domestic violence order recognition scheme. Currently AVOs, DVOs and APVOs are only state recognised. Putting in place national online systems across states where systems talk to each other, where DVOs and AVOs can be called up anywhere in Australia, will assist in early intervention, particularly in situations where an escalation in violent behaviour is taking place,” Senator Cash said.
“The Daisy App is another tool the government has put in place to assist women at risk. Statistics tell us 1 in 3 Australian women above age of 15 will experience physical violence, and 1 in 5 will experience sexual violence. Daisy is an app that connects women around Australia to services,” said Senator Cash. (More information on Daisy app below)
Senator Cash said, “Domestic violence must be stopped. And it must not be tolerated! One woman a week is killed in Australia due to domestic violence. So far this year, 62 women in Australia have died as a result of domestic violence.”
“That’s two a week – doubling the rate of domestic violence homicides. 2015 is the turning point to how we address family violence. Women and children in Australia deserve to be safe in their home on streets online and none of us are going to stop until we achieve it,” Senator Cash said.
“1 in 3 Australian women above age of 15 will experience physical violence, and 1 in 5 sexual violence,” said Senator Cash.
“We aim to get the message into our primary schools. We know we must teach our children at an early age that girls are equal. And we must also teach why we should have, and need, respectful relationships,” Senator Cash said.
“Our Prime Minister has now put domestic violence on the COAG agenda. That means domestic violence now has national priority, which means action will be taken,” said Senator Cash.
Daisy can link you up with a service phone number, be used to search the internet for more information and let you know what to expect when contacting a service. Family members and friends can use Daisy to gather information and support a loved one’s decision making.
The Daisy App was developed with input from all State and Territory Governments and funded by the Australian Government – has been downloaded approximately 100 times each week since its launch in March. In total, there have been more than 2000 downloads nationally.
Mrs McNamara is pleased that the Daisy app has been updated and has new features including translated information across 28 language groups, text-to-voice functionality for women with a vision impairment (or low literacy) and an SMS function for women living in rural or remote areas.
“We need to make accessing support for women experiencing violence as easy as possible,” Mrs McNamara said.
“What Daisy gives you is options and choices – it will help connect you with options and make choices that suit you, not what people tell you to do. If a refuge is the help you want, you can access that information. If you want specialist support, that’s there too.”
Special features of Daisy include a ‘Get Help’ function that allows users to quickly call 000 and a ‘Quick Exit’ button to leave screens containing service information.
“The phone is often the thing that is kept the closest so to have all this information on an app is fantastic. It’s helpful and convenient and it will make connecting to the right organisations a lot easier.”
“To make accessing support as straightforward as possible, Daisy provides women with an easy-to use list of specialist sexual assault, domestic and family violence services in their state and local area,” said Mrs McNamara.
“Family and friends can also use Daisy to gather information to support a loved-one’s decision making.”
Can You Recognise Different Forms of Domestic Violence?
The level and impact of domestic violence between a perpetrator and their victim are broad and far-reaching. Some of the most common types of domestic violence that a person can experience include:
- Physical Violence – behaviour such as punching, beating, slapping, shoving, and so-on that may or may not involve the use of weapons;
- Sexual Violence – any unwanted sexual behaviours, including forced sexual contact, rape, forced sexual acts on the perpetrator or others that cause pain or humiliation;
- Emotional Violence – actions that deliberately work to undermine your confidence – and humiliate, degrade and demean the individual. Emotional violence also extends to threatening comments made from the perpetrator to the victim;
- Economical Violence – when you are unable to make independent decisions about your use of money, and your partner controls your access to, and use of, money;
- Social Violence – when you are unable to make independent decisions about your own social life, and your partner controls and decides where you go, what you do, and who you choose to socialise with.
How to Legally Protect Yourself Against Domestic Violence: DVOs
If you have been in a domestic relationship, you can apply for a domestic violence orders to restrict the access of an abusive partner on yourself, and/or your child or children.
Apprehended Violence Orders
Apprehended violence orders are taken out by parties that have not been in a domestic relationship and want some form of protection from the Court in relation to violent or, harassing activities from other individuals.
Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders
Apprehended domestic violence orders offer protection from physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological and or emotional abuse, harassing or intimidating behaviour.
Apprehended Personal Violence Orders
Apprehended personal violence orders are given by the Court if there is evidence to suggest that there is physical violence damage to property, harassment, intimidation, stalking or offensive behaviour.