On August 11, Branch announced she had split from her husband of three years, Patrick Carney, drummer for The Black Keys. In a tweet, she accused him of cheating.
Then, the following day, Branch was arrested for domestic assault after slapping Carney.
At 2am on the morning of August 11, within an hour of Branch posting her now-deleted tweet and hours before she confirmed the split in her official statement, police were called to her and Carney’s home in Nashville for a possible domestic disturbance.
According to court documents, Branch admitted to slapping Carney in the face “one or two times”.
She was taken into custody with a $1000 bail. According to TMZ, she was released early because she is breastfeeding their six-month-old.
[ed: Women should be aware that this is quite a common scenario. Gone are the days when DV laws were used to protect women from male violence. Now they are increasingly weaponised against women by men who want to keep angry women in their place and have no actual fears for their safety.]
In decision quashed by federal court, citizenship application was rejected despite father’s name on birth certificate and Medicare card.
In a decision quashed by the federal court, the overseas-born mother of the child was told the department did not have proof of a biological link to the father – despite his name being listed on the girl’s birth certificate and Medicare card, his payment of child support and photos of the pair together.
Michaela Rhode, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s gender clinic coordinator, represented the mother, and said requests for DNA tests in citizenship cases for children when one parent is on a temporary visa or seeking asylum and the other is an Australian citizen had become increasingly common over the past five years.
“Even if we provide an overwhelming amount of evidence that meets the legal requirement for citizenship to be recognised and support that there is a parent-child relationship, they’re still pushing for the DNA test,” she said.
She said if a woman had fled a violent relationship, re-engaging with a perpetrator had significant risks.
Under Australia’s Citizenship Act, a child born in Australia is a citizen if a parent of the person is a citizen.
According to the Federal Court decision, the mother – who first made the citizenship application for her child in 2017 – did not have a valid visa at the time of her daughter’s birth in Melbourne in 2015.
The child’s lawyers later told the federal court that the decision “has the practical effect” of leaving the girl “stateless”.
Many of the kids who come through Dale Tolliday’s clinic are boys, aged between 10 and 13. They often have two things in common: they watch porn, and they have a hypermasculine father who denigrates, abuses and, in some cases, physically harms their mother.
When they see men mistreating women sexually on screen, and have no counterbalance in real life, they think that’s the way relationships work.
Tolliday leads a government-run clinic, New Street Services, that treats 10- to 17-year-olds who display problematic, harmful sexual behaviours. There are around 1000 confirmed reports of so-called PHSB in NSW each year, and he believes that is the tip of the iceberg. “The scale is enormous,” he said.
It happens in schools, in social settings and in homes. Occasionally, it gets to court. Earlier this year, a boy was found guilty of choking his high school girlfriend. This week, a court heard about a consensual encounter between two 16-year-old schoolmates that turned into a protracted rape, which also involved choking.
Choking is commonplace; intentionally choking without consent became an offence in 2018. Between 2019 and 2021, the number of charges grew from 560 to 1200, Bureau of Crime Statistics and Reporting statistics show.
Mary Catherine Starr is an artist, mother and yoga teacher. She has built a following of over 225,000 people on Instagram through comic-book style illustrations that depict married life and motherhood.
Last week however, Starr began receiving abuse and death threats after some of her comics found a new audience on Twitter.
Many of her pretty illustrations have been widely shared on all corners of the internet and according to the Know Your Meme website, her most popular post to date from January 2022 depicts a dad buying fast food and being labelled as a ‘fun dad’, versus a mum labelled as a ‘lazy mum’.
A new Victorian law which forces mothers and fathers to accept their children’s desire to change gender has left distraught parents fearing prosecution if they do anything to try to prevent potentially harmful and irreversible treatment.
So far-reaching is the new law that even trying to arrange counselling and expert assessment for their kids could lead to parents – and the mental health professionals – being prosecuted if the advice did anything other than affirm the children’s newly-discovered gender dysphoria.
One parent even found text messages from a counsellor to her daughter advising the child to leave home so she could escape her sceptical parents and freely pursue her newly-found wish to transition to being a boy.
Fearful of prosecution, parents in this predicament have formed a clandestine network to exchange ideas on how to approach the legal minefield laid down by the Change of Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has been tasked with policing the Act.
Its website states it is now an offence for a parent to refuse to support their child’s request for medical treatment that will prevent physical changes from puberty that do not align with the child’s new gender identity, and it is also an offence to deny their child access to any health care services that would affirm that identity.
And in case any parents thought they could seek counselling for their children outside Victoria, the Act now makes that an offence too.
And so too is telling your child to reflect further before going ahead with gender transition, with the Commission’s website warning parents that the definition of gender suppression could include ‘wait and see’ approaches, and not just overt opposition to the children’s wishes.
Former professor of psychology at the University of Sydney, Dr Dianna Kenny has been treating children with gender dysphoria for about four years and said there has been a steady of flow of parents from Victoria contacting her for help since the legislation was passed.
‘Psychologists in Victoria are terrified of practicing non-affirming psychotherapy for children with gender dysphoria,’ Dr Kenny said.
Everywhere you look, mothers are being erased. In the name of inclusion and diversity:
- Barnardos has cancelled its ‘Mother of the Year’ award
- Volunteers from the Australian Breastfeeding Association have been investigated for their use of the word ‘mother’ on social media
- The Labor Party has removed the word ‘mother’ from its policy documents
Sadly, mothers are also being erased, not just from our speech, but from children’s lives. There have been some recent high-profile cases of men ‘creating’ children through surrogacy, with the intention of raising them without a mother.
A mother and her baby share an intimate and irreplaceable bond – even before the child is born.
Beyond birth and breastfeeding, mothers continue to relate to their children in a unique way. Compared to fathers, mothers have higher levels and more receptors of the hormone oxytocin, which is responsible for human bonding.
A man cannot simply decide to call himself a mother; a woman cannot call herself a genderless ‘parent’ or a ‘father’. The word ‘mother’ has a biological referent in the real world and so we must insist on using it.
When we delete mothers from our vocabulary and from children’s lives, we are sending the message that there’s nothing special about mothers – any adult will do. But the reality is that every human being needs and longs not just for a generic parent, but for their genetic mother. Babies spend nine months preparing to meet the mother they already know and share a relationship with. After birth, mother-infant bonding is of the utmost importance for a child’s healthy development.
Earlier this year, a Victorian man made headlines by becoming the first single man to become a father through surrogacy in that state. Predictably, this was celebrated as a win for equality. But having children is not a ‘right’ that can be asserted regardless of biology or the best interests of the child.
A donor-conceived woman describes her struggle:
‘I cannot put into words the pain of not knowing who my biological mother is and not being able to have/have had a relationship with her. I really do think about this at least once a day, and it is deeply mentally, emotionally, and psychologically troubling.’ (Them Before Us, Chapter 7, Loc 3015)
But the ‘modern family’, where mothers (or fathers) are treated as optional, is a deliberate denial of what children need and naturally long for. Motherlessness is always something to be mourned, not celebrated.
Mothers matter. Our wombs, breasts, and hormones make us unique and indispensable. Every baby looks for ‘Mama’ from the moment of its birth. We are not parents! We are mothers – and no good will come from erasing us.
One third of respondents to a survey of staffers in the NSW parliament said they have experienced bullying or sexual harassment at work, according to a new report released on Friday.
The report indicates that the key drivers of the harmful behaviour that occurs in NSW parliament include the unequal distribution of power between politicians and staff, and the underrepresentation of women and people of diverse background in decision-making roles.
Women were more likely to experience sexual harassment than men across all roles, with female MPs (46 per cent) being the most likely group to report experiencing sexual harassment.
In the report, younger female staffers talked about sexual harassment as being normalised in the workplace, mentioning the unequal power dynamics between MPs and staffers.
“It’s very normalised, the MP and Chief of Staff sleeping with junior staff. The power dynamics were so unbalanced, it thwarted any possibility of a balanced relationship,” one staffer told the review.
Following concerns raised with the watchdog from licensees claiming that including certain credit information in the credit reports of victim-survivors of family violence (such as financial hardship information) could place those consumers at risk of further harm, ASIC has implemented a policy with increased flexibility in order to protect vulnerable consumers.
ASIC has adopted a temporary no-action position to enable large banks (“eligible licensees”) to withhold the reporting of certain credit information on consumer credit reports, in cases where disclosing the information could lead to consumer harm.
[Ed: Does this mean male perpetrators claiming to be victims will be able to ensure information about their true joint financial situation is withheld from their spouse? Will this assist perpetrators drawing down equity in a jointly owned asset without the knowledge of their victim? Will this more often assist female victims or male perpetrators who more typically make the repayments on the mortgage account while their female partner covers household expenses? Yet another example of why DV provisions must use sex specific language to ensure it is not being systematically weaponised against women by perpetrators].