Caitlan Coleman says her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, was violent towards her before, during and after their kidnapping
Our government has continued to give lip service to addressing the scourge of violence against women, whilst at the same time masterminding the effective dismantling of the NSW Women’s Refuge Movement. Currently, the Women’s Family Law Support Service located in the Sydney Family Court is facing imminent closure because the government is unwilling to commit to ongoing funding for the service at a mere $120,000 per annum, let alone expanding it into other courts.
Police are “systematically failing” to protect victims of domestic and sexual violence, according to campaigners in the second super-complaint made to a national watchdog.
The Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) has accused police forces of failing to use existing powers to deal with domestic abuse, harassment, stalking and rape.
The campaigners, who gathered information from 11 frontline services, claim most rape suspects are now released without bail conditions, meaning they are left unsupervised. One sexual violence survivors service said that of 120 active cases, only five suspects were on bail.
Restore our Refuge (ROR) held a street theatre event outside Stephen Bromhead’s office.
With few contacts and no independent income, migrant women experiencing domestic violence can become further isolated from support by abusive partners controlling their access to technology.
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights called on country to implement strategies to prevent and prosecute femicides.
With a population of more than 200 million, Brazil has only 74 shelters for victims of domestic violence, according to Human Rights Watch.
In Brazil, those women killed are often shot dead in their own homes at the hands of current or former boyfriends who have a history of domestic abuse, the IACHR said.
“The commission notes with concern that in most cases, the murdered women had previously denounced their aggressors, faced serious acts of domestic violence or suffered previous attacks or attempted homicides,” the IACHR said.
Femicides are not an “isolated problem” but reflect “sexist values deeply rooted in Brazilian society”, the IACHR said.