Dissent in White Ribbon Starts to Bite

Several White Ribbon members who attended the IWD forum in Hobart last week expressed concerns about White Ribbon’s current resistance to confronting male violence to women in the sex trade. White Ribbon Australia continues to fall behind on best practice policy on stopping all violence to women.

In keeping with the spirit of International Women’s Day, it is time for White Ribbon Australia to stand in solidarity with their international partners who have joined the growing global movement against the global sex-trade and in support Nordic Model laws on prostitution.


ALHR – Human rights lawyers warn of crisis conditions in specialist domestic violence services for women and child ren

Human rights lawyers have voiced their grave concerns about the government’s continued relentless push to privatise essential specialist domestic violence services for women by awarding contracts to religious and other for profit agencies. The latest service facing possible closure, is Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA) – a vital service first established by the Women’s Liberation Movement in 1971.


Brazilian goalkeeper charged with torture and murder of ex-girlfriend – ‘Mistakes happen. I’m not a bad guy’

A Brazilian soccer player who had his mistress murdered and fed to dogs claims he is “starting over.”

In his first major interview since being released from prison, 32-year-old Bruno Fernandes de Souza said: “What happened, happened. I made a mistake, a serious one, but mistakes happens in life – I’m not a bad guy.”


“People tried to bury my dream because of one mistake, but I asked God for forgiveness, so I’m carrying on with my career, dude,” he said,


Domestic violence laws: Alleged offenders have to prove why they should get bail

Anyone charged with a serious domestic violence offence in Queensland will now have to prove why they should be granted bail and allowed back into the community before they face court.

The Opposition said the new laws also provided more safeguards for domestic violence victims, including provisions for courts to order alleged offenders to be fitted with GPS tracking devices as a bail condition, and urgent appeal rights for victims

“We’ve only seen 46 of the 121 recommendations in the Not now, Not ever report actually implemented.”

The State Government and crossbench . . . rejected the LNP’s bid to make it mandatory for victims and their families to be formally notified when perpetrators were granted bail or parole.


Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia phone counselling centre facing possible closure

Australia’s world-renowned Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA) phone counselling centre is facing possible closure in July.

  • Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia gives counselling via hotline 1800-RESPECT
  • Medibank Health Solutions has put the hotline’s counselling service out to tender
  • Union says Medibank Health Solutions is putting profit before victims


Dad tells neighbour he set fire to girl because she ‘was too beautiful’, court told

Ms Forrester said Mr Herbert told his neighbour they were his children so he could do whatever he wanted and said his toddler was too beautiful and that is why he burnt her.

When another woman left the house with Mr Herbet’s son, he allegedly said “don’t worry, I would not have lit my boy up”.


Why domestic violence will rule for as long as pornography exists

International studies also found that boys exposed to pornography are more likely to engage in sexual harassment with a 2011 US study finding that “adolescents who are intentionally exposed to violent sexually explicit material were six times more likely to be sexually aggressive than those who were not exposed.”Another study also found exposure to pornography is “associated with greater acceptance of stereotyped and sexist notions about gender and sexual roles, including notions of women as sexual objects.”


Five Women Killed Every Hour – Why We Need to Speak Out on Domestic Violence

Five women are killed every hour by a partner or family member globally, according to new figures released by ActionAid ahead of International Women’s day tomorrow.

[D]omestic violence threatens the lives of women every day and the awful reality is that globally the killing of women by their partners or family members is so common that it rarely makes headlines.


Don’t let feminism get hijacked for racist ends

While we all celebrate International Women’s Day in different ways, there’s one under-discussed issue I hope all of us will take up – the way racist policies across the globe are being enacted under the guise of protecting women.

Stoking racial hatred by invoking the protection of women – white women, in particular – is nothing new in the United States, of course. The fear of rape has historically been used to justify horrific violence against American black men


Family Court judges out of touch

The founder of child advocacy ­organisation Bravehearts says the group has been inundated with victims of the Family Court system wanting to tell their stories and join the push for a royal commission into the institution.

The organisation’s mission is to prevent child sexual assault and Hetty Johnston said the court was failing to act on the information put before it by parents trying to protect their children.

She said the first premise upon which judges based decisions was often an archaic, dangerous and wrong presumption that allegations were false.

“This is despite the fact that we know one in five kids are sexually assaulted before they turn 18. But the courts won’t accept it, they see it as one parent trying to get an ­advantage over the other parent by coaching their children to tell lies.”