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abuse survivors

5 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Derryn Hinch, Daniel Andrews

Implement a National Domestic Violence Perpetrator Register.

This is a petition to ask for changes to be made to the domestic violence laws in Australia. We believe that changes need to be made at local and national levels, because often the victims of domestic violence are at risk of murder or suicide. One of the first things we can do is start a national register for perpetrators who are charged and found guilty of domestic violence crimes and abuse. This is what we are asking for: a national register similar to a sexual offenders register. As domestic violence is a growing epidemic and perpetrators are able to continue their patterns after punishment has been served (in the cases where punishment was implemented), it creates a concerning situation of more victims being created. If perpetrators of violence and abuse against their partners were put on a national register, women (and other potential victims) would be able to look them up before beginning relationships. They would be able to protect themselves financially, physically, and emotionally. They would be able to protect their current or future offspring. This will have positive impacts on society at large: the national register will positively impact the health sector, the education sector, and the welfare sector. Survivors of domestic violence and abuse are often forced to rebuild their entire lives and often require ongoing therapy after being diagnosed with anxiety, depression and/or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Victims often feel as if they have no voice. As survivors of domestic violence and abuse, we have started this petition is a way to empower victims. By the courts naming perpetrators on a register, we can assist others by allowing them to view the registry and protect themselves against known offenders. We believe this will reduce the amount of victims that will be affected over time. Thank you for your interest in our cause. Let’s make Australia a safer place!  

Bianca Ascher
1,831 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Daniel Andrews

Compensation for the forgotten Stolen Gen members in Vic, before it's too late!

My name is Daria Atkinson and through my position as Bringing Them Home Worker at the Victorian Aboriginal health Service and from personal experience, I believe compensation is well overdue for members of the Stolen Generation.  It  is time to make things right with this forgotten group of people in Victoria who have suffered many traumas. Unfortunately, many Stolen Gen members may never see compensation, as they are an aging group. The Stolen Generations are in need of healing and reparation for the forced traumatic lifestyle, which not only they have lived but has been passed on to many generations after them….. and many more to come.       On the 26th of May, 2017 which was the 20th anniversary of the  Bringing Them Home (BTH) report, 350 Community members including Elders from the Stolen Generation gathered to commiserate, remember and acknowledge the suffering and survival. When you get a chance to have a yarn with a member of the Stolen Generation, you can here from them the pain is raw and their experience is still effecting them today. It's very emotional. Of the 54 recommendations made in the BTH report, only a very small number were implemented. In other states, Stolen Gen members have received compensation for being forcibly removed by government polices but, not in Victoria as yet! It's as if the Stolen Generation didn't happen here. This petition is a call to action to the Victorian Government  to address the ongoing effects of past removal policies in Victoria and the lack of implementation of recommendations to address the members of The Stolen Generations. Its time NOW, for our Victorian Elders to receive compensation. It will never take away the stress and trauma but would aid their healing process.   *Please note: We plan to present this petition to Daniel Andrews over dinner with members of the Stolen Generation.                     

Daria Atkinson
1,184 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Australian Parliment, Malcolm Turnbull, Daniel Andrews

Waiving separation period of divorce where domestic violence has occurred.

Domestic violence has been part of my life for longer than I care to admit. My father would fight with my mother on a regular basis. Often, it was very heated and would end up in some form of physical violence. A punch, a slap, throwing things - or her - against the wall.He would come into our room and emotionally manipulate us so that we would beg him to stay. Things would be ok for a while, then the cycle would start again. That cycle of abuse all suffers get caught up in.  I remember being 12 and it was the same old story. I said to him, "Go on, do it then, kill yourself, I don't care anymore." I'll never forget that moment in my life, where I then became the punching bag. I was 16 when I hid my brother and sister in my wardrobe, calling the police through muffled tones. I thought for sure he would kill her. The police arrived 3 hours later, I'm thankful they act a lot quicker today. When I was 18, my parents had a massive fight, I got in between them and my dad was so furious. I remember running down the drive way to get away from him. He was quicker than me and hit me so hard on the back of the head I blacked out. He then dragged me back inside for disobeying him. Suffice to say, I moved out the following week. I was 17 when I first started dating my husband. I remember vividly after dating for a couple of months, he punched me in the arm for something I said to him. I thought to myself, "You are never to be with someone who hurts you like your dad did to your mother." Except my subconscious had gotten so used to this kind of treatment that I let it continue. The brainwashing, the "I'm sorry, I'll do better," sucked me in time and time again. He was always SO emotional, I never knew which person I would get. But when he was nice, I loved him, so it blinded me from his toxic bahaviour. While we argued a lot, the physical violence happened maybe twice a year. How sad that I can justify that! We got married at 20, baby at 24, and at 27 when he threatened me with a machete, strangled me so that I nearly died and punched me so hard I bruised all over my backside, I knew that I couldn't do it anymore.I reported him to the police, they discribed the event as one of the worst they've seen and he was arrested. I got an AVO, which is nice in theory but does little when they are allowed off on bail by a magistrate and his charges were not addressed in a timely manner. My biggest issue - and what I want to petition today - is that I have to wait 12 months before I can divorce the man who abused me. 12 months of his manipulation and control. That is not fair. That is exactly why women/men go back to their partners because they get brainwashed time and time again. I'm asking for a no waiting period. I want to be divorced from my abusive husband now, so he no longer has any control over me. How can we make a stand when everything is in their favour?

Leila Jones
5,246 supporters