domestic violence

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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to ACT Minister for Me

Educate staff on domestic violence against people with disability before it's too late

My brother is a ticking timebomb, living with paranoid psychosis and being controlled by a domestically violent unstable dad. Dad controls us in every way but the most dangerous is by threatening us and brother to lie to his health staff, stop taking his meds, putting dangerous ideas into his head and not allowing us to get brother help when he's psychotic. Dad is charasmatic and lies to health staff while we sit there trembling in fear and afraid to speak. Typical dv behaviour. Health staff listen to dad despite our concerns. Mum and I have gone to all treating professionals, every organisation and we are turned away because of lack of legislation and understanding of dv. No carer raising such serious concerns and no patient experiencing it should ever be turned away by the health system- end of story. I understand staff are underresourced and have good intent but they need specialized training and support on how to recognize and respond to carers and patients with mental health disability living in dv, if we are to reduce scenarios which leads to fatalities and criminal acts. We've been told to "come back when he's about to kill himself or others"; "he can get himself out of dv"; the hospital sent him home unwell to "expose him to more stress"; "he chooses to live in dv"; "accept that people with disability are exploited" etc Mum, I and hubby lived with dad to protect brother, but the situation is so destructive we have all left. There is no one to care for brother or do something if he relapses. He's 40 and not allowed to engage with people and does nothing but listen to dads rants. Carers raising issues that are this serious need to be able to do so with adequate health staff engagement, so that violence to the affected party is minimised. It is really dangerous for staff to take a little bit of info and make decisions/plans without involving the person who has knowledge of the dv because an outsider does not know what triggers the dv, consequently leaving the person in worse situation than if nothing had been said. My brothers health professionals(apart from ACT Health) and police have worked with us to minimize abuse to brother. Community Health has not even bothered to acknowledge it. There isn't even a legal binding way for carers to raise complaints for a mentally unwell person. I will not sit by and wait for my brother to kill himself or harm the innocent public (driving into people, stalking etc) - it could be you or your loved ones :( I am calling on the ACT Mental Health Minister to urgently implement specialized training and legislation to recognize and respond to persons with disability experiencing dv. I request that the minister stop turning me away with lip service and instead engage to constructively address the issues. I will not go away. Please share and sign my petition before it's too late for our loved ones (yours and mine).

Jasmine Jay
477 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten

Domestic and family violence has no home in Australia

It is estimated that one in four Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of a current or former male partner. The number of women and children escaping violence and seeking a safe place to call home is increasing each year, but the Federal Government does not have a national strategy to ensure access to safe and affordable housing. If you’re escaping domestic and family violence having affordable housing options and appropriate support can mean the difference between being able to safely leave the violence or not. We need political will from all parties to address domestic and family violence, including delivering the full range of safe and affordable housing options women and children so urgently need.  This includes crisis accommodation, social and affordable housing and where it is safe financial support to remain at home. This election, all political leaders need to commit to a national domestic and family violence strategy that includes the full range of safe and affordable housing options. Now is the time for us to stand together to make a change so that women and children escaping domestic and family violence have a home to go to. Domestic and family violence has no home in Australia. Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten - this election our vote will be for a party that commits to investment in affordable housing to support women and their children to be safe from domestic and family violence.

474 supporters
Update posted 3 months 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
1,904 supporters