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family violence

7 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, Senator George Brandis, Honourable Diana Bryant, Honourable BIll Shorten, Senator Derryn Hinch, The Hon Mark Dreyfus, Ms Megan Mitchell, Professor Gillian Triggs, Mr Edward Santow

Sign Petition! Investigate #Corruption, #ChildAbuse & #ParentAbuse in #FamilyCourt NOW!

FAMILY COURTS' CRIMINAL KID$ 4 CA$H APPROACH The draconian laws of the Family Courts and the administration of these laws manipulated by corrupt legal practitioners and the "Experts" they assign to write Reports to the Court, protect its administrators, report writers, lawyers, barristers, judicial officers and a $5 billion (2008 figures) Family Court Industry that is the envy of all other legal juristictions in Australia both in the amount of money its lawyers and barristers make (at the cost of destruction of young, voiceless, innocent lives) and the outrageous discretion and judicial  impunity enjoyed by its judicial officers.   The forbidding cost (monetary, emotional, physical) of brininging to justice individuals in a corrupt system by those who are already victims of the greed and rampant corruption in the Family Courts of Australia, has allowed this system to continue to abuse innocent people and allow corrupt legal practitioners to pervert the course of justice in its current disgraceful state on a daily basis. Family Courts continue to punish the family violence victims who find the courage against all odds to stand against their abusers.  The currency of Family Court is blood and tears of innocent people.  The results are lining of pockets of corrupt family court solicitors, barristers, report writers and others.   The less good people stand up against the conduct tolerated and supported in the Family Court, the more arrogant the Family Court legal practitioners and its report writers will become. Please stand up and make your voice count against the rampant corruption that is in the texture and DNA of a system that rewards the solicitors, barristers, report writers and judges at the cost of devastation and destruction of the very victims of family violence and abuse who turn to these courts for protection.  Family Court of Australia continues to put at risk the lives and well being of those it is supposed to protect, the Children!  Nothing can be reported to the media. No professional body can Hear complaints in relation to any unlawful or illegal conduct of those that the Famaily Court protects.  Judges have absolute power to make Orders that affect Children under such protectionist system.   They rely on "Expert Reports" to protect themsleves.  No one can question these so called "Experts".  Expert Reports can be purchased.  It seems that Court Orders can be purchased.  It seems justice can be purchased in the Family Court. In its 30 plus years of operation, Australia's youth suicide rate has reached number 1 in the developed world.  The majority of victims of youth suicide in Australia come from broken homes. In 2015, more young people aged 15-24 died of suicide in Australia than of any other cause. How we treat the most volunerable in our country should be the envy of the developed world instead we fail our children time and time in horrific circumstances.  Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2014 CDC WISQARS) Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. (2014 CDC WISQARS) More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED. Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,240 attempts by young people grades 7-12. Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs These are fertile grounds for corruption of the highest degree.  Any allegation of corruption and misconduct within the Court Sydnem can only be investigated by the Family Court itself behind closed doors.   No one knows of the nature and outcome of complaints.   There is no independent body to investigate the complaint about judicial misconduct of a Family Court Judge in our country. Unlike any other State or federal Judge, family Court Judges' misconduct is examined before other judges of the Family Court. Complaints about judicial conduct can not be heard other than in the unforgiving process of Appeal, where other Judges of the Family Court hear the Appeal. There needs to be an independent Royal Commission into the suffering of victims of Family Courts, the conduct of corrupt legal practitioners, the appointment of "Experts" to write reports,..., to alleviate the injustice and harm bestowed upon innocent children and parents for decades.   #EnoughIsEnough

Jack & Jill Sanders
7,438 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings, Andrews Labour Government, Royal Commission in Family Violence

Urgently stop domestic violence perpetrators from accessing victim “safety hubs”

I suffered years of domestic violence. Assaulted, handcuffed and tied up with rope — my little girls and I went through hell at the hands of my ex. When we finally escaped, support services and safe spaces were crucial for our survival. That’s why I’m disgusted at VIC Government’s latest proposal. Plans to set up ‘Support and Safety Hubs’ for family violence victims have begun, but they'll be open to perpetrators as well as victims and kids. This means victims in trauma will be at risk of theirs and other abusers presence, if they want to access the hubs. I can’t believe it. No woman I know would set foot in them if they knew their perpetrator was going there. Perpetrators can self refer to attend the hubs. A perfect opportunity to haunt and torment women and children. Even in the 'safe place' designed for women and children: perpetrators can deceive and self refer, continue to stalk and be unpredictable. I spoke to Kerry Burns, CEO of Centre Against Violence, CAV who objected to a number of concerns including this one and supports this petition and hopes we can become a louder voice. She has kindly allowed me to share the points which are concerning her from her point of expertise. CAV will be speaking further in their concerns about the Safety Hubs and I mentioned how this petition and my work with hundreds of women are available to support her with her document when it will be presented. "It is of great concern to me that the hubs have been designed as a single entry point for 3 groups of people, most particularly for victims and for perpetrators. It is not safe for victims to enter the hubs when perpetrators can self-refer to them. By this I mean it is not safe in anyway: psychologically, emotionally or physically. For many years now L17 referrals for women who are victims of family violence have been directed to family violence specialists. This is where the referrals belong. However, the Safety Hub is going to receive them in the future. I have very serious concerns that this is not in the best interests of the women. My concern is based on the first point which is women will not find it safe to accept a service which is designed to provide for perpetrators. There is a great deal of worry with the design but the final point I will make now is that women will again confront the question “Will I be believed?” and when they ask this in relation to a safety hub they will answer it in the negative. They are right. The great strength of a perpetrator is to groom women and victims. His grooming is capable of creating collusion in other settings. The safety hub is a setting that will be at risk of colluding with him rather than holding him accountable".Kerry BurnsChief Executive OfficerCentre Against ViolenceBSW Hons     Please read the complete document Support and Safety Hub Statewide Concept July 2017 to confirm what I am saying:  http://www.vic.gov.au/system/user_files/Documents/fv/Support%20and%20Safety%20Hub%20Statewide%20Concept.pdf page 10:  1. Who the Hubs are for The Hubs are for: women, children, young people and older people experiencing family violence families in need of support with the care, wellbeing and development of children and young people, and perpetrators of family violence (see box on page 20 – Keeping perpetrators in view). Read page 19-20 for further detail about perpetrators attendance at the safety hubs. It is sickening to say you are horrified about domestic violence and you want women and children to be safe and then you create a safe house which is not a safe place. This is an exact replication of what they escaped or are trying to escape from. I am speaking out because my children's childhood was robbed and it takes many, many years to recover. There are many costs: financially, emotionally, physical health and limitations in life choices. I don't want this to continue in my grandchildren's world. Creating safety hubs for victims was a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. But it was a recommendation for victims and children to be safe and protected — not to create another space where perpetrators can locate and re-traumatise them. Please sign and share my petition today, urging the VIC Premier Daniel Andrews and Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings to immediately stop plans for perpetrators to attend these safety hubs. P.S. you can reach me on anita@anitabentata.com, join me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thewolfinasuit or get my book and story at www.thewolfinasuit.com I have now spoken with a number of people who have been involved with the consultation process. These are the (anonymous) concerns which are coming out from the conversations which have been ignored through the consultation process.   Women are not safe when perpetrators are allowed to self refer Further points that are of concern in creating safety hubs which are not safe: A number of organisations have pulled out of the Safety Hub plan due to the lack of taking the victim survivors needs into the design. It is believed a number of voices/spokespeople and organisations are not speaking out to not risk their position or funding.  The Safety Hubs control and takeover of the process of referral and processing of client needs, means that the DV response is not the women and children centred place for women and children to receive help, as it now comes under the duristiction of Dept of Human Services.  Kerry Burns from CAV stated further she had a number of concerns: It shifts the referall out of the Domestic Violence sector and into the hub It is the same entry point for victims and perpetrators The design states that it will do more for those facing barriers such as men who are victims and others: yet leaves men who are victims with VAP which actually leaves doubts of congruency of intention  Refers to family violence and sexual assault services in the same map describing the ‘broad service system’ sitting with schools LGA”s etc. which is completely incorrect. (Anita: Family violence and sexual assault has completely different knowledge base and needs to local government and again is placing or hijacking this specialist area into governement.)  Shifts after hours responses out of the Domestic Violence sector Enables the hub to offer full services if the client prefers. In Kerry's experience this means referrals to centres such as Centre Against Violence will not be automatic There is no relationship between MDC and Hub There is no clear statement about whether the hub is an arm of government, (Anita: though from confirmation from others in the consultation process, it is now sitting under the umbrella of Dept Human Services) There appears to be a token to listen to the specialist expertise they require will come from our sector: but are not in the design process taking on board all the DV service and survivors experience and needs. So in fact, to provide expertise in a system that is not designed by the specialists.   

Anita Bentata
24,678 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Ms A. Palaszczuk

Keeping the Roses Alive - Public register for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

The first I heard about Domestic Violence (DV) publicly in the community was with the "To Violence Against Women, Australia Says No" campaign. I didn't realise exactly what DV was until I found myself in a DV situation at age 37 and knew if I didn't escape it, I would die there. I have 2 young children who were also subject to horrific family violence with DV. The man who physically, verbally, mentally, emotionally and sexually abused me and two small children for nearly 3 years, is a repeat perpetrator. His previous partner had also endured his abuse. When we first met, as also told to me by his previous partner, he was lovely. He was romantic, seemed kind, and talked about wanting to settle down. He convinced me after a short time into the relationship that I would be a be a wonderful mother and it would be a shame if I didn't have children. He had said to me that at my age, it might be difficult and that I shouldn't leave the decision much longer or it might be too late. Also telling me, we were so right together, it was meant to be and we were happy. I certainly had enjoyed being swept off my feet by what I saw as a gorgeous and kind man. About 4 months into my pregnancy, things began to change. I wrote to him begging him to stop being verbally abusive towards me and I couldn't understand what had changed. Two weeks before my first baby was born he lashed out in a horrible display of violence and I was left in shock and fear. His previous partner had also endured his horrible and very frequent violence. She recalls, among many other incidents, the day he punched her in the face.  His previous partner and I had a very long conversation after I took her two children and my two children and fled the house during a physically violent episode during which he had roughly pulled my two year old baby away from me and held him up off the ground by one arm. My two year old little boy was crying and screaming. I was screaming in horror and fear as he was flung about by this man while he was roaring and shouting abuse. He grabbed me by my face and hair and was pushing and pulling me to throw me to the ground. I was holding my 11 month old baby at the time and desperately trying to stay on my feet. There are many more events just like this one, the violence continued on a DAY to DAY basis. I believed him when he said "I probably will kill you one day". I still fear for my life and the lives of my two little boys. Had I been aware of his violence, I definitely would not have entered into a relationship with him. I went for help to the Domestic Violence Centre and a worker there informed me, perpetrators of DV carefully select their 'victims' and then will display perfect behavior until the 'victim' is committed either by pregnancy, marriage or purchase of property together. This man blames his behaviour on his 'partners' and a diagnosis of ADHD. He does not take any responsibility for his violent behaviours. We now live under the protection of a Domestic Violence Order. I am hoping with this petition, that perpetrators of Domestic and Family Violence who have been named as the respondent on a DVPO (Domestic Violence Protection Order) or who are known to the police for family or domestic violence can be named on an Australia wide, public register. I believe the register will assist our community by saving women (or men in some cases) from entering into relationships without knowing the violent tendencies of the other party. In addition, being named in a public register will hold the perpetrators accountable for their own behaviours and actions. I consider myself to be very fortunate. I somehow escaped. It wasn't easy, with threats to my life and threats against my children. And on the flip side, the emotional blackmail of not helping him, also a reason I stayed as long as I did. This public register of DVPO's could save another woman's life. Save another woman from getting involved because as explained to me by a psychologist, the behaviours escalate. The first time he punched a woman in the face. The second time he also threatened to kill. The third time, he probably will.      

Rose Gardener
62 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Attorney-General George Brandis, Minister for Women Tanya Davies, Justice Hon Michael Keenan MP

Help Take 5 put victims of domestic violence in control!

A piece of paper isn’t enough to keep domestic violence victims safe. Since Sydney mum-of-four Jean Lennon was shot and killed by her ex-husband on the steps of the Family Law Court 21 years ago, with an AVO document in her hand, not much has been done to save victims’ lives.  On average one Aussie woman dies each week at the hands of a partner or an ex. Almost one quarter of these victims had already taken out an AVO against their murderer. This is a national disgrace. Here at Take 5 magazine we're demanding the government do more to keep women safe. We've demanded tougher sentences and imprisonment for violent offenders who breach an AVO. But that alone isn't enough. And the technology exists to better protect women and warn them that they are in danger. The NSW government is currently leading the way on GPS tracking with a system being trialled which has the option to alert victims, as well as police, when an abuser breaches a pre-set radius. These GPS tracking units, in the form of an anklet, are worn by violent abusers at high risk of reoffending. The victim carries a device in her handbag that is used to call her if the monitoring centre believes she is in any danger, such as if the abuser goes within any pre-set distance of his victim. But the victim alert isn’t always used in NSW and nationally we need to do better. We want this system to be rolled out for all high risk offenders for sentencing, bail and parole and all victims need the option to receive this device. This system is currently being used internationally in countries such as Spain, Portugal and UK. In Spain, to date, 800 couples have taken part in the program over a 10-year period and in that time the country’s high rate of domestic violence deaths dropped to zero. These victims deserve to know if the man who attacked them is near so they can take action and be empowered to make their own decisions. She deserves the chance to take control.  This GPS system that notifies both authorities and victims has saved lives so we're demanding our government give it a go. We're sending this petition to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Attorney General Brandis, Justice Hon Michael Keenan MP and Minister for Women Tanya Davies. Please sign it to show them you won’t stand to see more women killed at the hands of their current or ex partners. Enough is enough.

Take 5 magazine
1,311 supporters