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Shared care an unintended consequence - Australian Family Magazine
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IS VIOLENCE AGAINST THEIR CHILDREN
On White Ribbon Day 25 November 2009, the National Council for Children Post-Separation (NCCPS) called on the Family Court of Australia (FCA) to recognize that violence against women frequently involves violence against their children. A rally was held in Sydney on Sunday 22nd November to raise awareness in the FCA that violence to a parent is harmful to a child.
Domestic violence is the use of violence by one person to exert control over another within an intimate relationship and often takes the form of physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual, social, and financial abuse or a combination of such abuses.
"Violence against women is abhorrent but violence committed in the presence or hearing of children constitutes child abuse. It can be just as psychologically damaging to the child as being the recipient of the physical violence. For that reason alone, it has to be taken more seriously, especially by Family Courts," says Professor Freda Briggs, Emeritus Professor in Child Development at the University of South Australia who is a member of the Expert Panel for the NCCPS and author of some 16 books and a vast number of research articles relating to child abuse.
25 June 2009 - Sydney - Parents parade wounds in Court protest
A group of "blood-stained" and bandaged parents paraded at NSW Parliament House today, calling on the Family Court to stop ordering children to see abusive parents.
With arms in fake slings, artificially bruised faces and broken dolls in prams, about 30 mums, dads and grandparents took part in the "Bandage Parade" hoping to highlight the danger of giving unsupervised custody of children to abusive parents after separation...more
22 June 2009 - Canberra - Bandage Parade Protest at Parliament House makes an impact
Sprawling across the lawns of Parliament House, wrapped in bloodied bandages, arm slings seated in wheelchairs, some pushing injured dolls in strollers, the shock-value message was loud and clear - children are suffering at the hands of abusive parents, due to the Family Law Act...more
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Mayday! Safer Family Law national rally
On May 3, 2009 a national rally organised by journalist Barbara Biggs calling for changes in the way the Family Court deals with children in cases of domestic violence and child sexual abuse was held nationally. Rallies were held in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The rallies were a resounding success, attracting much interest through the many media representatives that attended, in addition to a multitude of concerned parents
Mayday! Sydney Rally photographs
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July 12, 2009 - Court puts women in danger
A WOMEN'S refuge was forced to change its name after its identity was revealed during a child custody case before the Federal Magistrates Court last week...more
June 17, 2009 - For a safer system
protesters campaigned for a safer family law system in Newcastle last week more
June 11, 2009 - Safer Family Law Radio interview
Radio interview with Freda Briggs, Emeritus Professor and childhood expert, University of SA - interviewed by Lainie Anderson, Radio 5aa, Adelaide - you can listen to the interview here
June 11,2009 - Rally makes quiet point to help protect children
AN army of protesters marched in silence through Newcastle mall yesterday to signify the closed suffering they said children were forced to endure through Australia's family law system...more
May 22, 2009 - Abuse reporting unified
AN overhaul of commonwealth agencies dealing with the public has been ordered, to create a single approach to reporting child abuse and domestic violence more
May 10, 2009 - Mum jailed for telling son she loves him
A woman has been denied access to her children for three years, accused of trying to turn them against their father more
May 5, 2009 - More power needed for abused kids
When her three-year-old boy came home from an access visit with his daddy asking to be touched in private places, a Sunshine Coast mum was aghast more
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A new support group rallying for social justice and change in the law - this group is for anyone who wants to get involved and help promote change. Also offering direct support from Family Court experienced mothers more