NSW Domestic Violence Laws Reform to Protect Companion Animals

Poppy Morandin.   Harming or threatening animals is now a form of intimidation under domestic violence legislation in New South Wales, following recent reform. Furthermore, the protection of animals will now be a standard Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) condition. “Perpetrators often use animals to coerce or control victims, threatening to hurt or kill pets to ...continue reading

Former White Ribbon Chairman and TV Host Faces Domestic Violence Charges

Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   The host of ‘The Chase Australia’ and former White Ribbon chairman, Andrew O’Keefe, will face court following being charged by police over an alleged domestic assault. The assault against his partner, Orly Lavee, allegedly occurred at an apartment in Randwick prior to 1am. Police arrested 49-year-old O’Keefe hours later ...continue reading

Study reveals majority of ‘revenge porn’ convictions linked to family violence

Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Victoria’s Sentencing Advisory Council has found that offences of ‘revenge porn’ are highly linked to family violence. The report, which is the first of its kind in Australia, revealed that 58% of image-based sexual abuse offences, were committed in the context of family violence. Image-based sexual abuse describes the ...continue reading

‘Home Improvement’ Actor Zachery Ty Bryan Now Sitting in Jail Cell for Allegedly Choking His Girlfriend

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   “Does everybody know what time it is? It’s Tool Time!” This was the famous phrase that came out of Home Improvement, the famous American sitcom that starred Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, played by renowned actor, Tim Allen. Alas, for his sidekick star, Zachery Ty Bryan, who played Tim’s eldest ...continue reading

The NSW Police’s Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP) to Effectively Reduce Crime

Poppy Morandin.   A report by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has defended the controversial proactive policing initiatives by the NSW Police within the Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP) by contending it effectively reduces crime. The STMP was designed to identify, assess, and target individuals who are suspected of being repeat offenders. The ...continue reading

Strike Force Irrabella Set Up to Investigate Domestic Violence Allegations Against Former South Sydney Rabbitohs Player

  It is reported that a strike force has been set up solely for the purpose of investigating allegations of domestic violence and drugs in respect of Sam Burgess, the previous South Sydney Rabbitohs player. The strike force is reportedly called Strike Force Irrabella. Reported in The Australian, prior to the elimination final game against ...continue reading

New Proposed Domestic Violence Laws on Criminalising ‘Coercive Control’: An Interview with Dr Karen Williams of Doctors Against Violence Towards Women

By Poppy Morandin.   Individuals in a domestic relationship who psychologically abuse their partners through practices known as ‘coercive control’ could face criminal prosecution, following a bill introduced by Labor MP Anna Watson to NSW Parliament. If passed, the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Amendment (Coercive Control—Preethi’s Law) Bill 2020 will amend the existing Crimes ...continue reading

Man Strangulates Partner in Domestic Violence Assault to Point Of Urination

  It is reported that 38-year-old David Glennie has strangled, kicked and punched his partner to the point of losing control of her bladder and urinating. The court heard that Glennie had lost his temper whilst he was intoxicated during a night out in November 2019. Glennie had lost his temper because if an irrational ...continue reading

Calls for dismissal of Police Officer who leaked information of alleged domestic violence victim: An Interview with the Doctors Against Violence Towards Women

By Poppy Morandin.   The uncertain status of whether a Queensland Police Officer will be dismissed, despite pleading guilty to leaking the information of an alleged domestic violence victim to her former partner, has sparked outrage. Senior Constable Neil Punchard accessed confidential police databases on nine occasions and supplied the address of the woman to ...continue reading

Man Sentenced for Grievous Bodily Harm Assault Against 83-Year-Old Woman

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was the middle of the night when 35-year-old Victorian man, Eric Phillip Pickford, broke into the home of an 83-year-old woman living nearby him in Morwell, and in his intoxicated state, bashed the elderly resident multiple times with a hammer. The 83-year-old was listening to the radio ...continue reading

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