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

Nine Teens Charged for Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent After Assault on Sydney Man

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Nine teenagers ranging from 15 to 18 years of age, have been arrested following the stabbing of a 36-year-old man. On the night of the 31st of July, police attended the scene in which the man was found, suffering a stab wound to his face and other serious ...continue reading

The New Laws on Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System: The Diversionary Pathway

  There is an available legislative framework for a NSW court to determine criminal proceedings where the accused or defendant has mental health issues relevant to the case. This legislative framework is echoed in The Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘The Act’). It is a response to the increasing contact with the criminal ...continue reading

Footy Game Ends in Stabbing of Three Men Resulting in Charges of Wounding with Intent

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Whilst rugby league may be known for the occasional biffo between players, an incident at an under 20s football game between the Wentworthville Magpies and Penrith Brothers which has ended in the stabbing of three men, has shocked the community. The match had supposedly ended in a usual ...continue reading

Concerns Reignited for Prisoners Amid Further Outbreaks of COVID-19

By Poppy Morandin.   There are reportedly 70 inmates in lockdown within Silverwater Correctional Complex after coming into close contact with a staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.  Within their advocacy efforts, The Greens have issued an open letter to Anthony Roberts, Minister for Corrections detailing the “significant concerns…about the lockdown at Silverwater ...continue reading

Law on the Age of Criminal Responsibility in NSW: An Interview with Greens MP David Shoebridge

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Despite a strong campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, the decision has been deferred to 2021, following concerns that further work needs to be done regarding processes and services for children who exhibit offending behaviour. The issue was discussed at the meeting ...continue reading

NSW Man Charged with Peeping into Wagga Wagga Home Before Punching Police Officer

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A 34-year-old man from NSW has been charged after he was allegedly caught peeping into a home in the state’s Riverina region before assaulting a police officer. NSW Police reports that on 15 June 2020, officers were called to a home in Mount Austin following statements a man ...continue reading

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