Man beaters behind closed doors

Melanie Phillips - NEWS REVIEW

Domestic violence by women is rising as the balance of power in the home shifts their way Hitting out: women today have greater economic and sexual freedom, and are more inclined to use violence in a relationship. At a conference on women and the law at Dublin Castle last weekend, Cherie Blair made a stirring […]

Support Payments “Drove Man To Suicide”

Megan Doherty, Canberra Times

“You’ve Pushed Him To The Grave”, Ex-Partner Tells CSA Officer. Queenbeyan woman Kate Gibbs is convinced the pressure of making child support payments while being unable to build a new life of his own is what finally drove her former partner to commit suicide. Ms Gibbs and Warrant Gilbert always expected to support his three […]

Children tell MP: agency stole their life savings

Katharyn Heagney, Canberra Times

Four Queensland children have written to their local Member of Parliament claiming the Child Support Agency ‘ stole’ their life savings to help pay their father’s $43,000 child-support debt.
The children, aged between nine and 15 years, said in the letter $2099.32 had been seized on Christmas Eve from a bank savings account their father operated as trustee for them.

Striking a balance on violence orders – editorial opinion 1999

The Australian - editorial

[Eds note: There’s plenty of opportunities to respond to this editorial about the incorrect assumption that only women and children are victims of domestic violence. The Australian is trying to create further discussion – so please write in to Post GPO Box 4162 Sydney NSW 2001or Fax to 02 9288 2824 or 02 9288 3077 […]

AVOs: Apprehended violence industry or disease?

Trevor Nyman Law Society Journal (NSW, Australia), page 52. Cite as (1999) 37 (11) LSJ 52

About the author: Trevor Nyman is an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law and adjunct professor at University of Technology, Sydney. He is a foundation member of the Criminal Law Committee and supervising editor of the College of Law papers on crime and advocacy. SINCE 1951 THERE HAVE BEEN provisions in the NSW Crimes Act for […]

Gender Differences in Patterns of Relationship Violence in Alberta

Donald Dutton, Marilyn Kwong & Kim Batholomew - CANADIAN JOURNAL OF BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE, 1999, 31:3, 150-160

Men and women, respectively, reported similar one-year prevalence rates of husband-to-wife violence (12.9% and 9.6%) and wife-to-husband violence (12.3% and 12.5%). However, differential gender patterns of reporting were identified. On average, men reported that they and their female partners were equally likely to engage in violent acts and to initiate violent conflicts.

Females in a fury

Melbourne Age, 4/2/99, By PAULYNE POGORELSKE

A rise in female crime figures is challenging preconceptions of the “gentler” sex.
Anne, a 29-year-old mother of four young children, recently spent nine months in jail or the armed robbery of a Footscray clothes shop.
Equipped with a stolen bolt-action rifle in January 1996, she held up two women, threatening to shoot them unless they opened the till. When they refused, Anne grabbed a handbag from one of the women and ran out of the shop. No shots were fired.
She received a 23-month sentence, but was paroled after nine months and released in July 1997.

My dearest children

Bettina Arndt, Sydney Morning Herald,

If you are male, working long hours to support the family but facing a shaky marriage, watch out. In the event of a marriage breakdown, you would find that dedication to work would leave you thoroughly the loser in divorce negotiations.

Coalition rejects Child Support Tribunal – 1998

Men's Rights Agency

The recent minimal changes to child support legislation announced by Senator Jocelyn Newman on 30th September 1997, were put to Parliament for a 2nd reading on Thursday, 14th May 1998. Many politicians from both sides of the House, feel the changes have not gone far enough and have privately expressed their disappointment the amendments will […]

Rise of Australian Fathers’ Groups Worries Feminist “Scholars”

Sue Price, Director, Men's Rights Agency, 1998

The rise of fathers’ rights groups in Australia is obviously causing great concern among feminist academics, prompting the production of a 50 page critique paper about the groups.
The paper, “Fathers’ Rights Groups in Australia and their Engagement with Issues in Family Law”, was written by by Miranda Kaye and Julia Tolmie, feminist lecturers at the Faculty of Law, Sydney University. It was published in the Australian Journal of Family Law in 1998.
Kaye and Tolmie interviewed father’s / men’s rights groups under false pretenses and supported their paper’s feminist conclusions with selective content from some submissions provided to government inquiries.
Kaye and Tolmie displayed their lack of impartiality in their paper’s lead-in paragraph by featuring one of the most objectionable statements every made by Alistair Nicholson, the Chief Justice of the Family Court. Nicholson publicly accused those who disagreed with his views on the practices of the Family Court, mostly men, of being “discontented litigants, sometimes obviously dysfunctional”.