Domestic Violence In Australia

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What is Domestic Violence and why does it even exist?
Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that manipulate another person in a negative way.
Domestic violence is one of the most common forms of violence against women in Australia. Estimates from crime victimization surveys have suggested that every year over 240,000 Australian adult women are physically assaulted and almost one-third of these assault victims have been physically assaulted by a current or previous partner (ABS 2006, social
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The law created new punishments for certain crimes and started programs to prevent violence and help victims. Over the years, the law has been expanded to provide more programs and services. At this stage, some included items are:
Violence prevention programs in communities
Protections for victims who are evicted from their homes because of events related to domestic violence or stalking
Funding for victim assistance services like rape crisis centers and hotlines
Programs to meet the needs of immigrant women and women of different races or
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The committee is a combined attempt between the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Examples of the committee 's efforts include the Community Checklist plan to make sure each community has domestic violence programs and the Toolkit to End Violence Against Women, the toolkit contains chapters for specific audiences.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline. This is a 24-hour, confidential, toll-free hotline. Hotline staff connect the caller to a local service provider. Trained advocates provide support, information, referrals, safety planning, and crisis intervention in more than 170 languages to hundreds of thousands of domestic violence victims each year.
The Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Program. Like many public health problems, intimate partner violence is not simply an individual problem — it is a community problem. DELTA supports local programs that teach people ways to prevent
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