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Family Violence Support


"Is it possible to change angry and vioent behaviour?", Moataz Hamde, ABC Life, 17 December, 2019
16 January 2020

Jacquie Watt, CEO No to Violence:

Often the starting point of the conversation for these men is they weren't at fault; someone else was.
"Men will often refuse to account for their own... Read More

"People are dying: it's time for a new approach to stop domestic violence", Fiona Martin, The Age, January 3, 2020
3 January 2020
Perpetrator accountability should be front and centre of any approach to stopping domestic and family violence. This opinion piece from The Age states that we must look at the mental health and other ... Read More
"From Jill Meagher to Aiia Maasarwe: The murders that changed Melbourne over the past decade", Bianca Hall & Adam Cooper, The Age, December 30,2019
30 December 2019

'On average, more than one woman is murdered by her partner or ex-partner every week in Australia...But some murders grip the public consciousness more than others. The spectre of a monster lurking... Read More

"How does domestic and family violence impact on children?" Child Wise - News
22 December 2019
How does domestic and family violence impact on children? "Whether children experience violence themselves or witness this behaviour, this violence can have long-lasting impacts on their well-being a... Read More
"Youth awards recognise young leaders like Lachie", Rochelle Kirkham, The Courier, July 29 2019
29 July 2019
Last year Ballarat Grammar student Lachie won the Positive Youth Leader Award, City of Ballarat Youth Awards, for his work leading his school mates to create backpacks filled with supplies to donate... Read More
"Share the Dignity August collection campaign provides pads and tampons to women in need, Rochelle Kirkham, The Courier, July 26 2019
26 July 2019
WRISC is a regular beneficiary of Share the Dignity's drives to provide women and girls with the necessary requirements to manage menstruation with dignity. We are able to distribute pads, tampons an... Read More
"Specialist family violence training held for police, court and support agencies," Erin Williams, The Courier, July 25 2019
25 July 2019
More than 70 people from Ballarat's support services, police, the judiciary and legal practitioners have received training to help tackle family violence.  The first of three multi-disciplinary t... Read More
After a deadly month for domestic violence, the message doesn't appear to be getting through", Silke Meyer, The Conversation, November 03, 2018
3 November 2018
"In order to make domestic violence everyone's business rather than an issue solely for women, awareness campaigns need to...address how perpetrators manipulate victims, their families and their commu... Read More
"It's Time For Violence Against Women To Stop", Sarah Grant,, October 31, 2018
31 October 2018
"What we are taught as children inevitably shapes the people we become. As a new campaign targeting violence against women asks us to question outdated behaviours, Australia's Sex Discrimination Commi... Read More
"It's Time To Stop The Slaughter Of Women In Our Neighbourhoods", Natasha Stott Despoja,, October 28, 2018
28 October 2018

In the month of October, we have seen a woman killed nearly every two days. Why is this not seen as a national emergency?

Please click here to read a powerful piece written by Natasha Stott ... Read More

"Fury as more graffiti hits anti-violence sign put up after mum's death," Simone Fox Koob, Sydney Morning Herald, September 4, 2018
4 September 2018

The type of behaviour outlined in this article falls on a spectrum of what is called "resistance". Resistance occurs when a person is threatened, or perceives they are being threatened, by change.... Read More

"Thinking of the kids suffering domestic violence trauma", Rochelle Kirkham, The Courier, September 2, 2018
2 September 2018

WRISC is the very grateful recipient of "Friendship (Buddy) Bags", a project coordinated by Year 11 Ballarat Grammar student Lachie. The aim of the project is twofold: to provide emotional and pra... Read More

"Family violence survivor Stacey speaks to shine light on dark shadows," Melanie Whelan, The Courier, August 29, 2018
29 August 2018

"Stacey constantly feels like she is walking on egg shells. Free for years now, the family violence survivor says the experience still impacts her life. Stacey speaks out in the hope to change comm... Read More

"Parents can promote gender equality and help prevent violence against women. Here's how.", Gemma Hamilton, Anastasia Powell and Naomi Pfitzner, originally published in The Conversation, July 30, 2018
30 July 2018

Australia's world-first national framework to prevent violence against women identifies challenging rigid gender roles and stereotypes as a key action in preventing such action in the first place.<... Read More

"The book that had defined my outlook on sexism", Jane Caro, Sydney Morning Herald, July 29, 2018
29 July 2018
"It was then I had my epiphany. I realised that feminism is actually a fight by one half of the population to be taken seriously by the other half." This is Jane Caro's realisation of what defines he... Read More
'My kids aren't afraid of me anymore,' Jane Gilmore, The Age, June 28, 2018
28 June 2018
Read how men's behaviour change programs are rebuilding families - and lives in this article from The Age.  '...some men are ordered come to group by courts. Others go after an incident shocks th... Read More
'Eurydice Dixon murder: not all men are violent, but all men can prevent violence,' Joshua Badge, ABC News, June 21, 2018
21 June 2018
'The "not all men" rhetoric does nothing to address underlying conditions which lead to violence against women.  Quite the opposite:  it distracts from meaningful discussions and solutions.'... Read More
'Bendigo and central Victoria, as many gather for vigils following the death of Eurydice Dixon, we must do more to protect women and children from violence, Nicole Ferrie, Bendigo Advertiser, June 17, 2018
17 June 2018
Nicole Ferrie, editor of the Bendigo Advertiser, has written an open letter to the community about protecting women and children from violence.  The sad fact is that most women and children are n... Read More
"Rosie Batty to speak at event challenging family violence, Rochelle Kirkman, The Courier, May 21, 2018
21 May 2018
Ballarat and surrounding areas have some of the highest rates of family violence in Western Victoria. This is unacceptable and requires a whole of community response to bring about cultural change. ... Read More
"My family was ripped apart by violence - and the killer was not a 'good bloke'", Rebecca Poulson, The Age, May 16, 2018
16 May 2018

In this article from The Age, Rebecca Poulson writes about the recent tragic case of familial homicide in Margaret River, focussing on the way the media reports on such cases. She questions the at... Read More

"The problem with the 'good bloke' narrative", Clementine Ford, Sydney Morning Herald, May 14, 2018
14 May 2018
In this article, Clementine Ford discusses problems with the "good bloke" narrative used by the media in cases of familial homicide. Ford writes about how this narrative allows perpetrators of domesti... Read More
"The essential ingredient to creating a future free from violence against women," Emily Maguire, CEO Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, March 29, 2018
29 March 2018
March 29 marks the second anniversary of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and the establishment of Respect Victoria, the state's new prevention agency, which will continue the work of prevent... Read More
"Fair Work umpire rejects ACTU bid for more family-friendly hours", Anna Patty, Sydney Morning Herald, March 26, 2018
26 March 2018
While granting some workers 5 days of unpaid leave to deal with the effects of family violence is a step in the right direction, the practicality and usefulness of unpaid leave is questionable. Women... Read More
"International Women's Day: Ballarat and Grampians gender equality a slow process", Ashleigh McMillan, The Courier, March 8, 2018
8 March 2018
To mark International Women's Day, Women's Health Grampians has released the "Gender Equality in the Grampians Region" report. This report is about our own community, and the findings show that the p... Read More
"The shocking tales of elder abuse victims", Rebecca Turner, ABC News, March 4, 2018
4 March 2018
The cases of elder abuse outlined in this article were shared with a Western Australian Parliamentary Enquiry. Statistically, elder abuse is perpetrated mostly against women over 60 years of age, and ... Read More
"Welfare changes to disadvantage family violence victims, advocates say", Stephanie Peatling, The Age, February 12, 2018
12 February 2018
Women in violent relationships will find it harder to leave their partners because of changes to the welfare system proposed by the Turnbull government.  Welfare groups say one of the measures co... Read More
"Domestic violence advocates call for awareness of brain injury among survivors", Lucy Cormack, The Age, February 4, 2018
4 February 2018
Last year, 47 women died violently in Australia, the majority in situations of family violence.  This year the count is already at 7.  But there is no way of counting the number of women who... Read More
"New domestic violence laws to target drunk men who breach restraining orders," Michael Kozial, Sydney Morning Herald, December 6, 2017
6 December 2017
At last there is some movement on the federal front to target weaknesses in federal laws when dealing with family violence. Violent men who breach personal protection injunctions (issued by the Family... Read More
"Colourful van empowers children affected by family violence," Siobhan Calafiore, The Courier, November 26, 2017
26 November 2017
A cubby on wheels!  Read about the progress made by the WRISC/Moorabool Shire Pilot Project, Van Go.  The Van Go van is on the road taking art, music and play therapy to children affected by... Read More
"Ballarat's Hop Lane brollies turning white for support", Melanie Whelan, The Courier, November 6, 2017
6 November 2017
Ballarat's Hop Temple has teamed with foodie favourites across the city to promote the White Ribbon campaign preventing men's violence against women.  WRISC will be benefiting from a percentage o... Read More
"Cost of leaving violent relationship is $18,000 and 141 hours: ACTU", SBS World News, November 5, 2017
5 November 2017
The Australian Council of Trade Unions has released daunting new figures showing how costly and difficult it is for victims of abusive relationships to leave.  These figures have been released as... Read More
"Girls just wanna have...fundamental equality", Miki Perkins, The Age, October 10, 2017
1 November 2017

Have you heard the one about about feminism being irrelevant in today's world - that the fight for equality has been won? Feminism is, you know, so 1970s.  The answers given by young girls in... Read More

"Mobile van to provide support to children in regional Victoria traumatised by family violence," Charlotte King, ABC, August 11, 2017
11 August 2017
WRISC together with Moorabool Shire are involved in an exciting new pilot project called "Van Go".  This innovative project brings the therapy space to children who have experienced family violen... Read More
'Submit to your husbands': Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God, Julia Baird and Hayley Gleeson,, July 18,2017
18 July 2017
A type of domestic abuse rarely discussed in Australia is that of spiritual abuse, where an abuser uses/misuses religious teachings and doctrines to abuse and/or control another person. "...concern h... Read More
"Rosie Batty leads star effort against domestic violence in Ballarat," Jeremy Venosta, The Courier, July 16, 2017
16 July 2017
On Sunday July 16, Family Violence Prevention Advocate and former Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, came to Ballarat to join in marking the end of the One Million Stars to End Violence campaign. 47... Read More
"Paid domestic violence leave on its way," Jessica Black, The Courier, July 14, 2017
14 July 2017
Even though the Fair Work Commission has failed to mandate paid domestic violence leave, many of Ballarat's major employers already provide such leave, acknowledging that an all-of-community response ... Read More
"Bid for paid domestic violence leave rejected", Anna Patty, The Age, July 3, 2017
3 July 2017

While the Fair Work Commission has rejected the union bid for 10 days of paid domestic violence leave for all workers, the need for domestic violence leave is recognised in the following 'prelimina... Read More

"Audiences can push media to help stop violence against women," Jane Gilmore, Sydney Morning Herald, June 30, 2017
30 June 2017
Demand for change in the way violence against women is portrayed in the media usually focuses on journalists and media organisations themselves. In this article (which also appears in The Age), Jane G... Read More
"Clementine Ford: The male victims of domestic violence we need to listen to," Clementine Ford, The Age, June 20, 2017
20 June 2017
In this thought provoking article, Clementine Ford examines the way family violence is often portrayed in the media, particularly in cases of family homicide. These acts can be depicted as aberrations... Read More
"Domestic violence rates continue to rise across state", Michelle Smith, The Courier, May 31, 2017
31 May 2017
This article in The Courier looks at why reporting of family violence is rising across the state of Victoria. Rural and regional locations have higher rates of family violence than metro areas. Grap... Read More
"Huge boost to fight family violence in Ballarat," Brendan Wrigley, The Courier, May 17, 2017
17 May 2017
WRISC is thrilled to announce that it has secured a share in the Victorian Government's $22.87 million investment in therapeutic responses to family violence. This looks beyond crisis response to lon... Read More
"Victim calls for better protections for women at court", Jessica Black, The Courier, May 16, 2017
16 May 2017
A family violence victim who was forced to come face to face with her former partner while waiting for her court case to be heard is calling for better separation of victims and perpetrators at Ballar... Read More
"Lawyers call for country court upgrades", Jessica Black, The Courier, May 9, 2017
9 May 2017
Facilities at many small, country courts are often inadequate with concerns about privacy and safety. Lawyers and clients regularly conduct consultations in cars. WRISC provides court support at the ... Read More
"Government promise for safer courts welcomed", Jessica Black, The Courier, May 4, 2017
4 May 2017
On Wednesday May 3, 2017, WRISC workers Anita and Alison attended a meeting with many other representatives from agencies in the Ballarat and Central Highlands region to discuss the impact of the Vic... Read More
"Victorian budget: 'Brilliant $1.9b family violence package will saves lives, advocates say' ", Jane Cowan, ABC News, May 2, 2017
2 May 2017
The Victorian Government has announced an unprecedented budget allocation of $1.9 billion to combat family violence in the Victorian community. Full details in the article here.
"Art to help vulnerable," Jeremy Venosta, The Courier, April 4, 2017
4 April 2017
WRISC is excited to be the recipient of $6000 via the City of Ballarat's Community Impact Grants Program. The money is being used to establish a dedicated Art Therapy studio for children who have been... Read More
'Covert violence': The hidden cost of financial abuse, Georgina Dent, The Age, March 10 2017
10 March 2017
Economic abuse is systematic behaviour, not just poor financial descision making, and it is used as a tactic to gain control of another person.  Read the full article here.
'Anne Summers' call to arms on International Women's Day: Calling yourself a feminist is not enough', Jenna Price, The Age, March 8 2017
8 March 2017

Happy International Women's Day!

In this article, writer and feminist, Anne Summers states that it is not enough to call oneself a feminist. Action must accompany the words. She also identif... Read More

"Long way to go before women get a fair go, as jealousy lurks", Editorial, The Age, March 3 2017
3 March 2017
One in three young Australians think it's hard to respect a woman in revealing clothing, and one in five think jealousy is a sign of love.  About the same number think men should be head of the h... Read More
"Funding cuts to hurt regional family violence victims:, Alicia Thomas, The Courier, February 20.2017
20 February 2017
While agencies and services that support family violence survivors are benefiting from increased funding from the Victorian State Government, the Federal Government is cutting funding to vital legal s... Read More
"Act on warning signs of violence in Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital," Melanie Whelan, The Courier, Feb 2, 2017
2 February 2017
Social worker, Anna Grimes, has begun foundation work with Ballarat Health Services for a coordinated approach to better support patients experiencing family violence.  Read the full story here.<... Read More
"Kobe Bennett, 12, awarded a Human Rights Award for his work against family violence," Vanessa Brown,, January 9, 2017
9 January 2017
Children are often the silent victims of family violence.  Kobe, aged 12, has written a book to help other kids in a similar situation to him.  Read more...
"Counting dead women and domestic violence in Australia: How did we do in 2016?", Daisy Dumas, The Age, December 30, 2016
30 December 2016
As we welcome in the New Year, 2017, it is worth pausing to consider how the Australian community is travelling with regards to family violence and violence against women in general. The statistics ar... Read More
"Safety a priority at Xmas cops say", Olivia Shying, The Courier, 19 December, 2016
19 December 2016
Western Division Family Violence Unit Sergeant Justin Johnston has stated that Christmas is the busiest time of year for family violence unit members.  "We see an increase in family violence to t... Read More
"Family Violence: Victorian Government releases 10-year plan," Loretta Florance & Jean Edwards, ABC News, November 24, 2016
24 November 2016
The Victorian Government has released a 10-year plan in response to the state's Royal Commission into Family Violence, which will include law reforms to prioritise the safety of victims over the priva... Read More
"Ballarat's gender equality forum empowers women," Melissa Cunningham, The Courier, November 16, 2016
16 November 2016

Two of Australia's leading feminists ventured to Ballarat to discuss gender equality.  Gold Walkley award-winning journalist and former politician Mary Delahunty was joined... Read More

'Women are being traumatised': Rosie Batty call to end cross-examination by 'abusers', Stephanie Peatling, The Age, October 25, 2016
25 October 2016
Only in a family law case can the victim of violence face cross-examination by their alleged abuser.  This can lead to people using the legal processes as a means of furthering family violence.&n... Read More
"Daniel Andrews still waiting for PM's answer on his family violence leave plans", Josh Gordon, The Age, October 18, 2016
18 October 2016
Victoria is demanding an overhaul of national workplace laws to make family violence leave a mandatory provision in all employment contracts.  Read the full article here.
"Young women deserve the right to live free from harrassment, abuse and inequality", Mary Barry, Chief Executive, Our Watch, The Age, October 11, 2016
11 October 2016

In a survey by Our Watch and Plan International, less than one in 10 young women (aged 15 - 19) feel they are treated equally to young men.  Read more on the survey and the nature of gender... Read More
'I'm not paying for that': Financial abuse is awfully common, Bianca Hartge-Hazelman,, September 6, 2016
6 September 2016
A form of abuse not so often recognised is financial abuse. As with all forms of abuse, financial abuse is about power and control. Women can be particularly vulnerable to financial abuse due to ear... Read More
"Domestic violence: Men's behaviour change program works", Miki Perkins, The Age, September 4, 2016
4 September 2016
Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended a boost to heavily over subscribed men's behavioural change programs.  In the most recent budget, $1 million was put towards these pro... Read More
"Victorian workplaces take the lead in preventing violence against women", Nicola Hart, Our Watch, August 24, 2016
24 August 2016
"Workplaces have great influence over people's lives and communities, and have an opportunity to help drive cultural change needed to prevent violence against women and their children," Mary Barry CEO... Read More
"Family violence: fines not an effective deterrent: study shows", Calla Wahlquist, The Guardian, August 23, 2016
23 August 2016
53% of people sentenced for breaching family violence intervention orders in Victoria reoffend within 5 years.  People who breached family violence intervention orders had a higher rate of reoffe... Read More
"300 new homes for family violence survivors", Benjamin Preiss, The Age, July 31 2016
31 July 2016
In a deal between the state government and the community housing sector, 16 community housing groups will buy and lease 300 new homes for family violence survivors.  Access to housing was a major... Read More
"A cycle of violence: when a woman's murder is called 'understandable'", Laura Bates, The Guardian, July 27, 2016
27 July 2016
In this article, Laura Bates argues that couching male violence against women that absolves the perpetrator of responsibility reinforces a culture that doesn't value female lives.  Read the artic... Read More
"Like father, like son: how the damage from emotional abuse gets passed down", Kasey Edwards, The Age, July 27 2016
27 July 2016
Not all abuse is physical.  Verbal abuse, belittling and financial and emotional control can be just as damaging.  Such behaviour is often not recognised by perpetrators as domestic abuse.&n... Read More
"We can't let the misogynist banter of Eddie McGuire slip past", Miki Perkins, The Age, June 19, 2016
19 June 2016
Collingwood President, Eddie McGuire's, on radio antics with mates James Brayshaw and Wayne Carey, have been characterised and excused by McGuire as lighthearted banter and a joke.  The "joke" ce... Read More
"Family Court decisions can lead to 'diabolic' situations, says Rosie batty", Rachel Browne, The Age, June 15, 2016
15 June 2016
Rosie Batty has called for a new domestic violence test in custody cases to determine whether it is safe for children to spend time with either parent.  "All judges and magistrates involved in Fa... Read More
"Rosie Batty: Trauma of violence never leaves children", Melissa Cunningham, The Courier, June 14, 2016
14 June 2016
At a luncheon in Ballarat to launch Berry Street's "Ballarat is no place for violence" campaign, former Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, focused on how the trauma of witnessing and/or experiencing... Read More
Family violence dominates Ballarat police duties, Olivia Shying, The Courier, June 7, 2016
7 June 2016
Family violence is now making up more than a third of all reported assault cases in Ballarat, with the severity increasing when repeat offenders are affected by drugs and alcohol.  Crime Statisti... Read More
Daylesford Family Violence Outreach Program - WRISC hopes to reinstate service - Priority for Women, Amber Wilson, The Courier, June 6, 2016
6 June 2016
Women and children in Daylesford experiencing family violence many soon benefit from the reinstating of WRISC's outreach service.  The news comes following a visit from the Minister for the Preve... Read More
Domestic abuse is not easier to cope with when it's not physical, Jacinta Tynan, The Age, May 23, 2016
23 May 2016
Greater public awareness about the unacceptability of male violence against women is gradually shifting community attitudes so that the shame is moving from the victim to where it belongs - with the p... Read More
Don't leave women with disabilities behind in domestic violence fight, Sue Salthouse, The Age, May 4, 2016
4 May 2016
Women with disability are 40% more likely to experience domestic violence than their non-disabled counterparts.  Rates are also significantly higher for sexual violence.  If a woman does hap... Read More
Court safety needs to be a priority, The Courier, April 28, 2016
28 April 2016
Navigating the legal system can further add to the trauma of women experiencing family and domestic violence. Safety of women attending court in regional Victoria is of major concern.  Some of th... Read More
'He just did it 'cause he likes you': Government unveils confronting ad campaign to tackle domestic violence, Judith Ireland, The Age, April 20, 2016
20 April 2016
The Federal Government has launched a confronting new ad campaign designed to get parents, teachers and coaches to clamp down on disrespectful and aggressive behaviour by boys and young men.  The... Read More
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews throws down a gauntlet on family violence, Moo Baulch, The Age, April 14, 2016
14 April 2016
Standing alongside his Minister for Women and Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson, Rosie Batty and family violence sector advocates, Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, has announced that h... Read More
Let's bust some myths about what drives violence against women, Mary Barry, The Age, April 14, 2016
14 April 2016
In this article, Mary Barry, Chief Executive of Our Watch, debunks some myths about what drives violence against women.  This is in response to the discourse about drivers of violence against wom... Read More
Family violence hub for Ballarat, Matthew Dixon, The Courier, 31 March 2016
31 March 2016
Ballarat is expected to be one of the locations for the one-stop safety hubs listed as a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.  WRISC executive officer, Libby Jewson, sai... Read More
Royal Commission: at last, a much-needed road map to navigate family violence, Miki Perkins, The Age, 30 March 2016
30 March 2016
Too often the response to women and children escaping family violence has fallen short.  The state's family violence system has been a patchwork of services, chronically underfunded and largely i... Read More
Domestic violence: Daniel Andrews vows to overhaul 'broken' support system after commission report, Stephanie Anderson, ABC, 30 March 2016
30 March 2016
Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, has vowed the State Government would implement all of the Royal Commission's 227 recommendations.  Mr Andrews states that family violence is Australia's number ... Read More
LGBTIQ communities experiencing alarming rates of domestic violence - report
10 March 2016
A New South Wales report has found that people in non-heterosexual relationships suffer emotional and verbal abuse specific to their gender identity and sexual preferences.  In the study, 53% of ... Read More
Overwhelmed family courts are falling short on domestic violence
29 February 2016
Children's commissioner, Megan Mitchell, has questioned whether family courts can properly deal with the damage family violence does to children at the centre of custody battles.  Judges deciding... Read More
FOCUS ON PERPETRATORS - Domestic violence perpetrators learn they are not the victim in a unique Perth rehabilitation program.
25 February 2016
Breathing Space is a 12 week residential program for domestic violence perpetrators.  The men are constantly reminded that they are not the victims.  Residents participate in 4 hour group th... Read More
Family violence risk assessment system under review, Miki Perkins, The Age, February 4, 2016
4 February 2016
The way police and crisis workers assess the risk of death or injury among family violence victims will be reviewed, with the process likely to have a greater focus on children.  Information on r... Read More
Domestic Violence victims 'make up 36 per cent of demand for homelessness services', Simon Lauder, ABC, February 2, 2016
2 February 2016
A study has shown the link between domestic violence victims forced to leave their homes and homelessness.  There is a chronic shortage of accommodation for women and children at risk of family v... Read More
Women shouldn't have to be punching bags so men can cope, Kasey Edwards, The Age, January 25, 2016
25 January 2016
In this article, Kasey Edwards challenges Mark Latham's assertion on radio that men use family violence as a means of coping with the frustrations of being a man in today's world.  Views such as ... Read More
Indigenous women more likely to suffer family violence, Miki Perkins, The Age, January 21, 2016
21 January 2016
A new report from Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety confirms Indigenous women suffer higher levels of family violence, as well as injury and death, than non-Indigenous wome... Read More
Why mothers in abusive relationships struggle to parent by Cosima Marriner, The Age, January 10, 2016
10 January 2016
In this article, Cosima Marriner dicusses how women in abusive relationships struggle to parent effectively as their partner tries to control and undermine their bond with their children.  Abusi... Read More
Port Lincoln deaths, a tragedy but also a crime, Clementine Ford, The Age, January 6, 2016
6 January 2016
In this article, Clementine Ford looks at the need to examine the crime behind the tragedies of family murder-suicides.  The perpetrators of these crimes are often portrayed in the media as "top ... Read More
Rosie Batty thanked for her tireless work
9 October 2015
Rosie Batty thanked for her tireless workBy:  JENNA PRICE, The Courier, 30th September, 2015

It's horrifying to think of a young child battered to death by his father. On Monday, it wa... Read More
Film festival explores family violence causes
9 October 2015

Film festival explores family violence causes
By: MELISSA CUNNINGHAM, The Courier, 6th October, 2015

A SHORT film festival delving into the complex triggers of family violence, w... Read More
Facing up to epidemic of domestic violence
7 October 2015

Facing up to epidemic of domestic violence
PENNY JANE BURKE -The Courier, 7th October 2015
Violence against women is rampant in Australia. The estimated cost of violence against women ... Read More
Funding failes to address cause
3 October 2015

Funding fails to address cause
THE VICIOUS CYCLE: An analysis of how family violence commonly unfolds and the siniste... Read More
Shelter calls for victims fleeing violence
3 October 2015

Shelter calls for victims fleeing violenceMELISSA CUNNINGHAM- The Courier, 3rd October 2015
ON THE FRONTLINE: WRISC executive manager Anita Kolle and family violence support worker Asha Mil... Read More
Call to get tougher on repeat FV offenders
28 September 2015

Call to get tougher on repeat FV offenders
KIM QUINLAN- The Courier, 28th September 2015
GETTING TOUGH: A Ballarat family violence survivor is calling for harsher penalties
 ... Read More
Cause of violence against women
28 September 2015

Cause of violence against women
The Courier, 28th September 2015
Fairfax ACM mastheadfs and Our Watch have joined forces in a new campaign.
The causes of violence against women ar... Read More
A brave new world
28 September 2015

A brave new world
KIM QUINLAN, The Courier, 28th September 2015
BRAVE: Family violence survivor and mum of two, Melita Brimblecombe believes there should be tougher penalties for peopl... Read More
Educate our young to end the violence
28 September 2015

Educate our young to end the violenceEND THE CYCLE. The Courier, 28th September 2015
ONE in three young people don't think exerting control over someone else is a form of violence.
See... Read More
Young urged to reject violence
28 September 2015

Young urged to reject violence
END THE CYCLE. The Courier, 28th Spetember 2015
TAKING A STAND: Through The Line campaign, young people are being encouraged to reject violence and devel... Read More
Eureka Mums' Work Gets Government Nod
28 September 2015

Eureka Mums' work gets government nod
ALEX HAMER The Courier, 28th September 2015

Helpers: Erin Malone and Shae Eva with Tyler Campbell with the packs they send out to vulnerable... Read More
Stop Domestic Violence for all time
28 September 2015
Stop domestic violence for all timeThe Age, 28th September 2015
Something shifted in this nation 19 months ago, when Luke Batty died at the hands of his mentally ill father. On hearing, in the af... Read More
Penalties do not reflect the seriousness of fearful assault
9 September 2015


Penalties do not reflect the seriousness of fearful assault

By ANITA KOELLE, Business Manager for The WRISC Team. Published in The Courier September 12, 2015.

FUNDING: Anita Koelle, Julie McMahon, Kate Hearn and Libby Jewson discuss the future of... Read More

Film festival stands against violence
27 July 2015

Film festival stands against violenceBy MELISSA CUNNINGHAM, The Courier, 21st July, 2015

ACTION: WRISC chief executive Libby Jewson and board member Jodie Ken... Read More

Rosie Batty: Treat family violence as seriously as terrorism
10 June 2015
Rosie Batty: Treat family violence as seriously as terrorism
By Matthew Knot, The Age, 3rd June, 2015

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Art will set the victims free.
14 May 2015

Art will set the victims free.
By FIONA HENDERSON, The Courier, 4th April, 2015.

Centre Against Sexual Assault art therapist Rebecca Norris. PIC: Justin... Read More

Sex assault victim breaks the silence.
14 May 2015

Betrayed by the legal system.
By FIONA HENDERSON, The Courier, April 25th 2015.
Angry: Ingrid Irwin was left feeling betrayed by the legal system after she came forward against her abu... Read More
1 Million Stars campaign launched in Ballarat
6 March 2015

1 Million Stars campaign launched in BallaratBy:DAVID JEAN,  The Courier, 6th March, 2015

Making a stand: Ballarat Grammar year 10 student Lillian Hearn and Ballarat's 1 Million ... Read More
Royal Commission into Family Violence a step in the right direction
6 February 2015

Royal Commission into Family Violence a step in the right directionBy DAVID JEANS, Jan 20, 2015
BALLARAT family violence agencies have called for increased funding after the release of the ... Read More
Funding to help 22 organisations in 2015
18 December 2014

Funding to help 22 organisations in 2015
By: ALICIA THOMAS, The Courier, 18th December 2014
The future of Ballarat's vulnerable people is brighter with the allocation of funds to 22 or... Read More
Family violence increase linked to ice abuse
22 August 2014

Family violence increase linked to ice abuseBy: DAVID JEANS, The Courier, 22nd August, 2014

EXPERTS and victims have warned thescourge of ice addiction in regional areas is having a d... Read More
Proposed Family Violence Law Changes 'A Step Forward'
21 August 2014

Proposed Family Violence Law Change 'A Step Forward'By: PATRICK BYRNE, The Courier, 20th August, 2014

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Family violence: Police plan to tag abusers
5 August 2014
Family violence: Police plan to tag abusers
By WILLIAM VALLELY The Courier, July 30, 2014

LOCAL family violence support groups have ... Read More

Action against family violence could save more than one life
1 August 2014

Action against family violence could save more than one lifeThe Courier
30th July, 2014

FAMILY violence has no boundaries. It doesn't discriminate against age, reli... Read More

The Sanders in the Andes Bolivia
19 May 2014
The Sanders in the Andes Bolivia

WRISC is proud to be a partner and supporter of The Sandersin the Andes project.

Juelz and Ben along with their two c... Read More

Rural women demand more funding for family violence support
6 May 2014
Rural women demand more funding for family violence support
ABC News
The World Today
5th May, 2014

Rural womendemand more funding for family violence support<... Read More

Ken Lay on family violence
5 May 2014
Ken Lay on family violence
Victoria Police News BLOG
Retrieved:  5th May, 2014

I want you all to imagine something with me. Imagine that each week an Australian is murdered at ... Read More

Family violence: a concern beyond price
28 April 2014
Family violence: a concern beyond priceApril 24, 2014
The Age

Steadily, ominously and seemingly irreversibly, the death count directly associated with family violence in Victoria continu... Read More

High-profile domestic violence murders 'tip of the iceberg'
24 April 2014
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Broadcast: 21/04/2014
Reporter: Sarah Ferguson

High-profile domestic violence mur... Read More
The danger of the monster myth
24 April 2014

The danger of the monster myth
By Tom Meagher, Tue 22 Apr 2014

We must not forget that most violence against women is perpetrated not by a stranger, but by men they know, w... Read More
Woman stabbed to death in Sunshine
17 April 2014

Woman stabbed to death in Sunshine

The Age 17/04/2014  Nick Toscano

A mother of four has been stabbed to death by her abusive partner soon after the pair left a court dispute in Mel... Read More

Looks like we've done it again, ladies
7 April 2014

Looks like we've done it again, ladiesBy Wendy Squires. The Age. 4th April 2014
It's all our fault, ladies. Just what, you ask? Well, after the past few weeks, let's err on the safe side an... Read More
Women, children denied help as support system struggles
3 April 2014

Women, children denied help as support system struggles

Fiona Henderson, The Courier, March 31, 2014

MORE than 60 women and children we... Read More

New law sparks jail fear for victims of abusive partners
3 April 2014

New law sparks jail fear for victims of abusive partners
By Jane Lee, The Age, 1st April 2014

Victim support groups fear women with abusive partners may be unfairly j... Read More

Take action now to protect the vulnerable
20 February 2014
Fiona McCormack  -  Herald Sun-  February 19, 2014
The murder of Luke Batty and the courage of his mother, Rosie, can't be overlooked, writes Fiona McCormack.Source: Supplied Read More
Charlie Pickering wants to talk about your priorities
16 January 2014
As details emerge of yet another death of a woman at the hands of her partner (click here to view Herald-Sun article), we thought the following article gave an interesting perspective. Comedian, write... Read More
Focus must be on men as we try to stop abuse
10 December 2013
Ken Lay - Herald Sun - 5th December 2013

Herald-Sun File Image

TODAY I will host a forum on violence against women. The audience will almost entirely be comprised of blokes - specif... Read More

Chief Commissioner Ken Lay says more men need to stand up against domestic violence
25 November 2013
Ellen Whinnett   Herald Sun

CHIEF Commissioner Ken Lay has put violent men who attack their wives and partners on notice: you will be vilified by the community.

Declaring family viol... Read More

Law is protecting the wrong people
29 October 2013
ELLEN WHINNETT Herald Sun October 16, 2013

RIGHT now, there's a man in Melbourne, considered a bit of a celebrity, who has a dirty little secret.

When his marriage broke down, he was viol... Read More

Natasha Stott Despoja visits WRISC
21 October 2013

Juelz Sanders

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A safe place to find a new lease on life
23 September 2013
By KIM QUINLAN. The Courier 23/09/2013
Abuse victim "Sarah" and her son "Jack" want to encourage other parents and children in similar situations to seek supp... Read More
Demand for WRISC Children's Program Rises
23 September 2013
By Kim Quinlan, The Courier 23/09/2013

NELSON Mandela once said "we owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."

In Ball... Read More

New space at WRISC for play, music and art as therapy
23 September 2013
By KIM QUINLAN, The Courier, 23/09/2013

Lilly, 9, tries out the new purpose-built space for traumatised children at Ballarat's WRISC organis... Read More

New Children's Room Opened!
20 September 2013

It has been longawaited, deeply desired and desperately needed for a long time and it isfinally a reality.

On Thursday19th September, with much e... Read More

Ballarat Workplaces challenged to Act@Work
5 September 2013

The Courier, 4th September 2013

Fiona Henderson

BALLARAT workplaces have been challenged to Act@Work.

An initiative of Women's Health Grampians, Act@Work is aim... Read More

Domestic violence drives Vic crime rate higher
29 August 2013

The Age, 28/08/2013  Nino Bucci

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay. Photo: Penny Stephens
Family violence continues to drive the state crime rate, with the second co... Read More
Phil Cleary: sister's death led to drive for justice
12 August 2013

The Courier, 10th August 2013, Kim Quinlan

Phil Cleary came from a loving, working class family.

His mum and dad "got on famously" and there was no kind of conflict or abuse in the... Read More

WRISC receives funding through Telstra Country Wide Grant
5 August 2013
WRISC has recently received $2,500 through the Telstra Country Wide Ballarat Community Fund grants for stage 2 of the "Spread the
Word" project.
The WRISC website has recently undergone a ma... Read More
Foundation being created to help protect women and kids from violence
29 July 2013
Ellen Whinnett, Herald-Sun July 25, 2013

A FOUNDATION will be established in Melbourne to develop prevention strategies to protect women and children from violence.

Former Dem... Read More
Family Violence Must End
23 July 2013
Herald-Sun - 22/07/2013
For generations, family violence has been Victoria's hidden disgrace.
We might have known it under another name. A domestic. A bloke giving his missus a touch-up. A p... Read More
1 victim killed a week: statistics
6 July 2013
The Courier, 6th July 2013
At least one woman a week in Australia is killed by a current or former partner, shocking statistics show.Information from the Australian Institute of Criminology indic... Read More
Ballarat woman tells painful story of abuse
6 July 2013
The Courier, 6th July 2013For nine years, Ballarat woman Jane* lived what she thought was a happy life.She was in a fantastic relationship with a person she considered her friend, her lover and her pa... Read More
WHO report highlights violence against women as a 'global health problem of epidemic proportions'
20 June 2013
New clinical and policy guidelines launched to guide health sector response20 June 2013 | Geneva - Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women ... Read More
Family violence driving up Victorian crime statistics
29 May 2013
Police say the overall recorded crime rate across the state has increased by 3.8 per cent, measured as a rate per 100,000 of the population.
The total number of offences recorded is up by 5.6 per... Read More
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