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1. Federal Government announces domestic violence measures.
The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull will today outline a series of practical domestic violence measures aimed at stopping domestic violence in Australia.
The commitment aims to put domestic violence at the forefront of the nation’s conscience.
In his first major announcement as Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull will commit at least $41 million of a $100 million commitment towards training, support and school programs.
He will announce the measures with the Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, and former Victorian police chief Ken Lay.
News Limited reports that these measures include GPS tracking for serious perpetrators, training for emergency workers and hospital staff.
$15m of the package will be put towards placing duty lawyers in hospitals, and specialist teams of lawyers and social workers funded for legal assistance services.
$5m over three years will be put towards an expansion of the safter schools program that will focus on respectful relationships.
Areas with higher rates of abuse will be targeted by “local support co-ordinators”, who will help women access services such as emergency housing and welfare assistance.
$1.4million will be put towards establishing community engagement police officers in remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory to encourage women to support domestic violence.
The Minister for Women, Michaela Cash said the new measures would show the Government’s commitment to taking “practical immediate action” against domestic violence.
“We all have a role to play in ending this vile epidemic, and we are all responsible for effecting change: in our families, schools, sport teams, workplace, and communities,” Senator Cash told The Courier-Mail.
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2. Step-father charged over murder of 12-year old girl.
NSW Police have charged a 31-year-old man with the murder of his 12-year-old stepdaughter in the Hunter Valley after her mother found her body in her bed early yesterday morning.
Detective Superintendent Craig Jackson said the girl’s body showed “signs of violence”, however there was no murder weapon.
Police arrested the girl’s stepfather driving away from the scene.
Fairfax Media reports that there are suspicions the girl was beaten before she was sent to bed .
The body did show some signs of violence, but in so far as when violence was inflicted, we are still making inquiries in relation to that,” Det Sup Jackson said.