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Media wrap up: 22 - 28 September

Media wrap up: 22 - 28 September

Keeping your job: 20 day leave deal

It’s the beginning of a new wave of important workplace entitlements for people experiencing domestic violence. 23 September, 2010 The Age:

Victims of domestic violence will be able to take an extra 20 days a year of paid leave under an Australia-first deal struck between a Victorian regional council and a union. The deal between Torquay-based Surf Coast Shire and the Australian Services Union has been hailed as possibly the world's most progressive workplace agreement on family violence.

Homelessness - domestic violence link acknowledged in new state plan

Domestic violence is a significant cause of homelessness. Importantly, this has been formally acknowledged by the Victorian Housing Minister, Richard Wynne, when the state government launched a $42 million, 10 year plan to tackle homelessness. 23 September 2010 ABC News:

"We've identified particular life stages in people's lives when they find themselves homeless and there are a range of responses required," he said. "Whether it's family homelessness, young people, adults experiencing homelessness, people fleeing domestic violence or indeed rough sleepers, so we want to throw open the opportunity for our great service delivery sector, to say "here is an opportunity to try some new approaches to dealing with homelessness", he said.

The impact of good and poor parenting

Another study recognises the impact of domestic violence or abuse on children. Read more on our website about its effects on children, and what you can do. 21 September, 2010 The Age:

An Australian study has revealed the clear link between poor parenting and children who go on to experience mental health problems. Research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) shows roughly double the rate of depression and anxiety, among young adults who also report an abusive or unsupportive upbringing. Other figures from the AIFS shows that, at some point in their childhood, 5 to 10 per cent of Australian children will experience physical abuse, 11 per cent will face emotional abuse and 12 to 23 per cent will witness domestic violence. Up to eight per cent of boys and 12 per cent of girls will also experience severe child sexual abuse.

Feminism is not over

The recent Wheeler Centre ‘Intelligence Squared’ debate asked if feminism had failed – and received a resounding ‘no’. 27 September, 2010 The Age,  by Monica Dux:

To claim the movement is a failure is not only wrong, it fails to grasp its complexity. ... The very fact that we are able to define and discuss the many complex problems that women still face is due to feminism; that words such as sexual harassment, domestic violence, sexism - words we now take for granted - have entered the vernacular. Feminism has given us a language to talk about these issues. And in doing this, in putting them on the public agenda, feminism has succeeded even if women's problems have not all been ''solved''.

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