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A 65-year-old woman faces joining her older brother behind bars after they stubbornly refused to obey family court orders in a vicious £9.4 million divorce row. Property tycoon John Hart, 83, was locked up for failing to co-operate with his ex-wife following their split. A judge, describing the case as “ridiculous”, has now imposed a three-month jail term on Mr Hart’s sister Susan Byrne. Judge Stephen Wildblood said Ms Byrne had acted out of “misplaced loyalty”…
The Queensland police officer who leaked the personal details of a domestic violence victim has declined to answer questions about his actions at a tribunal hearing, invoking his privilege against self-incrimination. The tribunal accepts as fact that senior constable Neil Punchard accessed the personal details of a woman, known as Julie, and sent them to her violent former husband. Julie is seeking compensation for breach of privacy in the Queensland civil and administrative tribunal (QCAT).…
Does living together before marriage increase your risk of divorce? This association had been clear in study after study up to around 2007, and then a number of studies and social scientists declared that the association between living together before marriage and difficulties in marriage had disappeared. So which is it? Most experts say that the correlation between the two became better understood in recent years. For example, an important part of the story had…
Homicidal violence within families is a “poorly understood” aspect of domestic violence and is under-reported in Queensland, according to a new report. The Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board’s annual report, tabled in Queensland Parliament late last week, closely examined 20 cases of domestic and family violence deaths involving 30 victims. Since July 2006, nearly 300 people have been murdered in domestic and family violence circumstances, of which 80 per cent…
Being separated under one roof may be the latest divorce trend, in which couples agree to separate but continue living together in the main residence. Most of the time, this choice is made because maintaining two houses is expensive, and because the couple wants to co-parent the children with minimal disruption. Common reasons to choose separation under one roof include: Young children still living at home. None of the spouses want to move into apartments…
Recent revelations about the gun lobby’s role in Australian politics raise profound concerns for community groups concerned about family violence. The ABC Four Corners program drew attention to the fact that Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA) funded a major publicity campaign, “Flick ’em”, to urge Queensland voters not to vote for either of the major parties (LNP or Labor). The ABC reported that there was no branding to suggest this massive publicity campaign was…
A Russian billionaire fighting one of the largest divorce payouts in U.K. history lost a Moscow court case where he was trying to prove that his marriage had been dissolved 16 years earlier. Farkhad Akhmedov was ordered to pay his wife Tatiana Akhmedova $586 million following a London trial that he refused to participate in on the grounds that he was already divorced in Russia. Now the Moscow City Court has rejected an appeal by…
In what is possibly a world-first move, a church in Australia is providing financial assistance to victims of domestic violence perpetrated by ministers within the organisation. Women in the Anglican Church in Sydney who have been physically, emotionally and sexually abused by their priest husbands will, for the first time, be able to apply for substantial financial assistance following the establishment of a new fund dedicated to supporting clergy spouses escaping domestic violence. In what…
While most of the country’s attention is focused on the appalling cases of women who are murdered by their partners or ex-partners, experts say that one warning flag is present in all cases of such murders – financial abuse. Speaking generally on the issue of domestic violence, Juliet Potter, founder of women’s homelessness charity White Caravan, says there was a direct link between financial abuse and the rising domestic violence death toll in this…
When men and women go through a divorce, they may experience many of the same emotions, but these can often be harder to process for men. Psychiatric nurse Aaron Stevenson likens a divorce to a trauma like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Paul Wiseman from Relationships Australia, Victoria, with more than 20 years’ experience as a counsellor and mediator in family dispute resolution, agreed that for a some men this was the reality, particularly in the…