Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

In this article, Jane Gilmore outlines the criticisms of recent budget allocations for couples counselling in situations of family violence.

A single-line item in the supplementary papers to the recent Coalition budget has raised concerns in the domestic and family violence sector: there will be $10 million allocated to “Specialist Family Violence Services”, which includes “individual or couple broad-based counselling and dispute resolution services”.

Couples counselling for domestic violence victims. It is, as I have written before, a recipe for disaster.

You can read the rest of her article here


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This is a piece by Jenna Price on the potentially catastrophic changes to the national sexual assault and domestic violence hotline.

Callers to the national sexual assault and domestic violence hotline will no longer have guaranteed direct access to experienced trauma counsellors from July 1.

In a dramatic change to the six-year old service, people who ring 1800 RESPECT will be advised by a triage service, employing operators who will judge whether callers should be directed to an information website, a trauma counsellor or state-based family violence services, already overloaded with demand.

You can read the rest of this report by Jenna Price here at The Canberra Times.

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This is a piece written by Jane Gilmore with some commentary from me.


Just over 100,000 couples in Australia get married each year. And just under 50,000 couples get divorced each year. Marriage, it seems, is not something we are very good at.

Marriage counselling can help. Around one in five couples will seek out couples counselling, and 70 per cent of them will find it helpful. But what happens to the 30 per cent who don’t?

You can read the rest of Jane’s excellent piece here

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