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It’s time to unite against domestic violence

It’s time to unite against domestic violence

Australia is having a national conversation about domestic violence, highlighting how widespread the issue is. It can seem like every other week we see stories in the media about women affected by this behaviour. It is reminder that as a nation, we have a long way to go - but every conversation, every time we say no to staying silent and every person we stand up to all makes a difference.

White Ribbon Day is on the 25th of November and is part of a global movement to end domestic violence. White Ribbon Australia’s mission is to build a future free from violence and abuse by encouraging Australians to stand up, speak out and act to stop violence against women. Their message is about breaking the cycle of silence and inaction that allows violence to continue.


White Ribbon Australia is working with Australians in schools, workplaces, diverse communities and with young people to educate them on primary intervention, working with different groups to stop violence against women before it ever occurs. These conversations strengthen the culture of respect and equality at all levels of the community, a crucial step in breaking the cycle of domestic violence.

Shine Lawyers is privileged to have supported the 2016 Legal Profession White Ribbon Breakfast earlier this month. All proceeds raised at the event will go to support the critical work of the Women’s Legal Service, which help thousands of Queensland women each year through free legal and social work services.

Domestic violence statistics

  • Every week, on average, one women a week is killed in a domestic violence altercation.
  • 1 in 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime.
  • 1 in 4 children are exposed to domestic violence.
  • Isolating a woman from her social network is a type of abuse.

The Shine Lawyers pro bono program

The Shine Lawyers pro bono program has made significant contributions in identifying and addressing the issue of family and domestic violence and working with families affected by these issues.
  • Luke Batty Inquest – Shine’s Social Justice team acted pro bono for Rosie Batty at her son’s inquest. Paula Shelton, Senior Solicitor, worked with her team and a small group of Barristers to present submissions to the Coroner, many of which were adopted by the Coroner in his findings.
  • Kelly Thompson Inquest – Shine acted for the family of Kelly Thompson after her valiant attempts to protect herself through legal processes failed her. The inquest examined the police response to Kelly’s calls, among other things.
  • Andrea Pickett – Andrea’s brother and children are seeking justice with Shine after a restraining order failed to provide protection for Andrea from her estranged husband who was out on parole.
The Shine Lawyers pro bono program will continue to work towards change and helping those families affected by domestic violence.



Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: November 21, 2016.

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