Elder abuse and loans

We have an increasing habit in Australia of asking older retired people to guarantee the loans of relatives.  The person may not be vulnerable by any ordinary definition, except they are unable to say no to their relative.  The loan will inevitably put stress on the...

Ken Lay on Family Violence

With the recent focus on Domestic Violence thanks to White Ribbon's events on 25 November 2017, I was reminded that I had not yet posted this commentary on domestic violence.  When I am asked to speak in schools or at local community events about domestic violence I...

Reciprocal Domestic Violence

In Australia we do not keep statistics on, or really discuss reciprocal domestic violence.  We are not talking here about a victim responding with violence to protect themselves, we are talking about relationships where both parties are violent in their own right. Why...

No Respect, No Relationship

Domestic Violence Unfortunately many of us have heard the statistic that one woman in Australia is killed every week by a current or former partner. What many of us probably don’t realise is that there are many other forms of domestic violence which have a far broader...

Pastoral Care and Domestic Violence

As part of a recent seminar that I was giving I asked some other family law practitioners for their comments on pastoral care, and some helpful examples of pastoral care provided to their clients.  I could summarise their advice with two statements, encourage your...