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Lifeline 'DV aware'

What I learned about how to help someone experiencing domestic violence.

Have you ever wondered how to help a friend in crisis? Someone going through a divorce or who’s lost someone they loved? Someone you suspect is living through domestic violence?

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Law rocks

Lawyers rock on for Mary’s House

October 2016 

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Global charity Law Rocks brought its hugely successful lawyers battle of the bands back to Sydney in mid-October, and once again the focus was on charitable causes instead of billable hours.  Mary’s House was this year’s beneficiary. 

The Sydney leg of the ‘global tour’ took place on two nights, 18-19 October, and featured ten bands from top international and Australian law firms battling for rock star glory.  Allens, Ashurst, Clayton Utz, DLA Piper, Herbert Smith Freehills, Johnson Winter Slattery, King & Wood Mallesons, Minter Ellison and Norton Rose Fulbright swapped suits and gowns for leather and fake tattoos. 

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Markets in the community

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KangaNews is proud to introduce a new series featuring the charitable endeavours of Australian and New Zealand capital-markets professionals. In its inaugural feature, three well-known market participants - Jeff Brunton, Tricia Ho-Hudson and Loiuse McCoach - share their work with Mary’s House, a women’s refuge dedicated to providing crisis accommodation for women and their dependent children escaping domestic violence.

Interviewer Lucy Symonds
KangaNews Oct/Nov 2016

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Legal eagles sing to different tune for charity rock show

Rival lawyers are preparing to unleash their inner rock demons for a band battle of the ages.

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Law Rocks is offering up an edgy music set, with bands from Allens, Ashurst, Clayton Utz, Herbert Smith Freehills, Norton Rose Fullbright, DLA Piper, Johnson Winter & Slattery, King & Wood Mallesons, MinterEllison and Thomson Reuters all vying for glory.

Over 2 big nights, Tuesday 18 October and Wednesday 19 October, 10 bands of musically brilliant legal professionals take over Oxford Art Factory to battle it out for the benefit of Mary's House. For tickets and all details, please go here for Tuesday and here for Wednesday.

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Surviving Domestic Violence

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Thursday September 8, 2016

Reporter David Robinson brings us a special report on domestic violence in Australia.

Studio 10 | 8:30am weekdays on Channel TEN

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Spot the signs of financial abuse

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FINANCIAL abuse is more common than most people think and many Australians may be victims without knowing it.

Almost all abusive domestic relationships contain an element of financial abuse, research shows, and a lack of financial literacy is making many women vulnerable. 

A recent study by CoreData found that three out of five women hold no assets independently of their partner, putting them at financial risk from a breakup, manipulative relationship or a partner’s poor financial behaviour.

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Domestic abuse: Violence amid a life of luxury

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9 June 2016

A new shelter aims to provide a safe haven for women who are targets of domestic abuse in some of Sydney's most affluent areas, writes Ashley Donnelly.

When Lisa McAdams began her decade-long relationship with the man who abused her, she had a successful career and enough savings for a home deposit. She walked away a single parent, carrying debts that took a decade to reconcile.

"I was lucky he hit me", Ms McAdams confesses bluntly.

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Chris Bath fronts crowd funding campaign for women’s refuge Mary’s House

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May 26, 2016  by NIC CHRISTENSEN
Former Seven newsreader Chris Bath has fronted a new crowd-funding campaign for North Sydney women’s refuge, Mary’s House.

The campaign has raised $70,000 in two weeks and tells the story of how local women and men established the refuge, on Sydney’s lower North Shore, to provide crisis accommodation for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence.

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Why business people are crowdfunding a women's shelter

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19 May 2016    by Angela Priestley    Editor's Agenda

Women and children can’t escape domestic violence alone. They need an entire village of support. But with government funding continuing to be well short of need when it comes to crisis accommodation, one Sydney group has come up with a novel approach for establishing and operating a new hostel for those escaping violence.

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Beyond Abuse

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Domestic Violence on the North Shore is shockingly on the rise. Jane Igoe speaks to a survivor about the tragedies she has endured and the people providing refuge.

... “Having endured domestic violence for many years, I know first-hand the helplessness a person feels in that situation,” says Lisa McAdams. “I was confused, I didn’t understand what was happening – I was emotionally, physically and psychologically broken. It took every ounce of my strength to get through the day.” ...

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organising the establishment of a women's shelter in North Sydney.

Catering for demand

Women's shelter to cater for demand in just one of Sydney's wealthy suburbs lacking vital services

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 February 26, 2016 by Daisy Dumas

Foreground, Emma Rossi, left, and Liz Mackinlay, with Michael Gill, Fiona Pollack, Janice Gibson, Roger Williams and Richard Harpman, are organising the establishment of a women's shelter in North Sydney. Photo: Janie Barrett

When Marie* took her children to tennis lessons, closing her front door behind her, it was the last time she would see her Mosman home.

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