Archives: 2012

Hey Mate!

Many men in relationships treat their partners with the respect they deserve, and they would never dream of being emotionally or physically abusive towards them. Unfortunately, some men don’t share this outlook. Do you ever hear other men talking about beating, or verbally abusing their wives or girlfriends? Criticising your...

Controlled purchase operations to tackle underage drinking

Most establishments that sell alcohol are law abiding and would never serve anyone who is, or appears to be, underage. Unfortunately, there are still some unethical business owners who are prepared to turn a blind eye and serve people who are under the age of 18. The fact that alcohol...

Toxic friendships and how they can affect our kids

The phrase ‘peer pressure’ is often used in the context of youth violence and crime. Many people talk about teenagers falling in with ‘the wrong crowd’. But what does this really mean and how can we avoid it from happening? Our need to belong and connect with others lies at...

Violence at Sporting Events

There are a lot of positive things that come out of sport. Self-discipline, teamwork, loyalty, dedication and learning to be a good winner/loser are all valuable lessons we can learn. Unfortunately, there’s a less glamorous side to sport, with a growing trend of violent incidents both on and off field....

Andrew Krakouer speaks up to end violence in our community

From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the red dirt of the Pilbara… After recently completing the 2012 Kokoda Walk for a Cause to raise funds for the Luke Adams Foundation, last week Collingwood star Andrew Krakouer travelled through the Shire of Roebourne visiting schools to share his experiences...

Children and youths binge drinking at an increasingly younger age

Binge drinking is one of the main causes of violence, which makes it all the more worrying that studies are now showing Australian youths are abusing alcohol from an increasingly younger age. The Queensland Early Intervention Pilot Project (QEIPP) has revealed that it’s no longer just teenagers who are binge...

What is domestic violence and who suffers from it?

We often talk about youth violence, king hit attacks and alcohol-fuelled assaults. But not all violence happens out in the streets – a lot of it happens at home, behind closed doors. Domestic violence is a growing problem in our society, particularly during tough economic times when financial hardship and...

Breaking the Taboo – talking about sexual violence

October was Sexual Violence Awareness Month on the Gold Coast. Sadly, sexual violence is still very much a taboo in our society, which means victims often keep quiet and feel guilty and ashamed, while the perpetrators walk away freely. The only way to break this taboo is to talk about...

Are violent video games affecting Australia’s youth?

Over the last few years, the debate about whether or not violent video games are affecting young Australians and increasing violence in our community has become more controversial and heated. Game consoles have become a permanent fixture in many homes, and online multiplayer games have become more popular due to...

Is alcohol to blame for youth violence?

Many Australians argue that excessive alcohol consumption is playing a key role in our growing culture of youth violence. Research shows that alcohol is linked to aggressive behaviour in all shapes and forms, from domestic violence to the growing incidence of notorious ‘king-hit’ attacks. Each year, over 3500 Australians are...