Since 2014, Jones, 39, has been the CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the nation’s leading resource for victims of domestic abuse. The center fields more than 1,000 calls, emails, and texts a day from men and women seeking help or advice. The work is constant, draining, and emotionally enveloping. But Jones says that’s how she knows she’s doing her job. “The day I stop crying, it’s time for me to move on,” she says.
There are three key areas to focus on: judicial, education and social services.
“Introducing a statutory definition of consent is a matter which is under review in the department,” a spokeswoman from the Department of Justice told the Irish Examiner.
This news follows the publication of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015, which referred to consent but failed to define it. As it stands, there is only a reference to consent in Irish law.
The department spokeswoman said: “Section 9 of the Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990 confirms that the failure to offer resistance does not amount to consent. Otherwise, the issue of what is or is not consent has been developed through case law. The courts have confirmed that consent requires voluntary agreement by a person at the age of consent and with the necessary mental capacity.”
The Indonesian government has made addressing violence against children a priority in its policy agenda. It is also committed to making significant progress in protecting Indonesian children from all forms of violence.
As one of its key measures, Indonesia has adopted the National Strategy to End Violence against Children and the Child Protection National Action Plan, which gives a comprehensive framework to prevent and respond to violent incidents. UNICEF says this framework is critical to ensure the protection of children whether they are at school, home or in public spaces. It is expected that the framework will help Indonesia achieve its Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 16.2: Ending violence against children by 2030.
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The Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence report, funded by It’s Not Okay, included a survey about experiences of violence and a series of community hui, from Whangarei to Dunedin, which asked Rainbow communities what they needed.
Dickson said the findings showed people in Rainbow communities didn’t know where to go for help because they felt current domestic violence and sexual abuse services served heterosexual people.
The findings showed impacts of sexual violence in Rainbow communities were severe and included high rates of insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, depression, and drinking and taking drugs. Most people experienced sexual violence from their partner, but more than a third experienced sexual violence from a stranger.
But that doesn’t mean they are any less harmful.
Earlier this month, writer Zahira Kelly, who tweets under the handle @bad_dominicana, kickstarted a conversation about non-physical types of abuse with her viral hashtag #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou. The hashtag, which was primarily aimed towards women in heterosexual relationships, triggered an outpouring of stories about relationships that were abusive and dangerous, even in the absence of physical assaults.