Family violence: Ending the hidden crime

Domestic violence needs to be brought out from behind closed doors if it is going to be addressed

Professor Glyn Davis

Published 17 March 2017

Episode 20

On average, at least one woman a week is killed by a partner of former partner in Australia. One in three women in Australia have experienced physical violence since the age of 15. Worldwide in 2012, of all women who were victims of homicide, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members.

This episode of The Policy Shop podcast examines the issue of domestic violence, with literary scholar, performer, journalist and author, Professor Germaine Greer, Mary Polis, former Chief Executive Officer of Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence and Joanna Fletcher, CEO of Women’s Legal Service Victoria.

This podcast contains content that may disturb some listeners. If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit

Episode recorded: 9 March 2017 The Policy Shop producer: Eoin Hahessy Audio engineer: Gavin Nebauer Banner image: sprout_creative/Flickr

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