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The Knock on Effect

Children and Domestic Violence

Sydney | December 2009 - Events funded by NSW Violence Prevention Unit for 16 Days of Activism to stop violence against women and children - The Knock On Effect

Join us for information and discussion on how family violence affects kids, what help is available and what could be improved.

Dr Lesley Laing (see Letters SMH today if you don't already know her work) , Paul Morgan SEAHS (South East Area Health Service) and Sgt Tony Bell DVLO Maroubra Police have agreed to speak.

Choice of 3 meetings: all 3rd floor Bowen Library 669 Anzac Parade Maroubra.

  • 1pm to 3pm Saturday 5th December
  • 5pm to 7pm Tuesday 8th December
  • 10am to 12pm Wednesday 9th December

Share your stories and ideas! Kids and adults welcome.
Refreshments will be provided

For details and/or to RSVP contact Ariel on 0411 852 452 or

View the official poster here
View/print the offical postcards here

Each & All Stronger Together - EAST Inc PO Box 4042 South Maroubra NSW 2035
Living Local 2009
Events funded by NSW Violence Prevention Unit for 16 Days of Activism to stop violence against women and children

Go to Single Mother Support Events Index

What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the


are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.


plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a


or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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