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A darker side of Christmas

By johnboy - 25 November 2008 14

John Hargreaves has announced the start of the 2008 Domestic Violence Christmas Program.

Sadly over the festive period there’s also a need for additional crisis accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence.

To this end 10 Housing ACT properties are being set aside as additional crisis accomodation.

Statistics suggest at least a couple of RiotACT readers should take a long hard look at themselves and spare their loved ones the need to use these facilities.

What’s Your opinion?


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14 Responses to
A darker side of Christmas
poptop 8:34 am 26 Nov 08

Thanks Gobbo, I recall the reported costs for people in the corrections system as being in the order of $220 per day for people in NSW custodial care, about $190 per day for periodic detention people and a stellar $500 or so per day for people in the remand centres.

Allowing that the carrying capacity for remandees in the ACT is 100; that’s $50k a day right there.

Xbikee 11:24 pm 25 Nov 08

Talk about new projects and ACT government money: public art is back on the agenda … this time in Gunghalin’s concrete park. Not paintings or statues, but rusty steel, sharply-barbed spear-like projections coming out of the ground. About a dozen or so… Not TOO close to the little playground, so the incidents of child disembowelment and dismemberment should be pretty low.

thecman 10:14 pm 25 Nov 08

“For some reason, people bashing up their families seem to not be carted off as often as some of us think they should be.”

I was going to ask Ant for some evidence to substantiate this statement but then I realised that it was only the poster’s opinion and therefore, given past form, unreliable at best.

Gobbo 9:40 pm 25 Nov 08

Whhops sorry, I see what you mean.

Gobbo 9:39 pm 25 Nov 08

poptop, the $40,000 figure is per day of delay, not total.

Bundybear 7:44 pm 25 Nov 08

Well done Skid, positive, proactive response. I’m impressed.

poptop 4:33 pm 25 Nov 08

I doubt the $40k covers the cost of ACT Prisoners in the NSW system.

Gobbo 4:26 pm 25 Nov 08

With that being the case, then perhaps we should hope they don’t complete it too quickly. If they extend the delay the Government could have Chubb pay for the facility. 🙂

nomnomnom 3:45 pm 25 Nov 08

AG Canberra said :

Yep – but it won’t be open by xmas…though it should have been.

Another spectacular on-time project from our fearless leaders…

It should be noted that the reason the project is running late is under performance by one of the subbies – Chubb I believe (?) – who are paying the ACT Government $40,000 for each day the opening is delayed by, if I am not mistaken…

ant 3:40 pm 25 Nov 08

For some reason, people bashing up their families seem to not be carted off as often as some of us think they should be.

AG Canberra 3:31 pm 25 Nov 08

Yep – but it won’t be open by xmas…though it should have been.

Another spectacular on-time project from our fearless leaders…

hax 3:13 pm 25 Nov 08

ant said :

It would make a lot more sense, and be a LOT cheaper, if they simply set up a house for all the perpetrators of this violence. Rather than the women/kids/pets having to make a run for it, they could send the dog-catcher round, put the man (or woman) into the back, and cart them off to this facility. Then the violent could beat each other up and everyone would be happy.

Didn’t they just build a big one of those?

Skidbladnir 3:01 pm 25 Nov 08

Otherwise useful contacts re: having a look at yourselves

Nationally:

Mensline Australia
1300 78 99 78
Mensline Australia supports men who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties, including men who want to address behaviours that impact negatively upon their relationships. Mensline Australia offers anonymous telephone support, information and referral for men and those concerned for the well being of the men in their life nationally, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the cost of a local call.

National Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Helpline
1800 200 526
This hotline is available 24hrs and guarantees a confidential discussion with an experienced counsellor for anyone experiencing violence

LifeLine
13 11 14
http://www.lifeline.org.au

Kids Help Line
1800 551 800
For young people, the 24 hour Kids Help Line may be a preferred choice.
http://www.kidshelp.com.au

Relationships Australia
1300 364 277

Specific to the ACT:

Men’s Link
(02) 6239 4699
Men’s Link is a community organisation that promotes the value, well-being and social participation of young men. It is a service available to support young men aged 12 – 25.

Canberra Men’s Centre
(02) 6230 6999
Canberra’s Men Centre is an information and referral service based in the ACT.

Violence Against Women Helpline
1800 200 526

ant 2:55 pm 25 Nov 08

It would make a lot more sense, and be a LOT cheaper, if they simply set up a house for all the perpetrators of this violence. Rather than the women/kids/pets having to make a run for it, they could send the dog-catcher round, put the man (or woman) into the back, and cart them off to this facility. Then the violent could beat each other up and everyone would be happy.

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