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If your property settlement isn’t in writing, it will not protect you. If your property settlement isn’t in writing, it will not protect you.

Published on 20 March 2015: If you and your partner have reached agreement on a property settlement it is essential that you that your agreement is formalised in either Consent Orders or a Financial Agreement.

100 claims of child abuse ignored or victims punished by the Salvos – Royal Commission report 100 claims of child abuse ignored or victims punished by the Salvos – Royal Commission report

Published on 17 March 2015: Report finds that the Salvation Army received more than 100 claims of child sexual abuse, and in most cases the boys who reported the abuse were punished, disbelieved, accused of lying, or no action was taken.

Lathan rape case could be the first to take advantage of the abolition of time limits in Victoria Lathan rape case could be the first to take advantage of the abolition of time limits in Victoria

Published on 16 March 2015: A man who maintains he was raped at the state-run youth centre Turana while still a youth is likely to become one of the first people to take advantage of the Andrews Government’s removal of time limits on cases of historical child abuse.

More Indigenous children in Out of Home Care exposes more children to abuse More Indigenous children in Out of Home Care exposes more children to abuse

Published on 13 March 2015:

It's time to stop self-silencing about sexual harassment It's time to stop self-silencing about sexual harassment

Published on 12 March 2015: Sexual harassment continues to be a problem in the workplace, with a string of high profile cases generating headlines,

No surprise that sexually abused children often go on to abuse other children No surprise that sexually abused children often go on to abuse other children

Published on 12 March 2015: The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has revealed that the majority of abuse occurring in settings such as foster care and family group homes is perpetrated not by carers but by other children.

Vic Government pledges $16M to child protection as Royal Commission starts its inquiry into out of home child care Vic Government pledges $16M to child protection as Royal Commission starts its inquiry into out of home child care

Published on 11 March 2015: The Victorian Labour Government has announced a commitment to spend $16 million to improve out of home care for children and a further $1.5 million to go towards retaining more appropriately training foster carers

Court battle over abuse survivor legal representation at Northern Ireland inquiry Court battle over abuse survivor legal representation at Northern Ireland inquiry

Published on 06 March 2015: Abuse survivors in Northern Ireland are refusing to sign witness statements tended before the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry over concerns about survivors’ access to publicly-funded legal representation.

UK Prime Minister flags jail sentences for turning a blind eye to sexual abuse UK Prime Minister flags jail sentences for turning a blind eye to sexual abuse

Published on 05 March 2015: Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to change legislation that would make it a crime for teachers and social workers who work with children to fail to report child sexual abuse.

UK child abuse inquiry relaunches after false start UK child abuse inquiry relaunches after false start

Published on 04 March 2015: A major inquiry into historical child sexual abuse in the United Kingdom will relaunch its website after appointing a new Chair and Panel, in response to heavy criticism from abuse survivors.

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