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The politics of identity

According to the 2010 report Writing Themselves In 3, 61% of young people who identify as same sex attracted or gender questioning have experienced verbal abuse on account of their sexuality. The report is the third in a series of national studies conducted by La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, examining the sexual health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ Australians between the ages of 14 and 21....

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Breaking the cycle

A topic of national urgency and a leading cause of fatalities in Australia, family violence is a complex, multi-faceted issue. It can occur in a range of situations, most predominantly in the use of violence against women and children. Research from the 2012 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Personal Safety Survey and Australian Institute of Criminology shows that both men and women in Australia experience substantial levels of violence, however, it is far more likely for a person to experience violence from a male rather than a female perpetrator....

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