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Long time between hugs for separated families

Charity, Parents Beyond Breakup, Chair Brendan Blomeley, writes in the Hobart Mercury (full subscriber article): In recent days, we have watched with heartfelt concern for our friends and family on the other side of Bass Strait, as many of them return to strict Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions. While necessary, these measures have come at …

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Record calls to mental health services during second lockdown

Victorians are seeking mental health support at record numbers as Melbourne enters a second coronavirus lockdown. Lifeline is reporting a 22% increase in calls. Calls to Beyond Blue have doubled in a fortnight. Please remember: lockdown does not have to mean total shutdown of human connection.     For full article CLICK HERE   DADS MENTAL …

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COVID impact to send divorce rate soaring

Unfortunately, Australia’s divorce rate looks set to skyrocket as coronavirus restrictions and ongoing job losses take their toll. At the end of June, Google searches for the term ‘divorce’ have surged to their highest level in 12 months. The number was even higher than the usual post-Christmas spike. Reports say that couples in QLD’s Gold …

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Important DIDs & MIDs service changes due to COVID19

It is with a heavy heart that we are, once more, temporarily suspending in-person groups across all states except for Queensland. All other support service remain open and operating as normal, these include: In-person weekly dad support groups in Queensland (currently, Gold Coast) Regular online support groups for dads and for mums Telephone helpline 1300 853437 (Mon-Sat, …

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Why aren’t Child Protective Services acting on my report?

This is a common complaint that we hear at our support groups, both mums and dads.   “My child is in danger. I’ve been stopped from seeing them and I feel helpless to stop whats going on. It’s driving me insane with worry. Why are child protection ignoring my report!” We decided to look at …

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COVID sees Family Law Company see gross profits surge by 58%

It is notable that this article borders on outright celebration of the profit and share increases seen in family law firms resulting from increased divorce levels. Its not great PR for the family law industry. No mention of the human agony that it involves.  The heightened levels of suicide associated with those same separations. The …

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Relationship breakdown is the major cause of homelessness in Australia

From 2018 research by Dr Julie Moschion (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research0 and Professor Jan van Ours (Faculty of Business and Economics). Original research can be found here. Quote: “Over two years, this unique study tracked the movements of 1700 Australians who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. “Of the participants who …

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