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smh live: domestic violence 

Ann O'Neill, Jane Gilmore and Lucy Cormack

Domestic violence is a national crisis. One in four women experience it, so how is it being addressed? Join the journalists who are investigating these essential stories. 

Hosted by Lisa Davies.

In the Studio

“Family violence happens to anybody, no matter how nice your house is, no matter how intelligent you are.”

Rosie Batty

how can we tackle this national crisis?

Every person deserves to feel safe in their home. But domestic violence is at crisis point in Australia; one women a week on average is murdered by a current or former partner.  But Australian's don't seem to get it. One fifth of us believe domestic violence is a "normal reaction" to stress and frustration, while 23% think that women exaggerate male violence. Government initiatives to combat the issue are failing. Cultural attitudes need fixing and we've got a lot of work to do.

Join journalists from Sydney Morning Herald and special guests as they share the backgrounds to their reports and research on this essential issue. Get involved with this unmissable panel, uncovering the heart of this crisis, and addressing what needs to be done.      

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Ann O'Neill  

Dr Ann O’Neill has survived what many would say is unsurvivable; but she has done more than just survive, she has gone on to use her own experience with a horrific crime to help others and improve understanding around the victims of crime. Ann is a specialist in the areas of trauma, criminal victimisation and advocacy, working with the Health, Justice and Community sectors to promote recovery from extreme trauma via local, state, national and international roles. Ann is the Founder and Patron of Angel Hands, an organisation that helps people recover from extreme trauma. She was awarded The John Curtin Medal in 2016.


Jane Gilmore

Jane Gilmore was the founding editor of The King’s Tribune. She is now a freelance journalist and a regular columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Jane is currently completing a Master of Journalism at the University of Melbourne and has a particular interest in feminism, media and data journalism. Jane’s book based on the FixedIt project will be published by Penguin in August 2019.


Lucy Cormack 

Lucy Cormack is a crime reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald. She first began working at the Herald in 2013, while finishing her studies at UTS, before she began a 12-month traineeship at the masthead in 2014.  Lucy has covered both consumer affairs and environment in her time at the Herald. Today she covers crime and courts. Last year she was awarded the 2018 Kennnedys Young Journalist of the Year. 

More about Lisa Davies

Lisa Davies has been the Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald since 2017. Lisa began her career at the national newswire AAP, and has also worked for the UK's Press Association in London and The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Sydney.  Lisa joined Fairfax Media in early 2012. She has held several senior reporting and editing roles including Deputy Editor, Investigations Editor and Justice Editor. In 2016 she was also Fairfax Media's Federal Election Editor. Lisa has had a particular focus on crime and court reporting in her career, including travelling to South Africa to cover the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, and publishing a book about the inspiring recovery of Sydney bashing victim, Lauren Huxley.

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