Robyn Martin is the manager of Beryl Women's Refuge, an Indigenous leader and anti-violence campaigner. She is this week’s Changemaker.
Beryl Women Inc. is Australia’s longest running women’s domestic violence refuge, and one of only two specialist domestic violence (DV) accommodation services in the ACT region.
Since 1975, it has provided safe, specialist, and high quality support for women and children escaping domestic violence.
Beryl is unique due to its extensive experience working with women from diverse backgrounds, with the service seeing a high proportion of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children... More
The woman on the phone was whispering. At Beryl Women's refuge, it was an unusually quiet afternoon but, on the other end of the line, in Africa, it was the dead of night.
The woman had just escaped from a small, remote village with her two children. In a few minutes she said, her voice spiky with static and adrenaline, she would bundle them onto a plane and fly thousands of kilometres home to Canberra, leaving behind a violent husband and the life she had made on the continent.
When they landed, Beryl staff would be waiting at the baggage claim. They never asked where she got their number... More
A victim of domestic violence was nearly deported because an understaffed Canberra women's shelter almost missed the Immigration department's reporting deadlines... More
Children traumatised by domestic violence are being burdened with anxiety, sleep disorders, behavioural issues and are more likely to be exposed to mental illness. With waiting lists for some children's mental health services growing to more than three months, counsellors and academics are calling for greater awareness and support programs in primary schools...more
Women who have fled to the ACT to escape abusive relationships are increasingly being stalked and harassed by violent ex-partners who use online tracking devices and social media to hunt them down...more
Nearly three years on from a meeting that helped changed the way the ACT responded to domestic and family violence, survivors, sector staff and politicians will sit down again to focus on how abuse affects the next generation. More
Warning signs of domestic and family violence are being ignored because of a misconception that the abuse must be physical for it to be reported, a parliamentary inquiry has heard... More
A front-line provider of accommodation and support services for Canberra women and children escaping domestic violence faces another Christmas struggling with reduced funding and concerns that their services are under threat if the situation does not improve. Beryl Women Inc. is Australia’s longest-running... More
Domestic Violence Orders made interstate will now be recognised and enforced in the ACT and vice versa after the roll-out of a national scheme over the weekend. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Yvette Berry said the roll-out on Saturday 25 November coincided with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence... More
Beryl works on Ngunnawal Land