“Suffer the Children: Trouble in the Family Court”


The Monthly




June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media

Jess Hill is a freelance investigative reporter for The Monthly and Background Briefing. In 2011, she represented Australia on the Edward R Murrow Fellowship, and then moved to Cairo as Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail. Foreign Policy ranked her in the top 100 women to follow on Twitter, and in 2013, she was one of Cosmopolitan’s 30 most influential women under 30. In 2015, her reporting on domestic violence won three Our Watch awards, and this year, she was awarded the Walkley for Women’s Leadership in Media. Hill is writing a book about domestic violence.

Judges’ comments:

“With an impressive balance of tenacity and sensitivity, Jess Hill has managed to peel back the heavy blanket of secrecy that weighs on the Family Court. She reveals an alarming flaw in proceedings that too often sees children ordered into the care of an abusive parent. Very moving and beautifully put together, a powerful and impactful read on a taboo subject where many journos fear to tread.”

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