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Christopher Knaus

Christopher Knaus is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson vows bi-partisan push for ACT to lead on family violence

Christopher Knaus Opposition pledges bi-partisan approach to domestic violence, calls for roundtable to make ACT nation leader.

Hundreds turn out to farewell Tara Costigan in moving funeral

Families and friends attend the funeral for Tara Costigan held at the Albert Hall in Yarralumla. From left, Rikki Schmidt, Drew Costigan-Wittman, 9, Rhiley Costigan-Wittman, 11, David Wittman and baby Ayla.

Christopher Knaus It was a heart-wrenching farewell that no 11-year-old child should ever have to make.

'Anticipating the worst' was torture, says alleged child abuse victim

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Christopher Knaus Woman tells court the anticipation could possibly be worse than the abuse by her alleged molester.

Former janitor accused of molesting girl in school gym goes on trial


Christopher Knaus A former janitor has gone on trial in the ACT Supreme Court, accused of molesting two sisters decades ago.

Two survivors of Calwell attack are 'recovering well', family say

Christopher Knaus Two survivors of the attack that allegedly killed Tara Costigan are "recovering well", their family says.

Domestic violence crises skyrocket while government funding flatlines

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Christopher Knaus Demand for domestic violence support is skyrocketing, but government funding has flatlined.

Government tries early appeal in doctor racism row


Christopher Knaus ACT appeal against finding it racially discriminated against an experienced Chinese neurologist who was denied an internship at Canberra Hospital.

Opposition calls for release of ambulance bullying report

Christopher Knaus The ACT opposition has called on the government to release the long-awaited review into ambulance culture.

ACT to 'watch' as NSW Coalition promises domestic violence disclosure

Attorney-General Simon Corbell will watch the efforts of other states on domestic violence

Christopher Knaus The ACT government says it will "watch" interstate action on domestic violence as the NSW Coalition makes an election pledge to set up a disclosure scheme warning people if their partner is a...

ACT joins chorus of government protest against Legal Aid cuts

Attorney-General Simon Corbell: ACT

Christopher Knaus Attorney-General Simon Corbell says cuts will hurt victims of domestic violence and Indigenous Australians.

Plea for funding commitments after closure of Aboriginal Justice Centre

Susan Helyar wants funding certainty for Indigenous justice services following the closure of the Aboriginal Justice Centre.

Christopher Knaus The ACT government has been urged to fund indigenous justice services after the closure of the Aboriginal Justice Centre last year.

Man who raped wife was exerting 'power and control': court

Christopher Knaus A man who broke into his wife's home and raped her after a break-up wanted to show his "power and control" over her, a court has heard.

Tara Costigan fundraiser nears goal of $100,000

Tara Costigan was allegedly murdered by her former partner Marcus Rappel, 40.

Christopher Knaus Politicians have been urged to end the blight of domestic violence in Australia, for the sake of Tara Costigan’s three children and the thousands of women attacked each year.

Vulnerable Canberra women turned away from legal services and refuge as funds dry up

Canberra-based Beryl Women's Refuge manager Robyn Martin.

Christopher Knaus, Georgina Connery, and Emma Kelly A legal service for vulnerable women will be forced to turn 500 Canberrans away due to federal funding cuts, while a local refuge warns it is struggling to find free beds for those who desperately...

Axe murder accused had breached a domestic violence order against his last girlfriend

Marcus Rappel, who has been accused of the murder of Tara Costigan.

Christopher Knaus Tara Costigan, who Marcus Rappel is accused of killing, had applied for a domestic violence order against him the day before. And it wasn't the first such order against him.

Domestic violence workers see spike in demand for services after Tara Costigan death

Tara Costigan, who was allegedly murdered by Marcus Rappel in Calwell, with her dog Honey.

Christopher Knaus The ACT's domestic violence crisis service has seen a spike in demand for support and information since the killing of Tara Costigan, 28.

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Tara Costigan's family pays tribute - 'So, so hard to believe she's gone'

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Christopher Knaus Tara Costigan put her three children above all else, right till the end, her family says.

Calwell murder accused Marcus Rappel also charged with breaching domestic violence protection order

Marcus Rappel has been accused of the murder of Tara Costigan.

Christopher Knaus Mother of week-old baby sought court protection from her ex-partner the day before he allegedly murdered her.

Authorities were repeatedly warned of animal abuse houses for years

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Christopher Knaus Neighbours repeatedly complained about two houses linked to an unlicensed dog keeper years before authorities conducted raids and found dozens of neglected and starved animals.

Molester opens new chapter in long-running legal saga

Christopher Knaus A Canberra man who "cynically and evilly" molested two sisters in his care has opened a new chapter in his long-running criminal case, appealing what he says was a crushing jail sentence imposed on...