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Office for Women eNews - Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award reminder

Office for Women eNews - Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award reminder

Office for Women eNews - Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award reminder

Have you nominated a woman for the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award yet?

The 23 November deadline is fast approaching for nominations for the Women' Hold Up Half the Sky Award!

Do you know a woman that is constantly putting others first? Dedicated to the members of her community? Committed to serving those around her? Acknowledge her through this prestigious Australia Day Council of SA Award!

Each year, as part of the Australia Day Awards, the Australia Day Council of SA hosts the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award. This Award, taking its name from the artwork by Ann Newmarch AO, honours an outstanding woman who has made a great contribution to the community and is the only award within the Australia Day Awards that specifically honours a woman.

The 'Women Hold Up Half the Sky' Award was established in 2011 to recognise the outstanding contribution women make, in a voluntary or paid role, in advancing and enriching our society. The award is designed to acknowledge those women who have previously not been publicly recognised for their work and service to the community.

Previous winners include advocate and entrepreneur Sarah Gun, women's rights campaigner Sandra Dann, and venue owner and manager Tam Boakes. Click here to read more about previous winners on the Office for Women website!

Nominations are currently open for the January 2019 award and close on 23 November 2018, so get nominating!.

Visit the Australia Day Council website for all the details on how to nominate an outstanding woman for this award!

Office for Women eNews - 7 November 2018

Office for Women eNews - 7 November 2018

Office for Women eNews - 7 November 2018

Welcome to the Office for Women eNews bulletin. Keep reading for all the details on upcoming events and initiatives for SA women!

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FYI
Events
Opportunities
Research
WIS

FYI

International Women's Day 2019

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on the 8th of March and is a day to reflect on the advancements made towards gender equality and the progress still to be made.  Each year UN Women National Committee Australia hosts some of the largest IWD events around the country with the Adelaide breakfast consistently being the largest IWD event in the country!

The theme for IWD 2019 is ‘More Powerful Together’ and recognises the important role women, men and gender diverse peoples play to advance gender equality. It takes all of us, working in collaboration and across that which sometimes divides us, breaking down stereotypes and gendered roles to create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities. It requires all of our participation to accelerate change and create a world where everyone can live a life free from violence and full of opportunity.

'More Powerful Together' is a call to take a stand in unison for gender equality.

Tickets for the Adelaide IWD Breakfast will go on sale in February 2019. Sign up to the Adelaide IWD Breakfast mailing list to be notified when tickets go on sale!

International Women's Day 2019 and Gender Equality Video competition

The Adelaide IWD Breakfast Committee has launched a new competition  - the Gender Equality Video competition.

The competition provides South Australian high school students with the opportunity to make a 2-3 minute short video clip or animation outlining why Gender Equality is important to them. The winning video will be played at the 2019 Adelaide IWD Breakfast. The winning school will win the opportunity to sit at the Dr Rosemary Crowley table (seating for 10 guests) in the VIP seating area at the 2019 breakfast. Entries open Monday 1 October and close midday Friday 30 November 2018.

Click here to find out more about the International Women's Day inaugural Gender Equality Video competition.

Events

Adelaide Minus18 Queer Formal 2018

Australia's national organisation for LGBT youth, Minus18 is young people leading change, building social inclusion and advocating for an Australia free from homophobia and transphobia.

Minus18 are holding the Adelaide Queer Formal 2018 on Saturday 17 November for young people aged 13-19. The event is a place where you can be your true self, take a lovely date, arrive with your besties and meet likeminded wonderful queer folk! Tickets are FREE and the event features a photo booth, glitter stand and badge making!

Click here for all the info and to book your FREE tickets for the Minus18 Queer Formal (link includes accessibility info).

Women's Legal Service Quiz Night

Are you good with trivia? Obsessed with sport? Know your history? Head along to the Women's Legal Service quiz night on Friday 23 November from 6pm at Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre, corner North Terrace and Morphett Streets Adelaide.

Women's Legal Service is a not-for-profit organisation and provides free legal advice and assistance to women in South Australia who experience domestic violence and family law matters.

Date: 23 November 2018
Time: 6pm
Venue: Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre, cnr North Terrace and Morphett Street Adelaide.

Click here to book tickets for the Women's Legal Service quiz night.

Adelaide 2018 White Ribbon March

White Ribbon is Australia's male-led campaign to end violence against women. The 2018 Adelaide White Ribbon March is coming up on 24 November 2018 at 10am, beginning at Parliament House and walking to Tarndanyangga (Victoria Square).

The march will feature speeches from Carolyn Power MP, Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention and Member for Elder; White Ribbon Ambassadors; School Leaders and young people.

Click here to view the Adelaide White Ribbon March Facebook page for more information.

Working Women's Centre SA Inc Annual General Meeting

The Working Women's Centre invite you to their Annual General Meeting to be held 27 November 2018 at the WWC, 1st floor Station Arcade, 52 Hindley Street Adelaide.

The AGM will feature speakers from students that participated in the TAFE Women's Education Program - Deb Bakopanos, Jody Moate and Jessica Woods. There will also be a video 'You Can Ask That'.

Date: 27 November 2018
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: WWC, 1st Floor, Station Arcade, 52 Hindley Street Adelaide 
RSVP: Please RSVP if you are attending by email - wwc@wwc.org.au - or phone 8410 6499.

Australian of the Year Luncheon

2018 Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons is one of the world's leading researchers on quantum computing, something set to revolutionise almost every part of our society. Professor Simmons is coming to Adelaide on Monday 26 November for a special luncheon where she will share her vision and her passion for scientific research and education. She will also share the stage with the soon-to-be-announced 2019 Australian of the Year for SA and a wonderful group of musicians, singers and dancers.

This will be a lunch to remember - make meaningful connections with people in business, education, science, friends of the Australia Day Council and a wide cross-section of the South Australian community.

Date: Monday 26 November 2018
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre – North Terrace, Adelaide

Click here to book tickets to the Australian of the Year luncheon.

Workplace Gender Equality Agency roadshow - 5 years of gender reporting in Australia: What has changed?

WGEA are joining with the Australian British Chamber of Commerce and are heading out on the road to talk about the last 5 years of data collection on gender in the workplace in Australia. The roadshow aims to foster international insights on improving workplace gender equality and will include keynote addresses from WGEA’s Director, Libby Lyons and Head of Gender at the UK's Government Equality Office, Elysia McCaffrey.

The Adelaide event will be held 19 November 2018 with the venue to be confirmed.

Click here to find out more and book your ticket for the WGEA gender reporting in Australia roadshow.

Share the Dignity Christmas Party

Community organisation Share The Dignity collects thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness and poverty. The organisation also funds funerals for victims of domestic violence, and campaign for justice for women in Australia.

On 17 November, Share the Dignity are holding the #itsinthebag Christmas party featuring cocktails and tapas, handbag making stations and great entertainment. Bring along a handbag full of goodies to donate and enjoy a fun filled evening.

Click here to book tickets for the Adelaide Share the Dignity Christmas party.

Click here to learn more about Share the Dignity.

South Australian Women in Male-Dominated Industries (WIMDOI) Conference

Registrations are now open for the SA WIMDOI conference. WIMDOI is a fantastic opportunity to meet with other union women who also work within a male dominated environment and share similar experiences. The conference will be held in Port Adelaide on 13-14 November 2018.

This year’s guest speakers include Kara Keys (ACTU), Stacey Neelan (Domestic Violence Survivor), Mich-Elle Myers (MUA Women’s Liaison Officer) and Max Adlam (Secretary UFUSA). If you are a woman employee, and a union member, contact your union to find out out about registering to attend.

Click here to view the Facebook event and to stay up to date.

    Opportunities

    Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award

    Each year, as part of the Australia Day Awards, the Australia Day Council of SA hosts the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award. This Award, taking its name from the artwork by Ann Newmarch AO, honours an outstanding woman who has made a great contribution to the community and is the only award within the Australia Day Awards that specifically honours a woman.

    The 'Women Hold Up Half the Sky' Award was established in 2011 to recognise the outstanding contribution women make, in a voluntary or paid role, in advancing and enriching our society. The award is designed to acknowledge those women who have previously not been publicly recognised for their work and service to the community.

    Previous winners include advocate and entrepreneur Sarah Gun, women's rights campaigner Sandra Dann, and venue owner and manager Tam Boakes. Click here to read more about previous winners on the Office for Women website!

    Nominations are currently open for the January 2019 award and close on 23 November 2018, so get nominating!.

    Visit the Australia Day Council website for all the details on how to nominate an outstanding woman for this award!

    Organisations invited to apply to deliver Family Relationship Advice Line

    The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open process to apply to deliver the Family Relationship Advice Line (FRAL), a national telephone service that helps families affected by relationship and separation issues. The FRAL will run over five years from 2019-20 to 2023-24. Funding will be offered to one organisation as a result of this process.

    Click here to view all the details about applying to provide the Family Relationship Advice Line on the Community Grants website.

    Applications close at 2:00 pm AEDT on 12 December 2018.

    Position vacant - Director of the Working Women's Centre

    The Working Women's Centre SA Inc is seeking applications for the position of Director. The WWC provides free and confidential help with work-related issues for women on issues including dismissal, parental leave, domestic violence & work, work injuries, discrimination, employment contracts and more.

    Click here to find out more about the Working Women's Centre SA.

    Click here to view the job advertisement on the Ethical Jobs website.

    Applications close Monday 19 November 2018.

    YWCA's Y Connect program

    Are you looking to give back to other women? YWCA are currently seeking women with the following expertise as mentors for their Y Connect program, sharing knowledge with women living with disability:

    - Marketing, small business or public speaking experience
    - Public speaking and presentations experience who is willing to mentor over skype/other electronic means
    - Promotions or project management experience

    Previous experience or knowledge of working in disability is not required. General expressions of interest are also welcome. These are voluntary roles with an expected time commitment of approximately 2 hours per month for 9-12 months. YWCA will provide training and ongoing support over the life of the match.

    To learn more about the Y Connect program or inquire with YWCA staff, email: lisa.gascoigne@ywca.com.au or call 8203 9414.

    Toptal Scholarships for Women:Empowering future female leaders to change the world

    Toptal will award five scholarships to aspiring female leaders in five global regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Each winner will receive (US)$10,000 and a year of weekly one-on-one mentoring by a Toptal expert.

    Toptal started this program to award five scholarships during 2018-19 that will empower aspiring female leaders. This program is for ambitious women, 16 years or older, who are passionate about making some meaningful change for a community or cause they care about. This program is open to women from all walks of life who are currently pursuing or aiming to pursue any type of education program.

    Click here for more information and to apply for the scholarship.

    Applications from the Oceania region close 30 November 2018.

    Research

    A call for papers is currently open for an edited collection on sexuality and sexual identities in literature for young people.

    Previous scholarship has established important connections between sexuality and gender, as well as sexuality and queerness, in literature for children and young adults. Investigations have also been made into the way particular genres and individual texts deal with desire, sex and sexuality. This collection builds upon these individual approaches, while extending out to the analysis of various forms and incarnations of sexuality, across genres, texts and time periods.

    Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words and a biographical note of up to 150 words to Dr Kristine Moruzi  and Dr Paul Venzo by December 1, 2018. Full papers of 6000 words will be due by May 1, 2019.

    Click here to read the full call for papers.

    Women's Information Service (WIS)

    Tax Help at WIS

    Free Tax Help is available at WIS from July to October. Tax Help community volunteers are trained and accredited by the ATO and provide a free and confidential service to help people who have simple tax affairs and are on low incomes ($60,000 or less), complete their tax returns using myTax.

    If you would like to discuss your eligibility or book a Tax Help appointment please call the Women's Information Service on 8303 0590.

    Zahra Foundation Financial Counsellor at the Women's Information Service

    The Zahra Foundation Outreach at the Women’s Information Service (WIS) provides women affected by domestic and family violence with the chance to meet with a specialist financial counsellor.

    The outreach service is available at WIS on alternate Thursdays from 10am to 4pm. Women are welcome to visit or phone WIS and chat to the Financial Counsellor while she is onsite. Or, you can make an appointment with the Zahra Foundation office by phoning 08 8352 1889.

    Visit the Women's Information Service website for more information.

    Office for Women eNews - Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award

    Office for Women eNews - Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award

    Office for Women eNews - Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award

    Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award

    Each year, as part of the Australia Day Awards, the Australia Day Council of SA hosts the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award. This Award, taking its name from the artwork by Ann Newmarch AO, honours an outstanding woman who has made a great contribution to the community and is the only award within the Australia Day Awards that specifically honours a woman.

    The 'Women Hold Up Half the Sky' Award was established in 2011 to recognise the outstanding contribution women make, in a voluntary or paid role, in advancing and enriching our society. The award is designed to acknowledge those women who have previously not been publicly recognised for their work and service to the community.

    Previous winners include advocate and entrepreneur Sarah Gun, women's rights campaigner Sandra Dann, and venue owner and manager Tam Boakes. Click here to read more about previous winners on the Office for Women website!

    Nominations are currently open for the January 2019 award and close on 23 November 2018, so get nominating!.

    Visit the Australia Day Council website for all the details on how to nominate an outstanding woman for this award!

    Office for Women eNews - WIS turns 40 - oral histories and timeline launched

    Office for Women eNews - WIS turns 40 - oral histories and timeline launched

    Office for Women eNews - WIS turns 40 - oral histories and timeline launched

    Friday 17 August 2018

    WIS began as the Women’s Information Switchboard, originally located in the Institute Building on Kintore Ave and was opened by the then South Australian Premier Don Dunstan on 10 July 1978. In 1995 the Switchboard was renamed the Women’s information Service and relocated to Station Arcade in 1997. WIS is currently located at 101 Grenfell Street.

    To celebrate 40 years of empowering South Australian women, we are proud to launch the WIS Interactive Digital Timeline, and as part of the WIS History Project, 24 oral histories gathered from prior WIS volunteers and staff. These products provide an inside look at the beginnings, context and inner workings of WIS as it developed over the decades.

    Click here to find out more about the WIS Oral Histories.

    Click here to find out more about the Interactive Digital Timeline.

    We are honoured to pay tribute to all the women who have worked and volunteered at WIS over the years, and will be continuing to celebrate these 40 years of WIS over the coming months.

    Stay tuned to the WIS social media channels to find out about ongoing celebrations for the 40th anniversary of WIS!

    Social Media

    WIS Facebook

    WIS Twitter

    WIS Pinterest

    Office for Women eNews - 40 Years of the Women's Information Service

    Office for Women eNews - 40 Years of the Women's Information Service

    Office for Women eNews - 40 Years of the Women's Information Service

    Tuesday, 10 July 2018

    Today, on 10 July 2018, the Women's Information Service celebrates 40 years of continuous service to the women of South Australia.

    Over the past 40 years, the service has provided a free information, referral and support service for all women in South Australia. Being the first of its kind in Australia, it inspired the establishment of other women’s information service providers across Australia. Today WIS remains the longest running service of this nature in Australia.

    WIS began as the Women’s Information Switchboard, originally located in the Institute Building on Kintore Ave and was opened by the then South Australian Premier Don Dunstan on 10 July 1978. In 1995 the Switchboard was renamed the Women’s information Service and relocated to Station Arcade in 1997. WIS is currently located at 101 Grenfell Street.

    Over the years WIS has adapted to changing social and technological conditions in order to provide the best possible service to South Australian women, including joining popular social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. These accounts are proving ever more popular and are a great way to keep up with the workings of WIS and policy partners the Office for Women. Click on the links below to see what WIS and OFW are up to, and keep up to date with initiatives for women in South Australia.

    Congratulations to WIS on 40 years of continuous service, and thank you to all the volunteers and staff that have played such an integral part in the workings of the service over that time.

    Stay tuned to the WIS social media channels for more celebrations over the next few months!

    Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - Current Editions

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - 19 October 2018

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - 19 October 2018

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - 19 October 2018

    Welcome to the Office for Women Addressing Family Violence eNews Bulletin

    Categories of information provided in this bulletin are as follows:

    News

    Stop it at the Start Campaign: Phase two materials released

    The Australian Government has launched the second phase of its national campaign Stop it at the Start. Three new TV advertisements and a series of posters have been developed which outline how our language about childhood behaviours shapes the future lives of children and societal acceptance of violence against women.

    Click here to access the new Stop it at the Start campaign materials.

    Doing nothing does harm: New OurWatch campaign

    The Doing Nothing Does Harm campaign aims to motivate people to do something when they see or hear disrespect towards women.

    The campaign helps people to:

    • Identify disrespect towards women
    • Take responsibility to do something in these situations
    • Know what to do in a way they feel comfortable

    The website includes educational resources and a series of videos. Click here to visit the Doing Nothing Does Harm website.

    UN Women 16 Days of Activism 2018

    UN Women has announced the theme for this years 16 Days of Activism beginning on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November as Orange the World: #HearMeToo.

    In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #Niunamenos, #NotOneMore, #BalanceTonPorc and others, have reached a crescendo that cannot be silenced any more. Advocates understand that while the names and contexts may differ across geographic locations, women and girls everywhere are experiencing extensive abuse and their stories need to be brought to light.

    Click here for more information and ideas for activities during the 16 Days of Activism.

    Voices for Change: Call for lived experience advocates

    Women's Safety Services SA (WSSSA) is seeking women who may be interested in working to prevent violence by sharing a personal story in a safe and supported way. Voices for Change will support women who have experienced domestic or family violence to become lived experience advocates. Advocates will receive valuable support on their journey to recovery along the way, as well as three days of professional training in the research behind preventing violence against women, and personal development in areas including persuasive speaking, advocacy, and media engagement. Advocates must be over 18 years of age.

    If you would like more information about becoming a Voices for Change advocate please contact Anne Purdy at annep@womenssafetyservices.com.au or on (08) 8152 9210.

    Choosing a world free from FGC

    The Orchid Project has produced a short video (three minutes) on 'Assiata's story' detailing one woman's experience of female genital cutting (FGC) and her efforts to end the practice in her community in Northern Senegal. Assiata’s story also shares the powerful journey of how, through learning about human rights and responsibilities, her community chose to abandon FGC.

    Click her to watch Assiata's story.

    Submissions now open for National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    On 20 June 2018 Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, announced a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. Submissions are now being accepted for this Inquiry, and will be open until early 2019.

    The Commission wants to hear from as many people as possible regarding this inquiry. To facilitate this, the inquiry will involve a submission process, as well as public consultations held in all Australian capital cities and a number of regional cities later in 2018.

    Click here to find out more about the inquiry, learn about the terms of reference, or make a submission.

    Research and Reports

    Australian Government response to Better Family Law System report

    The Australian Government has released its response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs report: A better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence. The report made 33 recommendations to the Australian Government including development of a national family violence assessment tool, more family dispute resolution, improvements to case management and stronger restrictions on access to medical records in certain circumstances.

    Click here to read the Australian Government response.

    Residential tenancy laws research study

    The Australian Department of Social Services has contracted the University of South Australia to conduct research that aims to better understand how tenancy laws impact on women and children escaping domestic and family violence. The study will also provide recommendations to the Australian Government on how residential tenancy laws might work better in the future to improve outcomes for women and children who experience domestic and family violence.

    Researchers at the University of South Australia are looking for women who have experienced domestic and family violence and have had trouble trying to rent a property to take part in an online survey to help better understand this issue.

    Click here for more information and to take part in the online survey.

    ANROWS: Call for participants - Gambling and DV

    ANROWS is funding a CQUniversity study into the relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women. It aims to improve domestic violence support and gambling help services for women. Researchers are inviting people with any of the experiences below to participate in confidential interviews between now and December:

    • Women affected by domestic violence linked to their own or a male partner’s gambling;
    • Women who use gambling venues as a “safe space” to escape from domestic violence;
    • Women affected by financial abuse linked to a male partner’s gambling; and
    • Men who have engaged in a behaviour change program for controlling or violent behaviours towards a female partner, and where gambling was an issue for either of them.

    Click here for more information about the study and to register your interest in taking part.

    Australian research

    Events

    Reclaim the Night 2018

    The annual Reclaim the Night march is occurring in Adelaide on Friday 26 October at 5:30 pm at Tartanyangga (Victoria Square).

    Click here to visit the Reclaim the Night Facebook event page for more information.

    Recognising and Responding to Domestic Violence forum

    Women's Safety Service SA is holding a two day forum which is recommended for workers who encounter domestic violence in their work practices. The intention is to ensure consistent and collaborative responses within the wider community when recognising and responding to domestic violence.

    Date: Monday 29 & Tuesday 30 October 2018
    Time: 9.30pm-3.30pm
    Venue: Adelaide Zoo Fig Tree Function Room
    Cost: $120 includes zoo entry, morning tea and lunch

    Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

    Eastern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service Community Quiz Night

    You are invited to a quiz night supporting the Eastern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service (EADVS). Come along and support this community organisation to assist women's safety and wellbeing.  Supper will be provided and is included in the ticket cost, and a cash bar will be available.

    Date: Friday 26 October 2018
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Venue: Sfera's Park Suites & Convention Centre, 191 Reservoir Road, Modbury
    Tickets: Click here to book tickets for the Eastern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service Community Quiz Night

    2018 Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast

    The eleventh annual Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 23 November 2018. Tickets are now available.

    Click here for further information and to book tickets.

    Soroptomist International domestic violence forum

    Community organisation Soroptomist International are holding a forum on domestic violence featuring Dr Fiona Buchanan, Senior Lecturer at UniSA School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy. The theme of the forum is 'Relationships between women and their children following domestic violence: reasons to be hopeful'.

    Date: Monday 5 November 2018
    Time: 6pm if you wish to have dinner, speaker at 7pm (short menu, no pre-ordering required)
    Venue: Rob Roy Hotel 
    RSVP: siadelaide@siswp.org

    Onkaparinga Collaborative Approach (OCA) free community forums

    The OCA has one forum left in its series of free public forums, the "Southern Domestic Violence Forum" series, focusing on different aspects of domestic and family violence. The forums are being held at the Hopgood Theatre in Noarlunga, from 6 - 8:30 pm on the following dates:

    National Child Protection Summit 2018

    The National Child Protection Summit 2018 will be held by KWY in Adelaide from 5 to 7 December 2018.

    The Summit will discuss and showcase practical initiatives and generate  discussions on the challenges many organisations face in managing child protection systems and seek to find better ways for organisational, community and family engagement strategies and requirements to increase safety for children across Australia.

    Click here to view the child protection summit webpage which includes a list of speakers and running sheet.

    Courses and Programs

    DV-Alert Workshops

    DV-Alert offers workshops to build the knowledge and capacity of community frontline workers to provide appropriate support to women and children in Australia. Upcoming DV-Alert 2 day training in South Australia:

    Click here to enrol in one of these workshops.

    Women's Information Service programs

    Family Court Support program

    The Women's Information Service coordinates the free Family Court Support program providing trained volunteers to accompany women to the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court in Adelaide. Family Court Support volunteers attend a comprehensive training program and are experienced with the court processes and in accompanying women to court.

    Click here to visit the Family Court Support program webpage.

    Zahra Foundation Financial Counsellor at WIS

    The Zahra Foundation Outreach at the Women’s Information Service (WIS) provides women affected by domestic and family violence with the chance to meet with a specialist financial counsellor.

    The outreach service is available at WIS on alternate Thursdays from 10am to 4pm. Women are welcome to visit or phone WIS and chat to the Financial Counsellor while she is onsite. Or, you can make an appointment with the Zahra Foundation office by phoning 08 8352 1889.

    Visit the Women's Information Service website for more information.

    Support services

    Should anything contained in this eNews raise any personal issues for you please contact one of the following support services:

    1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732

    Lifeline - 13 11 14

    Domestic Violence Crisis Line (SA) - 1800 800 098

    Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - DVDS

    Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - DVDS

    Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - DVDS

    The South Australian Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) trial is due to go live next week, Tuesday 2 October.

    The DVDS helps people who may be at risk of domestic violence to find out if their current or former partner has a history of violence.

    It is a one-year trial being held across the state, involving South Australia Police, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Office for Women and Women’s Safety Services SA.

    It follows previous consultation conducted through the Domestic Violence Discussion Paper in 2016 and aligns with the ongoing state-wide consultation around stronger domestic and family violence protections.

    It is an important initiative to help people at risk make informed decisions about their safety and/or the safety of their children, seek assistance, undertake safety planning, and/or decide whether or not to remain in the relationship.

    A third party (such as a family member, friend or service provider) can also make application for a disclosure to be made by police to the person they perceive to be at risk.

    You can share this information with your networks and encourage them to promote the scheme to people who may have concerns about safety in a relationship.

    The DVDS flier and the poster are available on the SA Police website. If you would like more information about the DVDS, or would like to access FAQs, posters or the flier, please visit www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety/dvds

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - 20 September 2018

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - 20 September 2018

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - 20 September 2018

    Welcome to the Office for Women Addressing Family Violence eNews Bulletin

    Categories of information provided in this bulletin are as follows:

    News

    Respect Victoria

    The Victorian Government has launched the Respect Victoria website. Respect Victoria is a Government family violence prevention agency working to combat gender inequality and to change attitudes in the community that lead to family violence and violence against women. Respect Victoria has been established to focus on primary prevention of family violence for all Victorians. The agency was involved in the Respect Women: Call it Out campaign and is currently establishing its research parameters.

    Click here to visit the Respect Victoria website.

    Submissions now open for National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    On 20 June 2018 Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, announced a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

    Submissions are now being accepted for this Inquiry, and will be open until early 2019.

    The Commission wants to hear from as many people as possible regarding this inquiry. To facilitate this, the inquiry will involve a submission process, as well as public consultations held in all Australian capital cities and a number of regional cities later in 2018.

    Click here to find out more about the inquiry, learn about the terms of reference, or make a submission.

    Research and Reports

    Australian research

    International research

    Events

    2018 Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast

    The eleventh annual Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 23 November 2018. Bookings will open on Monday 24 September 2018.

    Click here for further information and to book tickets.

    'In Conversation with Change Makers' event supporting Catherine House and the Hutt St Centre

    The Australia Day Council of South Australia is partnering with the Hutt St Centre and Catherine House to host In Conversation with change makers: Supporting Catherine House and the Hutt St Centre. This is a special breakfast supporting Catherine House and the Hutt St Centre.

    The speakers will include: Corey White - Host of Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise, Taryn Brumfitt - Founder of The Body Image Movement, Arman Abrahimzadeh - Anti domestic violence campaigner and Sarah Gun - Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award Recipient 2018.

    Date: Tuesday 16 October
    Time: 6:45am arrival, 7am start
    Venue: Hilton Adelaide

    Click here to find out more and to buy tickets for 'In Conversation with Change Makers'.

    Soroptomist International domestic violence forum

    Community organisation Soroptomist International are holding a forum on domestic violence featuring Dr Fiona Buchanan, Senior Lecturer at UniSA School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy. The theme of the forum is 'Relationships between women and their children following domestic violence: reasons to be hopeful'.

    Date: Monday 5 November 2018
    Time: 6pm if you wish to have dinner, speaker at 7pm (short menu, no pre-ordering required)
    Venue: Rob Roy Hotel 
    RSVP: siadelaide@siswp.org

    Onkaparinga Collaborative Approach (OCA) free community forums

    The OCA is holding a series of free public forums, the "Southern Domestic Violence Forum" series, focusing on different aspects of domestic and family violence. The forums are being held at the Hopgood Theatre in Noarlunga, from 6 - 8:30 pm on the following dates:

    National Child Protection Summit 2018

    The National Child Protection Summit 2018 will be held by KWY in Adelaide from 5 to 7 December 2018.

    The Summit will discuss and showcase practical initiatives and generate  discussions on the challenges many organisations face in managing child protection systems and seek to find better ways for organisational, community and family engagement strategies and requirements to increase safety for children across Australia.

    Click here to view the child protection summit webpage which includes a list of speakers and running sheet.

    Courses and Programs

    Pathways to empowerment registration now open

    Pathways to empowerment is a nine-week course offered by the Zahra Foundation to women who have been affected by domestic and family violence. The course is now available in two locations: Central (near the Adelaide CBD) and Northern (Salisbury).

    Click here for further information about the Central location course.

    Click here for further information about the Northern location course.

    DV-Alert Workshops

    DV-Alert offers workshops to build the knowledge and capacity of community frontline workers to provide appropriate support to women and children in Australia. Upcoming DV-Alert 2 day training in South Australia:

    Click here to enrol in one of these workshops.

    Women's Information Service programs

    Family Court Support program

    The Women's Information Service coordinates the free Family Court Support program providing trained volunteers to accompany women to the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court in Adelaide. Family Court Support volunteers attend a comprehensive training program and are experienced with the court processes and in accompanying women to court.

    Click here to visit the Family Court Support program webpage.

    Zahra Foundation Financial Counsellor at WIS

    The Zahra Foundation Outreach at the Women’s Information Service (WIS) provides women affected by domestic and family violence with the chance to meet with a specialist financial counsellor.

    The outreach service is available at WIS on alternate Thursdays from 10am to 4pm. Women are welcome to visit or phone WIS and chat to the Financial Counsellor while she is onsite. Or, you can make an appointment with the Zahra Foundation office by phoning 08 8352 1889.

    Visit the Women's Information Service website for more information.

    Support services

    Should anything contained in this eNews raise any personal issues for you please contact one of the following support services:

    1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732

    Lifeline - 13 11 14

    Domestic Violence Crisis Line (SA) - 1800 800 098

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    Welcome to the Office for Women Addressing Family Violence eNews Bulletin

    Categories of information provided in this bulletin are as follows:

    News
    Research and Reports

    Events
    Courses and Programs
    Support Services

    News

    South Australian Government's $11.9m package to address domestic violence

    The SA Government has announced an investment of more than $11.9m over the next four years on a suite of measures announced during the March election. The $11.9m package will fund:

    • the establishment of 40 new emergency crisis beds for people fleeing abuse
    • interest-free loans to non-government organisations to fund new domestic violence support housing, including renovations and capital upgrades
    • extending the Women's Safety Services SA domestic violence crisis hotline to a 24-hour service
    • development of a personal protection app
    • a state-wide trial of a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
    • peak body funding for the Coalition of Women's Domestic Violence Services

    Click here to read the South Australian Government's Media Release.

    NSW Sexual Assault Strategy 2018-21

    The New South Wales Government has launched a framework to improve prevention and response to sexual assault. The NSW Sexual Assault Strategy 2018-21 aims to improve the existing service system for people who experience sexual assault while holding perpetrators to account. Click here to read the NSW Sexual Assault Strategy 2018-21.

    YWCA Hidden Women short film

    Canberra YWCA has produced a short documentary film - Hidden Women: Exploring older women's experiences of housing insecurity - highlighting the experiences of older women in housing and gaps in policy and service delivery that make the problems worse for women. The film goes for approximately five minutes. Click here to watch the YWCA short film.

    Research and Reports

    AIHW report - Sleeping Rough

    The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released the report "Sleeping Rough: a profile of Specialist Homelessness Services clients".

    The report explores the experiences of rough sleepers between July 2011 to June 2015. According to the report 34% of rough sleepers are female, female rough sleepers were four times as likely as males to have experienced domestic violence and almost 5 times more likely to have experienced sexual abuse.

    Click here to download the AIHW Sleeping Rough report.

    AHRC report - A Future Without Violence

    The Australian Human Rights Commission has released "A Future Without Violence: Quality, Safeguarding and oversight to prevent and address violence against people with disability in institutional settings". The report outlines the AHRC research, providing an analysis of the current situation and makes four recommendations to strengthen response mechanisms.

    Click here to read the AHRC report and recommendations.

    AWAVA Survey - Violence against women on temporary visas

    The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) are seeking national data on women on temporary visas experiencing violence. AWAVA is seeking to collect nationally consistent data to support service and policy development. Click here to find out more about the AWAVA survey on women on temporary visas experiencing violence.

    YouGov UK report - Unwanted sexual behaviour at music festivals

    YouGov UK research has found that two in five (30%) young female festival goers have been subjected to unwanted sexual behaviour and that one in five of all festival goers have experienced some form of unwanted sexual behaviour. The report also outlines women's experience of sexual assault at music festivals. The report has been developed by use of a survey to collect stories and data. Click here to access the report.

    ANROWS research

    International research

    Events

    Onkaparinga Collaborative Approach (OCA) free community forums

    The OCA is holding a series of free public forums, the "Southern Domestic Violence Forum" series, focusing on different aspects of domestic and family violence. The forums are being held at the Hopgood Theatre in Noarlunga, from 6 - 8:30 pm on the following dates:

    Not So Pretty: Unmasking Domestic Violence

    Junction Australia and the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation are presenting Not So Pretty: Unmasking Domestic Violence a presentation to help business and community recognise domestic violence and empowering action to end it. The Key Note speaker is Ms Vanessa Fowler the Chair of the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation and Allison's sister. The presentation will be held on Thursday 27 September from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm at Adelaide Oval. Click here to book tickets to Not So Pretty: Unmasking Domestic Violence.

    National Child Protection Summit 2018

    The National Child Protection Summit 2018 will be held by KWY in Adelaide from 5 to 7 December 2018. Early bird tickets are now available.

    The Summit will discuss and showcase practical initiatives and generate  discussions on the challenges many organisations face in managing child protection systems and seek to find better ways for organisational, community and family engagement strategies and requirements to increase safety for children across Australia. You will be joining fellow industry leaders, including people from communities, stakeholders, policy makers, sector experts and related professionals.

    Click here to view the child protection summit webpage which includes a list of speakers and running sheet.

    WESNET's 3rd Technology Safety Summit

    The Summit is being held on 6 – 7 September 2018 in the Gold Coast. The Summit brings together national and international experts on technology safety and violence against women.

    Click here to find out more about the WESNET Technology Safety Summit.

    Courses and Programs

    DV-Alert Workshops

    DV-Alert offers workshops to build the knowledge and capacity of community frontline workers to provide appropriate support to women and children in Australia. Upcoming DV-Alert 2 day training in South Australia:

    Click here to enrol in one of these workshops.

    Family Court Support program

    The Women's Information Service coordinates the free Family Court Support program providing trained volunteers to accompany women to the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court in Adelaide. Family Court Support volunteers attend a comprehensive training program and are experienced with the court processes and in accompanying women to court. Click here to visit the Family Court Support program webpage.

    Support services

    Should anything contained in this eNews raise any personal issues for you please contact one of the following support services:

    1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732

    Lifeline - 13 11 14

    Domestic Violence Crisis Line (SA) - 1800 800 098

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