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Office for Women eNews - 14 September 2018

Office for Women eNews - 14 September 2018

Office for Women eNews - 14 September 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
Training
Opportunities

FYI

Office for Women Design Competition - 125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage

Are you into drawing, design or graphics? Constantly doodling on your notebook? Great at coming up with fun tag lines? Then you could be just the creative person we are looking for!

In December 2019, South Australia will celebrate the 125th anniversary of legislation that enabled women in South Australia – for the first time anywhere in Australia – to vote in general elections and to stand for Parliament. The Office for Women is holding a design competition and is looking for a graphic element and a tag line (5 words or less) that could be used to promote events and initiatives that support this anniversary.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about how women won the vote in South Australia, and to get creative with a graphic and tag line that captures the theme of ‘celebrating the past to renew the future’.

Click here to get all the info about the Design Competition for the 125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage.

International Women's Day 2019 and Gender Equality Video competition

UN Women Australia have announced dates around Australia for official 2019 IWD events. The Adelaide IWD Breakfast Committee has launched a new competition this year - 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.

Click here to find out more about IWD 2019 or to subscribe to UN Women Australia for updates.

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.

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.

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.

Events

Youth Symposium

Commissioner for Children and Young People SA in partnership with the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) invite you to the Youth Symposium 'Leading for our Future'. The Symposium will focus on education, training, employment and intersecting issues that affect access pathways for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Date: Friday 12 October 2018
Time:
9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue:
Adelaide Festival Centre, King William St, Adelaide

Click here to find out more about the Youth Symposium and download a registration form.

Fundraiser movie screening: Ladies in Black

Union Aid Abroad APHEDA are holding a fundraiser movie screening of the film Ladies in Black to support the Working Women's Centre in Timor-Leste. This event is jointly hosted by Australia East Timor Friendship Association SA (AETFA), SA Unions, Apheda: Union Aid Abroad SA Activist Committee, and WWC SA.

Date: 10 October 2018
Time: 5:30pm - 10pm
Venue: Capri Theatre, 141 Goodwood road, Goodwood
Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ladies-in-black-wwc-timor-leste-movie-fundraiser-tickets-49802050273

If you cannot attend but would like to donate you can do so by clicking the 'book tickets' link above and selecting 'donation' through the booking system.

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

Women at the Table casual networking drinks

Following two successful formal networking events, Women at the Table invite you to attend a more casual affair at the Noble Gentleman. Ticket price includes food and a premium drinks package, and tickets are strictly limited.

This event is open to women at any stage of their careers. Regardless of your work or life ambitions, it never hurts to know a few more fabulous women!

Date: Thursday 27 September 2018
Time: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Venue: The Noble Gentleman, 41 Currie Street, Adelaide

Click here to book tickets for Women at the Table casual networking drinks

7th annual 'International Day of the Girl' breakfast

The 7th Annual International Day of the Girl breakfast event is coming up soon with inspiring speakers Melinda Tankard Reist and Saul A. Zavarce C. This year's event: Girls & Boys Unite To Change The World! will shine a spotlight on how the power and potential of girls can be released through working collaboratively with boys and men for equality.

Date: Thursday 18 October 2018
Time: 7:00am to 8.30am * please arrive early & be seated by 7.00am
Venue: William Magarey Room, Adelaide Oval, South Gate, War Memorial Drive

All funds raised will support Plan International to continue their gender equality programs to help girls around the world access their right to education, health and protection.

Click here to book tickets for the 2018 International Day of the Girl breakfast.

Code Like a Girl: School Holiday Events

Join a group of 20 like-minded girls in Adelaide to learn more about Cyber Security. Week one is for girls aged 8 - 11, followed by girls aged 12 - 15 in week two. Over three jam-packed days, participants will be using several technology platforms to learn many new skills, including what really goes on behind websites and how they are made with HTML/CSS.

Click here to visit the Code Like a Girl website and find out more about their school holiday events in October 2018.

Business Chicks 'After Hours' networking evening

Business Chicks is Australia’s largest and most influential community for women. On 25 September 2018, join Business Chicks from across the state at a fun networking night with drinks and nibbles.

Despite the name, Business Chicks is not only for women in ‘business’ or women who own their own businesses, it's about helping all women to play a bigger game. Whether you’re running your own show, surrounded by others in an office, or just missing a sense of connection and support, Business Chicks is all about giving you the tools you need to propel yourself and your businesses forward.

Date: Tuesday 25 September 2018
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: National Wine Centre, cnr Hackney Road and North Terrace, Adelaide

Click here to book tickets for Business Chicks networking evening.

Join in for a night of getting to know the incredible women in our community. You never know who you'll meet!

'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. Please join us for a special breakfast supporting Catherine House and the Hutt St Centre. This event is a fundraiser for two of South Australia’s inspirational organisations addressing homelessness and domestic violence.

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'.

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. Donations of prizes, raffle or auction items are welcome, and can be delivered to the Morialta Electorate Office (163 St Bernards Road, Rostrevor) or the Newland Electorate Office (4/1257 North East Road, Ridgehaven SA 5097).

Date: Friday 26 October 2018
Time: 6:30pm for a 7pm start
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
RSVP to bailey.park@parliament.sa.gov.au or call 8365 4224  by 19 October 2018.

The event is hosted by John Gardner MP and Dr Richard Harvey MP. For more information please contact the Newland Electorate Office on 8264 4482. All proceeds go to EADVS.

National Child Protection Summit 2018

The National Child Protection Summit 2018 will be held by KWY in Adelaide in December 2018. Early bird tickets are now available and tickets are tax deductible.

The Summit will discuss and showcase practical initiatives and generate frank and fearless 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 the safety for children across Australia. You will be joining fellow industry leaders, including people from communities, stakeholders, policy makers, sector experts and related professionals alike.

Date: December 5-7 2018
Venue: Pullman Hotel, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide

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

Training

Financial Freedom for Women workshop

A low cost financial advice workshop is being held by financial advisory company DMCA Advisory. At this workshop, participants will learn strategies that let them lead the life they want no matter what financial hurdles they face.

No matter what stage of life or situation you’re facing DMCA offer to help guide you to reach your goals, whether it’s paying off debt, buying a home for your family, learning what you’re entitled to in divorce or simply managing your family finances. It will be a relaxed & friendly environment with open discussion.

Date: Tuesday 25 September 2018
Time: 5:30pm - 7pm
Venue: DMCA Advisory, 75 Belair Road, Kingswood

Click here to find out more about the DMCA Advisory Financial Freedom for Women workshop.

Supporting Resilient Workers: Addressing vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout

A course is being held for community workers and those working with traumatised people, to provide them with the skills to cope with this difficult work. Workers will come away equipped to recognise and address their own experiences in the workplace and support colleagues and their organisation to recognise and manage these very common effects of working with trauma. The training draws on learning around vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout as well as post-trauma growth.

At this time this course is planned for the following regions:

Whyalla
Westlands Hotel, 100 McDouall Stuart Ave, Whyalla Norrie
Tuesday 16 October, 2018 - 9.30 – 4pm

Port Lincoln
Port Lincoln Hotel, 1 Lincoln Highway, Pt Lincoln
Thursday 18 October, 2018 - 9.30 – 4pm

To book please contact Fiona Meade on 0452 040 997 or email fionameade@outlook.com.

    Opportunities

    Women's Safety Services SA are hiring Domestic and Family Violence Counsellors

    The Domestic Violence Crisis Line is expanding to provide 24 hour phone support service for people experiencing domestic and family violence. We have multiple roles - full time, part time and casual - for experienced counsellors. DFV Counsellors will engage in coordinated approaches to assist in alleviating the effects of domestic, family and sexual violence by providing counselling, support and short-term crisis intervention to people that contact the service.

    Click here to learn more about the positions available at Women's Safety Services SA.

    Applications close 9am Monday 17 September 2018.

    Superstars of STEM

    Superstars of STEM aims to smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM.  Science and Technology Australia created Superstars of STEM to create a critical mass of celebrity Australian female scientists and technologists - role models for young women and girls – and to work towards equal representation in the media of women and men working in all fields in STEM.

    Over five years STA will have equipped 150 female scientists and technologists with advanced communication skills and provided them with genuine opportunities to use these skills – in the media, on the stage and in speaking with decision makers.

    Click here to find out how you can get involved as a Superstar of STEM and be a role model to young women.

    Lottie Lyell Award - SA female screen practitioners

    The annual Lottie Lyell Award will support a female South Australian screen practitioner with a cash grant of $20,000, to develop or deliver a bold and ambitious screen-based work.  To qualify, applicants must be able to demonstrate achievement in the screen industry and be seeking to produce a distinctive, ambitious and compelling screen-based work in the spirit of Australian film pioneer, Lottie Lyell.

    Applications close 24 September 2018.

    Click here to learn more about the Lottie Lyell Award.

    Grants to support volunteers

    The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open process to apply for funding to support volunteers under the Volunteer Grants Activity Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers by:

    • providing small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers
    • forming part of the Government’s work to support the volunteers who help disadvantaged Australian communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.

    Applications close at 2:00 pm AEST on 18 September 2018.

    For further information about eligibility and how to apply, go to the Funding Round Application page.
    Information about applying for this funding round can also be found on GrantConnect.

    Women's Leadership Australia - development grants

    As part of a commitment to the 100 Days for Change initiative, Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is offering an opportunity to all women who wish to invest in their own leadership development. During 100 Days for Change WLA will cover 50% of the fee for any woman self-funding her participation in a WLA flagship leadership development program.

    Click here to find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form.

    Applications close 5 October 2018.

    Women in Health

    A specific stream of funding is being provided by WLA to support the development of female leaders across the public health sector. The initiative is providing women working in the sector with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

    The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria being met.

    Click here to find out more about this funding opportunity supporting leadership for Women in Health.

    Applications for the health stream close Friday 21 September 2018.

    Wiyi Yani U Thangani - Women's Voices project

    A survey has been announced under the Wiyi Yani U Thangani - Women's Voices project led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO. The Wiyi Yani U Thangani, or Women’s Voices project, being run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar, has so far heard from more than 1000 women and girls at gatherings in Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. The project has now launched an online survey open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women over 18 years of age.

    Click here to read more about Wiyi Yani U Thangani.

    Click here to participate in the Wiyi Yani U Thangani survey.

    The Commission would appreciate responses by 5 October 2018 but will accept submissions up to the closing date of 30 November 2018.

    Applications for the Community Voices program to open in September 2018

    Do you work for a community organisation that relies on volunteers? Do you want to promote the work you do and increase volunteer participation? Work with Flinders University filmmaking students to produce a short video about your organisation, what you do and your community impact. The Community Voices Program provides a unique opportunity for community organisations to partner with Flinders University film-making students to produce community documentaries or online video advertisements to promote, train or recruit volunteers.

    Click here to learn more about the Community Voices program.

    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 - 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

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - 24 August 2018

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - 24 August 2018

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - 24 August 2018

    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

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence - 26 July 2018

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence - 26 July 2018

    Office for Women eNews - Addressing Domestic and Family Violence - 26 July 2018

    Welcome to the Office for Women Addressing Domestic and 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

    Consultation - proposed legislative changes to strengthen laws addressing domestic and family violence

    The South Australian Attorney-General has announced legislative changes to strengthen laws addressing family and domestic violence in this state. These proposed changes include:

    • Creating a new offence for strangulation
    • Increasing penalties for repeated breaches of intervention orders
    • Allowing video evidence recorded by police to be used in court
    • Expanding the definition of domestic abuse to include more types of relationships

    A consultation is being held on these proposed changes through the YourSAy platform. Click here to find out more about the consultation on proposed changes to legislation related to domestic and family violence and have your say.

    Consultations close 17 August 2018.

    Consultation - DSS Stronger Outcomes for Families

    The Department of Social Services (DSS) invites you to contribute to the future of family and children services. Under the Families and Children Activity, DSS invests approximately $217 million annually in the following programs:

    • Communities for Children Facilitating Partners
    • Family and Relationship Services
    • Children and Parenting Support
    • Intensive Family Support Service
    • Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters.

    The majority of grant agreements for these programs expire on 30 June 2020. It is therefore timely to discuss how to continue to ensure programs achieve positive outcomes for families and children into the future.

    To facilitate this process, a Stronger Outcomes for Families’ discussion paper has been released on the DSS Engage website. DSS is seeking feedback on the discussion paper from service providers, academics, state and territory governments and families and children.

    DSS wants to be clear that the ideas proposed in the discussion paper are ideas for testing only. The discussion paper does not represent DSS’ final policy position. This process is the beginning of the engagement. Discussions will continue over the coming years.

    Consultations close 15 August 2018.

    New legislation in Family Court

    The Federal Government has introduced legislation to stop self-represented litigants in Family Courts cross-examining people against whom they have perpetrated violence.

    The Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018 will prohibit direct cross examination in specific and serious circumstances to protect victims from re-traumatisation. This includes where there are convictions, charges or final family violence orders in place between the parties.

    Courts will also have discretion to prohibit direct cross-examination in cases where family violence is alleged and, if a court does not exercise that discretion, it will be mandatory for the court to apply other protections, such as the use of video links or screens in the court room.

    Read more about these changes in this media release from the Federal Attorney-General.

    Position vacant - Project Officer at Women's Safety Services SA

    Applications are being sought for the position of Project Officer at Women's Safety Services SA.

    The Project Officer will lead the trial of the Our Watch Project – ‘A Survivor Media Advocacy Project for the Prevention of Violence against Women’. This project will be one of three States to trial the implementation of the National Our Watch Media Strategy. The Project Worker will lead survivor engagement and training and participate in the evaluation process that promote and enable women survivors to become advocates. It is a 12 month contract position.

    Click here to visit the Women's Safety Services SA website for more information.

    Applications close 1 August 2018.

    "Act of Love" project - opportunity for artists

    The City of Charles Sturt is looking for expressions of interest from up to twelve emerging or professional artists to create portraits of local community members that have at some point in their lives been affected by domestic and family violence, in an effort to raise community awareness and bring about positive change.

    Successful artists will be paired up with members of the community that have been affected by domestic and family violence to paint their portrait. The portraits will be a thoughtful and positive portrayal of the person, showing their inner dignity and strength.

    Expressions of Interest proposals should be submitted to Vesna Rozman, Social Inclusion Coordinator, City of Charles Sturt by email vrozman@charlessturt.sa.gov.au. For further information on this project please call Vesna on 8408 1173.

    Expressions of interest will be accepted until 5pm Friday 10 August 2018.

    'Ask for Angela' campaign launched in NSW

    Recently the New South Wales Government launched the internationally recognised safety campaign 'Ask for Angela' in Sydney's CBD. This campaign works to prevent violence against women through allowing patrons at participating venues to 'Ask for Angela' if they feel unsafe, alerting staff to assist the patron in ensuring their safety.

    Originally created two years ago in Lincolnshire, England, Minister for Police Troy Grant said the program has been successful and supports the introduction in Sydney. Police will monitor how effective the program is before considering a broader use.

    Read more about the 'Ask for Angela' program on the NSW Police website.

    Invitation for comment - reproductive coercion

    Non-profit reproductive health organisation Marie Stopes Australia invites comments on a draft White Paper titled 'Hidden Forces', discussing the topic of reproductive coercion. This draft paper addresses the complexities of reproductive coercion, described as a situation when a person, usually a woman, is not in control of their reproductive choices.

    Parts of the paper have been highlighted to indicate areas which might benefit from more diversity of voices, and further consideration.

    Click here to access the draft paper and find out how you can contribute your insights.

    Consultations close 17 August 2018.

    Submissions now open - National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian workplaces

    The Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, has announced that the Australian Human Rights Commission will undertake a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. The 12-month inquiry will consider the economic impact of sexual harassment, the drivers of these behaviours and the adequacy of the existing legal framework.The Commission's focus will be systemic issues, the Commission will therefore not be investigating individual allegations of sexual harassment as part of the inquiry.

    Click here for more information about the Australian Human Rights Commission national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

    The Commission will be accepting submissions until early 2019.

    Research and Reports

    ANROWS research

    Guide to assist in the accurate reporting of key violence against women statistics. This guide is for use by the media and other commentators including government officials, academics, sector leaders and community advocates.

    Updated edition of 'Resources to address violence against women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities'.

    Major issues identified in the ANROWS research relevant to children, the factors preventing effective service delivery and the policy and practice changes recommended by the researchers.

    CEDAW report - Australia's record on women's rights

    Early in July 2018, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of discrimination Against Women reviewed Australia's record on women's rights. The Committee met with civil society organisations and human rights institutions about key concerns. A report of concluding observations on was published on 23 July 2018.

    Click here to access the concluding observations of the CEDAW committee.

    Research papers

    Newsletters

    The following newsletters are available online:

    ANROWS Notepad (Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety)

    AWAVA Weekly Round Up (Australian Women Against Violence Alliance)

    National Plan Newsletter

    Events

    Tickets still available for symposium - Changing Attitudes and Creating Safer Communities

    The Women’s Legal Service (SA) and Soroptimist Torrens would like to invite you to a symposium titled 'Changing Attitudes & Creating Safer Communities'. The full day event on 2 August 2018 will showcase grassroots programs and initiatives that focus on building safer communities in South Australia.

    The objective is to look at the creative and innovative ways programs are supporting women, young people and families to be safe from violence. Guest speakers include Natasha Stott-Despoja (Chair of Our Watch), 'human durability' speaker Derrick McManus, and Chief Magistrate Jay McGrath.

    In addition to guest speakers, there will be representatives from various organisations across the state. Service representatives will be on Q&A panels covering the following topics - 1) Young People (school programs/centres), 2) Homelessness (Older women/DV shelters) and 3) Criminal offending/Perpetrators of violence.

    The jam-packed day will be a hybrid of information sharing, reflection and networking. Through panel discussions attendees will hear about what other people are doing, what challenges they have faced, what has worked, and what hasn’t.

    Morning tea and a buffet lunch will be provided on the day for everyone to enjoy.

    Date: Thursday 2 August 2018
    Time: 9:30am - 4pm
    Venue: Bradley Forum, L5, Hawke Building, UniSA CityWest Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide
    TicketsClick here to book tickets for the Changing Attitudes and Creating Safer Communities symposium.

    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. Donations of prizes, raffle or auction items are welcome, and can be delivered to the Morialta Electorate Office (163 St Bernards Road, Rostrevor) or the Newland Electorate Office (4/1257 North East Road, Ridgehaven SA 5097).

    Date: 26 October 2018
    Time: 6:30pm for a 7pm start
    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
    RSVP to bailey.park@parliament.sa.gov.au or call 8365 4224  by 19 October 2018.

    The event is hosted by John Gardner MP and Dr Richard Harvey MP. For more information please contact the Newland Electorate Office on 8264 4482. All proceeds go to EADVS.

    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 Technology Safety Summit.

    Courses and Programs

    Pathways to Empowerment course for women who have experienced domestic violence

    The Zahra Foundation are running their popular program 'Pathways to Empowerment' in the Southern and Central regions of Adelaide in Term 3 2018. This 8-week program is for women who have experienced domestic violence, and focuses on:

    • Connection - Reconnecting with yourself, other women and the community
    • Empowerment - A chance to work out what matter, how you want to live your life and the practical steps to take to achieve this.
    • Pathways - Get information and support to find your path into work, study, volunteering and getting your financial situation back on track.

    Activities will guide participants to think about their hopes, values and skills; and provide information and support if participants are interested in moving into study or employment.

    To register or find out more, please contact the Zahra Foundation on (08) 8352 1889, or email admin@zahrafoundation.org.au.

    Supporting Resilient Workers: Addressing vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout

    A course is being held for community workers and those working with traumatised people, to provide them with the skills to cope with this difficult work. Workers will come away equipped to recognise and address their own experiences in the workplace and support colleagues and their organisation to recognise and manage these very common effects of working with trauma. The training draws on learning around vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout as well as post-trauma growth.

    At this time this course is planned for the following regions:

    Whyalla
    Westlands Hotel, 100 McDouall Stuart Ave, Whyalla Norrie
    Tuesday 16 October, 2018 - 9.30 – 4pm

    Port Lincoln
    Port Lincoln Hotel, 1 Lincoln Highway, Pt Lincoln
    Thursday 18 October, 2018 - 9.30 – 4pm

    To book please contact Fiona Meade on 0452 040 997 or email fionameade@outlook.com.

    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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