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At the Office for Women we often hear about initiatives, programs and events that are of benefit to women. In order to enhance the lives of South Australian women, we regularly collect and mail out links to these items in our Office for Women eNews. This eNews is open to members of the community with an interest in promoting women's empowerment and inclusion.

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Office for Women eNews - 25 March 2021

Office for Women eNews - 25 March 2021

Office for Women eNews - 25 March 2021

Get involved

Seeking volunteers for Women's Information Service hubs

Whyalla & Gawler

Applications are now open to become a volunteer at the recently opened WIS safety hub 'The Haven' in Gawler. Apply now to receive a call in April.

Applications are also open to become a volunteer at the WIS safety hub 'The Haven' opening in Whyalla in 2021. Volunteers are provided with comprehensive training to assist women seeking information and referrals for life challenges especially concerning safety. Training is scheduled to commence in June 2021.

Apply now: https://officeforwomen.sa.gov.au/womens-information-service/volunteering-programs

Want to know more before you apply?
Contact WIS to register your interest in an information session via Zoom.
Phone (08) 8303 0590 or email wis@sa.gov.au.

Events

BPW Adelaide International Night Dinner

Business and Professional Women (BPW) are hosting their 2021 Adelaide BPW International night dinner on Wednesday, 14th of April at 6.30pm at Self Storage Australia, 1002 Grand Junction Road, Holden Hill.

The Guest Speaker is Saru Rana – Founder Shamshir Foundation. International Night celebrates women of the world and this year is only open to women to attend. Guests are asked to bring a plate of internationally inspired food to share (enough for 3-4 people), with serving implements.

Cost: BPW & Shamshir Members $20, Non-members $25.

Email Adelaide@bpw.com.au to register. Click here to find out more about BPW Australia.

News and Views

Media release - Nominations open for Women's Honour Roll

South Australia’s most inspirational and innovative women – and the community – are being encouraged to nominate for the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll, officially opened on International Women’s Day.

Click here to find out more and nominate a woman for the Women's Honour Roll.

News articles

Women's Agenda - When we have control, we succeed: June Oscar on the 2021 Close the Gap report
UN Women - Women must be 'front and centre' of pandemic recovery, UN chief says
ABC News - Egyptian feminist, activist Nawal Saadawi dies at 89
The Guardian - Waking up to New York: secrets of the world's most famous women-only hotel
The Conversation - It's not lack of confidence that's holding back women in STEM
ABC News - Mothers and Sons program helps women raise boys to become non-violent, respectful men
Women's Agenda - It's terrorism when racism and Asian fetishisation intersect
BBC News - How many violent attacks and sexual assaults on women are there?
Women's Agenda - How men can be allies to women right now
The Conversation - Evidence shows mental illness isn't a reason to doubt women survivors

Reports and Resources

Reports

Experiences of domestic violence among women with restrictive long-term health conditions

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) report, Experiences of domestic violence among women with restrictive long-term health conditions, was prepared for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. It describes the domestic violence experiences of women with restrictive long-term health conditions during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, using survey data collected in May 2020 from over 8,000 Australian women who were in a current relationship.

After controlling for a number of other factors associated with domestic violence such as age, Indigenous status and education level, women with a restrictive long-term health condition were more likely than women without such health conditions to have experienced physical or sexual partner violence and/or coercive control in the three months prior to the survey. Women with restrictive long-term health conditions were also more likely to report experiencing the onset or escalation of domestic violence in the past three months. The risk of domestic violence was even higher among women with intersecting risk factors for domestic violence: Indigenous women, women from non-English-speaking backgrounds, and women under financial stress.

You can read the report on the Australian Institute of Criminology website.

Diversity Council Australia & Our Watch - Myth Busting Domestic & Family Violence at Work

Domestic and family violence is a critical issue in the workplace. If an employee is living with, or using, domestic and family violence, it will have an impact on the workplace through absenteeism, presenteeism and the costs of replacement hiring. Not to mention the personal impacts on those people living with family and domestic violence.

But we know from our conversations with Australian businesses, that there can still be a reluctance on the part of some organisations to address an issue that for so long was seen as something purely in the domain of the home. This resource uses evidence to tackle some common myths about domestic and family violence and provides tools and resources for Australian organisations to become leaders in prevention.

You can read the report and watch a video snapshot of the findings on the Diversity Council Australia website.

Resources

Break the Cycle website

Visit the website to access resources and information on how to Break the Cycle of domestic violence.

Break the Cycle of domestic abuse.

www.breakthecycle.sa.gov.au

'Don't become that man' website

A website resource has been created for men who want to stop using violence, or who don't want to become men who use violence. The 'Don't become that man' website offers support through encouraging men to connect with treatment and support services to prevent escalation to violence; and engaging men by focusing on their behaviour and the harm created by their violence against women and children.

View the 'Don't Become that Man' website.

WIS What's On

The Women's Information Service regularly publish a 'What's On' of community services and events for South Australian women. Find the WIS What's On on our website.

Office for Women eNews - 11 March 2021

Office for Women eNews - 11 March 2021

Office for Women eNews - 11 March 2021

Get involved

Seeking volunteers for Women's Information Service hubs

Whyalla

Applications are now open to become a volunteer at the WIS safety hub 'The Haven' opening in Whyalla in 2021. Volunteers are provided with comprehensive training to assist women seeking information and referrals for life challenges especially concerning safety. Training is scheduled to commence in June 2021.

Apply now: https://officeforwomen.sa.gov.au/womens-information-service/volunteering-programs

Want to know more before you apply?  Come to our Zoom information session.  
Date: Tuesday 23 March at 11am
To book your place at the information session contact: wis@sa.gov.au

Events

Women and War - An International Women's Day event

This International Women’s Day event celebrates the resilience and strength shown by women during war and armed conflict, and their post-conflict role in building peace and restoring/healing communities. Speakers will discuss the UN Women, Peace and Security Agenda; Iraqi women’s resilience and ways of surviving trauma in the Iraq War; and peacebuilding work by women’s organisations during wars in the former Yugoslavia.

Click here to find out more and register for the Women and War International Women's Day Event.

News and Views

South Australia’s most inspirational and innovative women – and the community – are being encouraged to nominate for the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll, officially opened on International Women’s Day.

Click here to find out more and nominate a woman for the Women's Honour Roll.

News articles

BBC News - International Women's Day 2021: History, marches and celebrations
Women's Agenda - Calling out the career choice gap on International Women's Day
UN Women - Claiming women's space in leadership
ABC News - Gender pay gap shrinks during COVID recovery as low-paid men regain employment
The Guardian - Quarter of women and girls have been abused by a partner, says WHO
The Conversation - In Victoria, animal abuse may soon be considered a form of family violence. Here's why that matters
ABC News - Help escaping domestic violence, a simple bag of essentials called Escape bags
The New York Times - Speaking of Britney... What about all those other women?
Women's Agenda - How to cope when sexual assault cases make headlines
The Conversation - I'm a sexual assault counsellor. Here's why it's so hard for survivors to come forward, and what happens when they do

Reports and Resources

Reports

Australian Institute of Criminology - Who is most at risk?

The AIC report, Who is most at risk of physical and sexual partner violence and coercive control during the COVID-19 pandemic?, the third in a series of reports investigating the “shadow pandemic” of domestic violence, demonstrated that the risk of experiencing physical and sexual violence in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic was higher for specific groups of women: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, those aged 18 to 24, those with a restrictive health condition, pregnant women and women in financial stress.

The report noted that this information is crucial for service providers’ ability to continue to meet the needs of women experiencing domestic violence during periods where situational stressors like increased social isolation and financial stress are heightening risks of domestic violence.

You can read the report on the Australian Institute of Criminology website.

Fact sheets - Responding to domestic violence for community leaders

To help inform and advance our work in addressing issues related to DFSV of concern to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities, the Office for Women have partnered with Women’s Safety Services SA and Multicultural Communities Council of SA, to prepare four fact sheets, to help in better understanding, effectively identifying and responding to individuals and families who may be experiencing DFSV. The Office for Women is currently in the process of having these fact sheets translated into multiple community languages. These will be added to the website soon.

Click here to access the fact sheets under the Responding to domestic violence for community leaders heading.

Resources

Break the Cycle website

Visit the website to access resources and information on how to Break the Cycle of domestic violence.

Break the Cycle of domestic abuse.

www.breakthecycle.sa.gov.au

'Don't become that man' website

A website resource has been created for men who want to stop using violence, or who don't want to become men who use violence. The 'Don't become that man' website offers support through encouraging men to connect with treatment and support services to prevent escalation to violence; and engaging men by focusing on their behaviour and the harm created by their violence against women and children.

View the 'Don't Become that Man' website.

WIS What's On

The Women's Information Service regularly publish a 'What's On' of community services and events for South Australian women. Find the WIS What's On on our website.

Supporting our stakeholders during COVID-19

Supporting our stakeholders during COVID-19

Supporting our stakeholders during COVID-19

Supporting our NGOs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s been a tough few weeks for all as we navigate a new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Its hard to navigate the unknown, and we are all finding new ways to work and support the community during this time.

To ensure that you have one, consistent source of information, our Department has developed a page on its website dedicated to providing NGOs with a place to find information and support.

The DHS NGO coronavirus support page includes a link to current news, an online forum for questions, key contacts, policies and resources as well as a Pandemic Readiness information package for the non-government sector to support organisations through this period. This package is part of a detailed Toolkit to assist the sector in preparation and business continuity. The page will be regularly updated with key information to keep you informed.

We encourage you to visit this website regularly, and to consider signing up for the Department of Human Services NGO e-news. Our latest newsletter and past newsletters are available to read online.

The current newsletter includes information on accessing Personal Protective Equipment, current protocols and guidelines, support available for communities and your workforce as well as links to our Q&As and webinars.

Each newsletter will include relevant information from across the Department, including that relevant to the Office for Women and the Women's Information Service. Most importantly, it will ensure you are up to date on what impacts on you as well as providing a a forum to answer questions your questions and hear feedback.

If you have any questions contact the COVID-19 response team at DHSCOVIDresponse@sa.gov.au.

Please continue to take care of yourselves, your families, colleagues and clients as we navigate this unprecedented crisis together.

Release of Break the Cycle campaign to end domestic violence

Release of Break the Cycle campaign to end domestic violence

Release of Break the Cycle campaign to end domestic violence

Break the Cycle campaign to end domestic violenceIf your partner is tracking your calls without consent, that's domestic abuse. Break the Cycle.

A powerful new advertising campaign is urging South Australians to help “break the cycle” of domestic abuse, aimed at people concerned about their own, or their partner’s behaviour – and is encouraging them to reach out and seek help.

The Break The Cycle campaign will run for six weeks across metropolitan and regional television, radio, digital and social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok.

A new website launched as part of the campaign will act as a one-stop-shop for all domestic violence information in SA.

The campaign’s central tagline is: If you feel the need to break something, break the cycle of domestic abuse and aims to encourage those experiencing or perpetrating violence in the home to recognise it and take action.

It is well documented the cycle of abuse usually begins with tensions building, then an incident occurs, often the parties reconcile and then there is a period of calm. Then tensions build again, repeating the cycle. The aim of the campaign is help break that cycle.

Domestic abuse is not limited to physical violence and can include controlling behaviours and emotional abuse, such as restricting someone’s access to money or technology. Educating the community about the different types and forms of abuse is a key strategy in increasing people's ability to recognise abuse, and intervene early through contacting services.

Depriving your partner of financial independence is domestic abuse. Break the cycle.The campaign encourages men using abusive behaviour to contact the Men's Referral Service (1300 766 491), introduced to South Australia for the first time in April this year. Break The Cycle enables people to become aware if they are experiencing abuse; recognise a harmful behaviour as their own; and to know that if they know someone is at risk, there help is available.

All South Australians can help break the cycle of domestic abuse and we all have an important role to play in ending domestic, family and sexual violence.

Domestic violence funding is supporting at-risk women and children in SA, including ensuring the Domestic Violence Crisis Line can operate 24/7 and enabling the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme and a life-saving phone app which puts women in direct contact with support, to continue.

Break the Cycle website

Men’s Referral Service: Phone 1300 766 491

Domestic Violence Crisis Line: Phone 1800 800 098

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02 Mar 2021
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