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Office for Women eNews - 19 November 2020

Office for Women eNews - 19 November 2020

Office for Women eNews - 19 November 2020

Get involved

Women & Leadership Australia - leadership scholarships

Women and Leadership Australia

Women leaders at all management levels are encouraged to apply for a Female Leader's Scholarship to participate in leadership training through Women & Leadership Australia. These scholarships are between $1000 and $5000 and go towards WLA courses. To find out more about WLA scholarships for women's leadership click here.

Rural Financial Counselling Service Grant program - invitation for organisations to apply to deliver services

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open and competitive process to apply to deliver services under the RFCS program in the 12 predefined service regions from 2021–22 to 2023–24. Applicants may apply for more than one service region, including across different states.

The RFCS program is an Australian Government initiative that provides free and independent financial counselling to eligible farmers, fishers, foresters and small related enterprises who are experiencing, or at risk of, financial hardship.

The vision for the 2021 to 2024 RFCS program is to empower clients to take control of their financial situation and cultivate financially capable primary producers that are profitable, self-reliant and resilient.

Click here to find out more about the RFCS grant program.

Applications close 11PM AEDT 11 December 2020.

Share your views on plans to reduce discrimination against members of the LGBTIQ+ community

The Equal Opportunity Act 1984 allows some organisations to discriminate in relation to their staffing practices and how they provide services to their clients.

Amendments have been proposed to the act that would change these rules about discrimination. The changes would also create an exception that lets people or organisations discriminate when selecting people for direct participation in religious practices, which will preserve important religious freedoms. The changes would not affect the current ability of religious schools to hire staff in accordance with their religious values

Have your say on these proposed changes to the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 on the YourSay platform here.

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 27 November 2020.

Events

Girls Rock! Adelaide summer rock camp

Girls Rock! Adelaide is a not-for-profit organisation providing music mentoring opportunities to girls, trans (any trans gender identity including trans male) and gender-diverse young people aged 10-17.

Applications are now open for their summer rock camp! This is a week-long day program where young people can choose an instrument (guitar, bass, drums, vocals or keyboard/synth), get music lessons, join bands, see lunchtime concerts, do workshops, and connect in with like-minded peers.

Dates: 11-16 January 2021
Venue: Goodwood Community Centre

No prior music experience necessary and all instruments provided!

Half and full scholarships available. Some support available for accommodation and travel costs for rural and regional young people.

Applications close 30 November 2020 or when all positions are filled.

For more information see https://www.girlsrockadelaide.org/program

WESNET presents - Findings of the 2nd National Survey on Tech Abuse and Domestic Violence

Early this year WESNET, along with Dr Delanie Woodlock and researchers from Curtin University, conducted the Second National Survey on Technology Abuse and Domestic Violence.

Funded by Telstra, the survey was completed by 442 domestic violence workers across all states and territories in Australia. The survey repeats and expands on the original survey conducted in 2015 by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.

On November 24, Karen Bentley, CEO of WESNET, and Professor Donna Chung of Curtin University will discuss the survey findings, knowledge and insights gained from the survey, such as how perpetrators of domestic violence are misusing technology as a tactic for abuse, threats, monitoring and surveillance. The event will also explore what has changed over the last five years and gain insights into the way technology is being misused during COVID-19.

Date: 24 November 2020
Time: 1:00 PM AEDT (12:30pm in SA)
Registerhttps://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6116032360909/WN_WrueFizNRqazaMyvN38KgA

ANROWS webinar - Accurately identifying the person most in need of protection

The 2017 Annual report of the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board found that a high proportion of female victims, and nearly all Aboriginal victims, of domestic and family violence (DFV)-related deaths had been recorded by police as a perpetrator of DFV on at least one occasion. The Advisory Board specifically recommended research on how to best identify and respond to the “person most in need of protection” (Recommendation 16). Recognising the national significance of misidentification of victims as perpetrators of DFV, ANROWS conducted the research reported in ‘Accurately identifying “the person most in need of protection” in domestic and family violence law.

The research report focuses on the gap between the intent of the law and its application, factors that contribute to women being misidentified as perpetrators of DFV, and areas for improvement through procedural guidance and professional development for police and courts. These themes will be addressed in a panel discussion facilitated by Ms Sam Mostyn, Chair of the ANROWS Board with:

  • Dr Heather Nancarrow, CEO ANROWS & lead author of the report
  • His Honour Terry Ryan, State Coroner and Chair, Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board
  • Inspector Ben Martain, Manager, State Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit, Queensland Police Service

The panel discussion will be followed by a live Q&A. This webinar is designed for policymakers, systems-wide practice design decision makers, and practitioners working in police, courts, justice and domestic and family violence services.

The webinar is open to anyone and free to attend. A recording of the webinar will also be available on the ANROWS website.

Enquiries: rachel.pow@anrows.org.au

Date: Wednesday 25 November 2020
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (AEDT - Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart)
Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1497682582219129099

White Ribbon breakfast 2020

The 2020 White Ribbon breakfast has been deferred to a yet-to-be-determined date in 2021. However, the organisation encourages the community to hold a small event in person or online, and provide details to White Ribbon.

To run an event or donate to White Ribbon, click here.

News and Views

Media release - Federal Government improves unpaid parental leave entitlements
Media release - Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AO elected to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
Media release - Liberal women consider coercive control crackdown
Media release - Winnovation Awards 2020 Finalists

News articles

Asia & the Pacific Policy Society - Should Australia criminalise coercive control?
SMH - Looser lending laws may lead to worse financial abuse, campaigners warn
Women's Agenda - 10 Indigenous women blazing a trail in Australia today
ABC News - Hannah Clarke domestic violence tragedy to teach teenagers about coercive control, abusive partners
Women's Agenda - Acknowledging the impact of status and class is a vital piece of the gender equality puzzle
ABC News - Women enduring higher rates of anxiety and depression during COVID-19 pandemic
ABC News - Chiaka Moneke is helping African-Australian women escape domestic violence despite the taboos
RiotAct - Physicist Dr Cathy Foley to become next Chief Scientist
Women's Agenda - Mary Wollstonecraft statue: a provocative tribute for a radical woman
ABC News - Merle Thornton recognised with honorary doctorate and 'Merle's Pledge' to fight corporate gender inequality
CityMag - Suffragette Group is fixing South Australian Parliament's lack of female representation
SBS News - Financial stress has been soaring among Aussie workers - and women are disproportionately affected
The Guardian - Female enrolment at Australian universities dropped by 86,000 in 2020 as 'pink recession' hit
InDaily - Appoint former PM Julia Gillard next SA Governor: MP

Reports and Resources

Reports

Working Women's Centre - Young women and COVID-19 Survey Snapshot

The Working Women's Centre SA is running a survey currently to help build a picture of how young women under 30 working in South Australia have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They have released a snapshot of data collected so far, but are inviting young women under 30 to continue providing their views through their survey.

Click here to view the WWC SA snapshot data of their survey of women under 30 in South Australia.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report - The health and welfare of women in Australia's prisons

This report shows that women entering prison often come from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a history of substance use and mental health issues. The report also highlights the need for a gender-specific approach to health care in prisons. Click here to read more about or download the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report about the health and welfare of women in Australia's prisons.

Australian Institute of Criminology report - Misconceptions of sexual crimes against adult victims: Barriers to justice

Despite the prevalence of sexual offending in our communities, there is a lack of understanding about the nature and dynamics of sexual crimes. Myths and misconceptions about sexual offending are common and may contribute to the high attrition rates of sexual offence cases throughout the criminal justice system. This study synthesises over 40 years of research evidence to present an accurate and updated picture of sexual offending. With specialist knowledge, we can improve criminal justice responses and outcomes for victims of sexual crime. Click here to read more about or download the Australian Institute of Criminology report on Misconceptions of Sexual Crimes Against Adult Victims.

OurWatch report - Tracking Progress in Prevention

On 4 November this year Our Watch launched 'Tracking Progress in Prevention: A national monitoring report on progress towards the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia'. This world-first report shows that tracking national progress towards reducing violence against women is possible and how it can be done. Click here to read more about and download the OurWatch 'Tracking Progress in Prevention' report.

Listening to young people’s experience of family violence

The ACT Children and Young People Commissioner and Family Safety Hub partnered to listen to young people’s experience of domestic and family violence. 70 young people aged 13 to 24 shared their views or personal stories of living with family violence during in-depth interviews and group discussions.

Click here to read about 'Now you have heard us what will you do: Young people's experiences of domestic and family violence'

Participate in research

Are you a woman running a business?

Femeconomy and Economic Security 4 Women are producing a discussion paper on how women owned businesses impact women's economic security and to see what opportunities there are in different supply chains and markets.

If you would like to have your say, complete their qualitative survey by Thursday 26 November.

Click here to participate in the Femeconomy and Economic Security 4 Women survey.

Do you work with or provide services to men?

Do you work with or provide services to men? The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre (MGFVPC) want to hear about your screening practices for family violence. MGFVPC is conducting the first national examination of current practices and future directions for screening, identifying, assessing and managing men’s risk of DFV perpetration across specialist men’s and mainstream services in Australia. Please respond to their short survey via the link above. It takes only 5-10 minutes.

Intimate partner violence by ADF personnel

Do you have insight into intimate partner violence perpetrated by Australian Defence Force personnel? QUT researcher Rebecca Pollard is inviting persons with experience in Australian Defence Force culture or advocates/practitioners with experience in intimate partner violence who have assisted Australian Defence Force spouses. Participation will involve an audio recorded interview that takes approximately one hour. To arrange an interview contact rebecca.deane@qut.edu.au.

Technology facilitated abuse survey

This study explores the implications of the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) on gender-based domestic violence and abuse. IoT stands for the interconnection of everyday devices via the Internet, enabling them to collect, send and receive data.

If you are a person working with clients who are victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence or abuse, you are invited to participate in this research.

Click here to participate in this survey about your observations of technology facilitated abuse among victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence or abuse.

Migrant and refugee women's views and experiences

Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre & Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women For Change have partnered to develop a national survey of migrant and refugee women’s views and experiences in Australia. Click here to participate in this study of Migrant and Refugee Women.

How men and women are managing their responsibilities during COVID-19

This research project aims to understand how work - paid employment and unpaid work - and home life has changed and continues to change due to the outbreak of COVID-19/Coronavirus in Australia. In particular, we are interested in understanding how men and women are managing their broad range of responsibilities, navigating new ways of working and continuing to provide care within their families. The aim is to understand the issues and challenges faced during this period to inform research, policy and industry insights. Find out more about participating in this COVID-19 study here.

Gendered division of labour in the home

Broad Agenda are looking into the gendered division of labour in the home, and are seeking participants to send in a week's worth of photos related to the unpaid work they are doing during COVID-19 restrictions. Find out more about how to participate in this Broad Agenda study here.

Resources

WESNET & Uber to provide free rides

WESNET is pleased to be able to pass on free rides with Uber to financial WESNET Full Members who are also participating Safe Connections agencies, through the WESNET Rides program. Full WESNET members are also eligible for the program. Click here to find out more about the WESNET and UBER rides program.

Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Domestic Violence Victoria 'shadow pandemic' webinars

The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre partnered with Domestic Violence Victoria, the peak body for specialist family violence services for women and children in Victoria, to deliver a 'Responding to the Shadow Pandemic' webinar series. Each session provides an opportunity to hear updates and findings from the family violence sector and the Monash research team investigating family violence during COVID-19 as well as practice experts from relevant organisations. View the 'shadow pandemic' webinar series online here.

Resources for DFV Agencies wanting to use technology with clients during COVID-19

WESNET have released advice and resources for domestic and family violence agencies seeking to use technology to support clients during COVID-19 restrictions.

'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 here.

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 - 6 November 2020

Office for Women eNews - 6 November 2020

Office for Women eNews - 6 November 2020

Get involved

Federal Government grant funding - Scholarships for women in finance and economics

The Australian Government is inviting applications from an organisation(s) or consortium to apply for grant funding under the Women’s Leadership and Development Program to administer and manage the delivery of the Scholarships for Women in Finance and Economics program across Australia.

The objective of the scholarships is to encourage more women to study accounting, business, finance and economics, or to renew, upskill or refresh their skills in these areas. This will assist more women to enter, re-enter and achieve leadership roles in the economics and financial services industry.

In particular, the scholarships will focus on supporting more women from disadvantaged backgrounds studying economics and related fields. This should include, but not be limited to, women who:

  • are re-entering the workforce
  • have low socio economic status
  • are mature age or young
  • are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • are new migrants
  • are living in rural and remote areas.

The intended outcome of the scholarships is to create a talent pool and pipeline to increase numbers of women in careers in accounting, finance and economics, or aspiring to leadership roles in the economic and financial services industry.      

Applications close at 11:00 pm AEDT on 17 November 2020.

Share your views on plans to reduce discrimination against members of the LGBTIQ+ community

The Equal Opportunity Act 1984 allows some organisations to discriminate in relation to their staffing practices and how they provide services to their clients.

Amendments have been proposed to the act that would change these rules about discrimination. The changes would also create an exception that lets people or organisations discriminate when selecting people for direct participation in religious practices, which will preserve important religious freedoms. The changes would not affect the current ability of religious schools to hire staff in accordance with their religious values

Have your say on these proposed changes to the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 on the YourSay platform here.

Events

Girls Rock! Adelaide summer rock camp

Girls Rock! Adelaide is a not-for-profit organisation providing music mentoring opportunities to girls, trans (any trans gender identity including trans male) and gender-diverse young people aged 10-17.

Applications are now open for their summer rock camp! This is a week-long day program where young people can choose an instrument (guitar, bass, drums, vocals or keyboard/synth), get music lessons, join bands, see lunchtime concerts, do workshops, and connect in with like-minded peers.

Dates: 11-16 January 2021
Venue: Goodwood Community Centre

No prior music experience necessary and all instruments provided!

Half and full scholarships available. Some support available for accommodation and travel costs for rural and regional young people.

Applications close 30 November 2020 or when all positions are filled.

For more information see https://www.girlsrockadelaide.org/program

Music SA Equaliser programEqualiser - a weekply program bringing together female identifying & non-binary people aged 18-25 to write and record a song, design and star in a music video, and spread a message of equality, acceptance and unity

Music SA are seeking female identifying and non-binary youth in SA aged 18-25 to be participants in Equaliser, the SA part of an global project, through the UNESCO Creative Cities Network!

For six weeks in early 2021 Music SA will be connecting a group of 25 young people, who will create a song and music video under the mentorship of an amazing group of female musicians and industry practitioners.

This is a free program, with places strictly limited to 25. Minority groups are highly encouraged to apply. Some level of experience in singing, song writing, dancing and choreography is preferred, but not essential. Commitment to all the dates within the program is mandatory. Young people who have not previously engaged in Music SA workshops will be prioritised.

To express your interest in joining in, email jessi@musicsa.com.au

FREE TRAINING for salon and beauty professionals - how to recognise and respond to disclosures of domestic or family violence

Responding to Client Disclosures of Domestic and Family Violence for Hairdressers is a FREE 3-Hour workshop that provides the tools necessary to handle disclosures in the salon setting. The session will be interactive and engaging using practice based learning and scenarios.

We will cover:

- Defining Domestic and Family Violence
- The 4 gendered drivers and gender stereotypes
- Recognition of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence indicators
- Best practice for appropriate response
- Tools for creating a safe workplace and confidential environment
- Understanding Vicarious Trauma
- Resources and referral process

This workshop will provide hairdressers with the confidence needed to support client disclosures of domestic and family violence and ensure salons have resources available on site to share with clients.

Date: 9 November 2020
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Venue: Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh

Click here to find out more about this free training for salon and beauty professionals.

WESNET presents - Findings of the 2nd National Survey on Tech Abuse and Domestic Violence

Early this year WESNET, along with Dr Delanie Woodlock and researchers from Curtin University, conducted the Second National Survey on Technology Abuse and Domestic Violence.

Funded by Telstra, the survey was completed by 442 domestic violence workers across all states and territories in Australia. The survey repeats and expands on the original survey conducted in 2015 by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.

On November 24, Karen Bentley, CEO of WESNET, and Professor Donna Chung of Curtin University will discuss the survey findings, knowledge and insights gained from the survey, such as how perpetrators of domestic violence are misusing technology as a tactic for abuse, threats, monitoring and surveillance. The event will also explore what has changed over the last five years and gain insights into the way technology is being misused during COVID-19.

Date: 24 November 2020
Time: 1:00 PM AEDT (12:30pm in SA)
Registerhttps://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6116032360909/WN_WrueFizNRqazaMyvN38KgA

ANROWS webinar - Accurately identifying the person most in need of protection

The 2017 Annual report of the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board found that a high proportion of female victims, and nearly all Aboriginal victims, of domestic and family violence (DFV)-related deaths had been recorded by police as a perpetrator of DFV on at least one occasion. The Advisory Board specifically recommended research on how to best identify and respond to the “person most in need of protection” (Recommendation 16). Recognising the national significance of misidentification of victims as perpetrators of DFV, ANROWS conducted the research reported in ‘Accurately identifying “the person most in need of protection” in domestic and family violence law.

The research report focuses on the gap between the intent of the law and its application, factors that contribute to women being misidentified as perpetrators of DFV, and areas for improvement through procedural guidance and professional development for police and courts. These themes will be addressed in a panel discussion facilitated by Ms Sam Mostyn, Chair of the ANROWS Board with:

  • Dr Heather Nancarrow, CEO ANROWS & lead author of the report
  • His Honour Terry Ryan, State Coroner and Chair, Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board
  • Inspector Ben Martain, Manager, State Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit, Queensland Police Service

The panel discussion will be followed by a live Q&A. This webinar is designed for policymakers, systems-wide practice design decision makers, and practitioners working in police, courts, justice and domestic and family violence services.

The webinar is open to anyone and free to attend. A recording of the webinar will also be available on the ANROWS website.

Enquiries: rachel.pow@anrows.org.au

Date: Wednesday, 25th November
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (AEDT - Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart)
Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1497682582219129099

White Ribbon breakfast 2020

The 2020 White Ribbon breakfast has been deferred to a yet-to-be-determined date in 2021. However, the organisation encourages the community to hold a small event in person or online, and provide details to White Ribbon.

To run an event or donate to White Ribbon, click here.

ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence Against Women

While the planned ANROWS Conference in April 2020 was postponed, the organisation is now announcing that this is being rescheduled as an online symposium to be held 1-5 March 2021.

Spread over five days, the online symposium will offer insights from women with lived expertise, researchers, policymakers and practitioners in a range of engaging formats.

By using specialised online conference technology and limiting the number and duration of sessions on each day, the program offers important conversations, encourages mutual learning and connections, provides flexible attendance options and ensures you have a chance to truly contribute and share ideas.

The theme of the conference is 'Evidence in Action', seeking to open up opportunities to explore ideas of impact, including what works for whom and in what circumstances, and how we know an initiative has been effective.

More to come.

News and Views

News articles

SMH - 'Incredibly shocking': Younger men failing to recognise domestic violence
The Guardian - Australians with endometriosis face six-year wait for diagnosis
The Guardian - ATO to review super protections for victims of domestic violence under Coalition's early access scheme
Citymag - Don't Become that Man is an SA-first domestic violence program reforming male behaviour
ABC News - 50 sexual assaults a week of aged care residents across the country
ABC News - The New Zealand women trapped in Australia and imprisoned in abuse under the Hague Convention
ABC News - Majority of convictions for 'revenge porn' are linked to family violence, major study finds — but that's not the full picture

Reports and Resources

Reports

Participate in research

Do you work with or provide services to men?

Do you work with or provide services to men? The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre (MGFVPC) want to hear about your screening practices for family violence. MGFVPC is conducting the first national examination of current practices and future directions for screening, identifying, assessing and managing men’s risk of DFV perpetration across specialist men’s and mainstream services in Australia. Please respond to their short survey via the link above. It takes only 5-10 minutes.

Intimate partner violence by ADF personnel

Do you have insight into intimate partner violence perpetrated by Australian Defence Force personnel? QUT researcher Rebecca Pollard is inviting persons with experience in Australian Defence Force culture or advocates/practitioners with experience in intimate partner violence who have assisted Australian Defence Force spouses. Participation will involve an audio recorded interview that takes approximately one hour. To arrange an interview contact rebecca.deane@qut.edu.au.

Technology facilitated abuse survey

This study explores the implications of the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) on gender-based domestic violence and abuse. IoT stands for the interconnection of everyday devices via the Internet, enabling them to collect, send and receive data.

If you are a person working with clients who are victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence or abuse, you are invited to participate in this research.

Click here to participate in this survey about your observations of technology facilitated abuse among victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence or abuse.

Migrant and refugee women's views and experiences

Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre & Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women For Change have partnered to develop a national survey of migrant and refugee women’s views and experiences in Australia. Click here to participate in this study of Migrant and Refugee Women.

How men and women are managing their responsibilities during COVID-19

This research project aims to understand how work - paid employment and unpaid work - and home life has changed and continues to change due to the outbreak of COVID-19/Coronavirus in Australia. In particular, we are interested in understanding how men and women are managing their broad range of responsibilities, navigating new ways of working and continuing to provide care within their families. The aim is to understand the issues and challenges faced during this period to inform research, policy and industry insights. Find out more about participating in this COVID-19 study here.

Gendered division of labour in the home

Broad Agenda are looking into the gendered division of labour in the home, and are seeking participants to send in a week's worth of photos related to the unpaid work they are doing during COVID-19 restrictions. Find out more about how to participate in this Broad Agenda study here.

Resources

University of Sydney panel: Impact of COVID-19 widens gender equity gap

Professor Rae Cooper from the Business School and Professor Renae Ryan from the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health were panelists for an OECD discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on women in STEM.

University of Sydney panel: Impact of COVID-19 widens gender equity gap

ANROWS announces national research agenda 2020-2022

Following an extensive research and consultation process, ANROWS has released Australia’s National Research Agenda to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (ANRA) 2020–2022 and announced its priorities from within ANRA for the 2020–2022 ANROWS Core Grant Research Program.

ANRA provides a framework for, and guidance on, priority areas of research and research topics for academics, researchers, research funding bodies and governments across Australia. Its aim is to encourage the production of evidence needed for national policy and practice design in preventing and responding to violence against women (VAW), regardless of the source of funding for the research.

Find out more about the ANROWS national research agenda 2020-2022 here.

White Ribbon strategic framework 2020-2024

White Ribbon have released their strategic framework for 2020-2024. This can be downloaded from their website at this link: https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/awcontent/whiteribbon/documents/White-Ribbon-Australia_Strategic-Framework_2020-2024.pdf

Care of a person who has been strangled - pamphlets

Yarrow Place Youth and Women’s Safety and Wellbeing Division are very pleased to announce the completion of a range of strangulation pamphlets designed for both the consumer and the service provider.

We know strangulation is a common form of assault in the context of domestic and family violence and sexual assault, so these pamphlets have been designed to guide non-medical service providers in responding to disclosures of strangulation as well as offer information and support to victims of strangulation.

Funded by the Commissioner of Victim’s Rights, these pamphlets have been developed in consultation with a broad number of contributors including Aboriginal Cultural Consultation as well as Cultural and Linguistically Diverse consumers. To increase access amongst the broader community, we have also translated the consumer brochure into five languages. Additionally, we have guidelines for medical practitioners  in relation to the assessment and management of a person who has been strangled and a documentation proforma.

Click here for a page where you can download the pamphlets, and to find out more about how to care for someone who has been strangled.

Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Domestic Violence Victoria 'shadow pandemic' webinars

The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre partnered with Domestic Violence Victoria, the peak body for specialist family violence services for women and children in Victoria, to deliver a 'Responding to the Shadow Pandemic' webinar series. Each session provides an opportunity to hear updates and findings from the family violence sector and the Monash research team investigating family violence during COVID-19 as well as practice experts from relevant organisations. View the 'shadow pandemic' webinar series online here.

Resources for DFV Agencies wanting to use technology with clients during COVID-19

WESNET have released advice and resources for domestic and family violence agencies seeking to use technology to support clients during COVID-19 restrictions.

'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 here.

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.

Additional Government DFSV funding

Additional Government DFSV funding

Additional Government DFSV funding

Additional Government funding to address domestic, family and sexual violence in South Australia

In addition to funds announced in April 2020, the Government has announced more financial assistance for people experiencing abuse and violence and to keep them safe. This September 2020 funding is a $2.4 million boost to help at-risk South Australians during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Government funding injection has enabled the South Australian Government to fast-track new measures and provide more support to ensure the safety of women and their children who are experiencing, or at risk of, domestic, family and sexual violence at this time.

The new, immediate measures include:

  • $700,000 for victim and survivor support including packages that cover $2.4 million boost to support at-risk South Australianstransport, personal needs, health services and food, more financial planning support and fast-tracking the opening of safety hubs in the Limestone Coast and Whyalla regions from December 2020 to 2021.
  • An additional $500,000 for perpetrator behavior change support services, allowing the 24/7 Men’s Referral Service, OARS ‘Don’t Become That Man” program and Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY) to extend their services beyond December 2020, and fast-tracking services specifically targeted to men.
  • $1.2 million for services that respond to the needs of vulnerable people, community recovery initiatives and contingency funds to enable flexible responses as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.
  • The funding allows support services to specifically respond to particularly vulnerable groups, including women living in remote areas, women living with disability, Aboriginal women and their children and LGBTIQA+ people.

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said South Australia had shared in $4.8 million in Federal Government funding as part of a $150 million response package to support Australians experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence due to the fallout from COVID-19.

For more about this announcement, click here to read the full media release.

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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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