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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 - 24 June 2021

Office for Women eNews - 24 June 2021

Office for Women eNews - 24 June 2021

Get involved

Seeking volunteers for Women's Information Service hubs

Whyalla & Murray Bridge

Applications are open to become a volunteer at the WIS safety hubs 'The Haven' in Mount Barker and opening in Whyalla in 2021. Volunteers are provided with comprehensive training to assist women seeking information and referrals for life challenges especially concerning safety.

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

Want to know more before you apply?
WIS will be holding sessions and stalls in the Murray Bridge community.
Contact WIS for more information on upcoming sessions or to register your interest in an information session via Zoom.
Phone (08) 8303 0590 or email wis@sa.gov.au.

Events

Australian of the Year Breakfast

Join inspiring panel Grace Tame (Australian of the Year 2021), Tanya Hosch (SA State Recipient Australian of the Year 2021), Isobel Marshall (Young Australian of the Year 2021) and Professor Richard Bruggemann (SA State Recipient Senior Australian of the Year 2021) and find out over breakfast.

Wednesday 21 July
8am to 10am
National Wine Centre

General Admission - $110 + booking fee
Concession - $90 + booking fee
Concession prices are applicable to full time students and Seniors cardholders.

Click here for more information and to register.

Women's Information Service Outreach Centre Events

Several Women's Information Service (WIS) Outreach Centres hold weekly events for women during school term time. Feel free to share with your networks or pop in if you're in the area!

Mount Barker Community Centre - Motivate Mondays (domestic violence coffee & chat group), Monday 1pm - 3pm
O'Sullivan Beach Children's Centre - Cuppa & Chat, Monday 1pm - 2.30pm
Murray Bridge Community Centre - Coffee & Chat Morning, Monday and Thursday 10am-11am 
Mount Barker Community Centre - Young Mums Group, Wednesday 11am-12pm
Parafield Gardens Children's Centre - Women's Group, Wednesday 9.15am (fortnightly group, check with WIS for first date for Term 3)

News and Views

News articles

ABC News - NT Strong Women for Healthy Country Network gathers in remote Banatjari
ABC News - Australia Talks shows a nation 'divided' about racism in the justice system. These two Indigenous officers want to break the cycle
UN Women - Strengthening police responses to gender-based violence crucial in lead-up to Generation Equality Forum in Paris
The Conversation - Hidden women of history: Melanesian indentured labourer Annie Etinside, hailed as a Queensland 'pioneer' on her death
History - The queer Victorian doctors who paved the way for women in medicine
Forbes - Introducing the 50 Over 50: Women proving success has no age limit
Women's Agenda - Buy from the Bush's Grace Brennan on the value of women's work in times of crisis
BBC News - Gender stereotypes: Primary schools urged to tackle issue
The Guardian - Disaster patriarchy: how the pandemic has unleashed a war on women
The Conversation - Why mentoring for women risks propping up patriarchal structures instead of changing them

Reports and Resources

Reports

Australian Bureau of Statistics - Recorded Crime - Victims

The number of police recorded victims of family and domestic violence related sexual assault increased by 13 per cent in 2020, according to figures released in the Recorded Crime - Victims report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

You can read the report on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

Health Justice Australia - Health justice partnerships as a response to domestic and family violence: Health justice insights

The report discusses whether health justice partnerships can help address the multiple health, legal, financial and housing needs of women experiencing family violence.

Victims of family violence often turn first to health care professionals for help, so partnering lawyers and health services could provide an accessible and timely pathway to broader support.

You can read the report on the Health Justice Australia website.

ANROWS - Interventions for perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence in Australia

To support the growing policy focus on perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence, ANROWS commissioned and published 20 relevant research reports between 2018 and 2020. This paper synthesises their key findings and the recommendations arising from these findings. The majority of these studies were funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS), through the Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream, to build an evidence base that could support the implementation of the National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions.

You can read the paper on the ANROWS 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.

South Australian Women's Honour Roll 2021 - Last chance to nominate!

South Australian Women's Honour Roll 2021 - Last chance to nominate!

South Australian Women's Honour Roll 2021 - Last chance to nominate!

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.

The chosen inductees will be announced in November and have their names and achievements published in the State Government’s formal Honour Roll document.

Established in 2008, to date 700 women have been recognised through the Honour Roll, including women’s rights campaigners, frontline safety workers and community volunteers.

The Honour Roll inductees are also nominated for the Australian Honours and Awards each year, in a bid to boost national recognition for their contribution.

Nominations close Friday, 25 June 2021. Click here to find out more and nominate a woman for the Women's Honour Roll.

Office for Women eNews - 28 May 2021

Office for Women eNews - 28 May 2021

Office for Women eNews - 28 May 2021

Get involved

Seeking volunteers for Women's Information Service hubs

Whyalla

Applications are 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. .

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

Save the date -  Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast

After the disappointment of having to cancel their annual Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast last year due to COVID-19, White Ribbon are delighted to advise that plans are well underway to again hold the annual Breakfast this year:

Friday 19 November 2021 - Adelaide Convention Centre

Put this date in your diary, and further details will be advised in due course.

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 - Five First Nations women who have changed the course of history
Women's Agenda - Here's why 'See What You Made Me Do' is a must watch series on domestic violence
The Conversation - Carceral feminism & coercive control: when Indigenous women aren't seen as ideal victims, witnesses or women
ABC News - Young women 'disproportionately' affected by coronavirus impacts on jobs, SA survey finds
Women's Agenda - Closing the global income gender gap has increased to 135.6 years because of COVID
ABC News - Almost one in four women have considered leaving the workforce during COVID, study finds
BBC News - COVID vaccine: Period changes could be a short-term side effect
The Guardian - From menopause to anxiety: the new tech tackling women's health problems
The Conversation - Looking at the stars, or falling by the wayside? How astronomy is failing female scientists
ABC News - Maryam Roohani faced scorn and even sabotage to pursue her dream job. Now she wants to take 'Miss Detailer' international

Reports and Resources

Reports

Australian Institute of Criminology - How does domestic violence escalate over time?

A key assumption in the domestic violence literature is that abuse escalates in severity and frequency over time. However, very little is known about how violence and abuse unfolds within intimate relationships and there is no consensus on how escalation should be defined or how prevalent it is.

A narrative review of the literature identified two primary definitions of escalation: a pattern of increasingly frequent and/or severe violent incidents, or the occurrence of specific violent acts (ie outcomes). Escalation appears to be limited to serious or prolific offenders rather than characterising all abusive relationships. However, disparities in prevalence estimates between those provided by victim–survivors and recorded incident data highlight the difficulty of measuring this aspect of abusive relationships.

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

Our Watch - Respectful relationships education -  a brief for policy-makers

This policy brief provides guidance to education policy makers and bureaucrats as well as other interested stakeholders on how to design, implement, coordinate and monitor evidence-based respectful relationships education. The brief draws on the findings of pilot projects in Australian primary and secondary schools, as well as the national and international literature as set out in Our Watch’s evidence paper on respectful relationships education to summarise all of the elements of a holistic, best-practice approach. It also outlines the documented benefits of respectful relationships education in preventing gender-based violence.

You can read the policy brief on the Our Watch website.

Survey

This Griffith University research is exploring technology-facilitated abuse and help seeking behaviours from women in Australia. It aims to better understand women’s experiences and to improve services. In this survey, you will be asked a series of questions about your practice and experiences of providing support to women experiencing domestic and family violence. The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete and closes on 30 June 2021.

Click the following link to complete the survey: https://prodsurvey.rcs.griffith.edu.au/prodls200/index.php/247964?lang=en

If you have any further questions about the research or would like to receive a copy of the findings, feel free to contact the researcher directly by email: carolinaleyton.zamora@griffithuni.edu.au

Applications open for Ruth Gibson Memorial Award

In honour of a treasured National Council of Women South Australia (NCWSA) Member, Gladys Ruth Gibson CBE BA, DipEd, FACE, this award(s), of up to A$4,000, will provide financial assistance for a woman (18+years) to further the applicant’s studies and/or research, or to travel to a meeting, seminar, symposium or conference, either in Australia or overseas for purposes approved by the Ruth Gibson Memorial Award Selection Committee. It is expected that the projects will benefit women and girls in the South Australian community.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 8th June 2021. Please direct any questions to the Secretary, Ruth Gibson Memorial Award Committee at ruthgibson@ncwsa.org.au.

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 - 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.

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

Page last updated : 18 Aug 2021

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