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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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The Committed to Safety eNews is named after the new South Australian Government framework for addressing domestic and family violence, and provides information and updates on women's safety initiatives, research, programs and events related to domestic and family violence, and sexual assault.

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Office for Women eNews - 11 April 2019

Office for Women eNews - 11 April 2019

Office for Women eNews - 11 April 2019

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125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage
FYI
Events
Opportunities
WIS

125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage125 years of women's suffrage in SA

Official Office for Women Suffrage Anniversary communications toolkit available online

The Office for Women has developed a communications toolkit for the 125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage. The toolkit includes social media graphics, fact sheet and poster, signature block graphic and much more!

Download the toolkit from the Office for Women website.

Calendar of Events

The Office is also compiling a list of events and initiatives related to the 125th - click here to have a look! And remember if you are holding an event, make sure to let us know so we can add it in - just email SAsuffrage125@sa.gov.au.

FYI

Podcast - International Women's Day 2019 poster created by Ngarrindjeri woman Josie Wilson

Women’s Safety Services SA has released its second-ever International Women’s Day poster on the theme of ‘Strength in Diversity’.The artwork for the poster was designed by artist Josie Wilson, a Ngarrindjeri woman who has experienced domestic violence. Josie spoke to Lisa Burns on Radio Adelaide about what it’s meant to her to feel strong and powerful, to express herself through her art, and to be celebrated for her achievements in the presence of her family.

Click here to find out more about the podcast.

Click here to find out more about the poster on the Women's Safety Services website.

Multicultural grants program

The department’s Multicultural Grants Program 2019-20 is now open with four streams of funding to support multicultural communities:

  • Advance Together
  • Celebrate Together
  • Expand Together
  • Stronger Together

Multicultural organisations are encouraged to apply. Opening and closing dates, online application forms and guidelines are available from the Multicultural Affairs website.

To find out more about the Multicultural Grants Program 2019-20, contact the grants team on 1300 239 468 or email MulticulturalAffairs@sa.gov.au.

State Plan Discussion Paper - Disability Inclusion Plan

The South Australian Government is creating a State Disability Inclusion Plan, or State Plan, to promote the inclusion of people with disability in our community and economy.

The State Government is committed to progressing access and inclusion for people with disability to ensure all South Australians have an opportunity to thrive. The State Plan will set whole-of-government priorities and strategies for achieving a more inclusive South Australia in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The State Plan will set out the vision and principles that we would like to implement over the next four years in South Australia. Your feedback is sought on how remove barriers can be removed and and discrimination reduced.

Click here for more information on how to provide feedback on the State Disability Inclusion Plan Discussion Paper

Closing date for feedback is 5pm Friday 26 April 2019.

DHS LGBTIQ+ Youth Grants

LGBTIQ+ Youth Grants offers small grants to not for profit community and/or volunteer organisations to improve the inclusion, wellbeing and quality of life for LGBTIQ+ young South Australians. The one-off grant is a direct response to listening to LGBTIQ+ young people and aim to:

  • resource programs, services and support groups
  • ensure programs, services and support groups are accessible to, and informed by, people with lived experience.

Small grants of up to $5,000 will be made available for projects that meet these guidelines. LGBTIQ+ specific organisations as well as mainstream organisations that reach young people aged 12 – 25 years are eligible to apply.

Click here to find out more about the LGBTIQ+ Youth Grants

Applications close midday 29 April 2019.

Addressing millennial men's attitudes to gender equality

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A recent study by the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation explored the generational attitudes of men and women to issues of gender equality. The resulting report, From Girls to Men, disrupts the assumption that men's views towards gender equality have been getting more progressive over time. The results reveal that more so than other generations, millennial men view themselves as outsiders and feel excluded from one of the key areas workplaces are addressing: gender equality.

To access the From Girls to Men report, click here.

STIs are on the rise in SA - free campaign resources

Sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates are on the rise in South Australia, with around 1 in 20 young people infected with chlamydia. Left untreated chlamydia can lead to infection of the reproductive systems and long term consequences. Having one STI also increases the risk of being infected with another. As such it’s important that young people in SA are encouraged to practise safer sex as well as getting a sexual health check.

In response to this rise in STIs, SHINE SA have announced the launch of their Sexual Health Check campaign and related resources for use across South Australia. These resources can be used by organisations including universities, secondary schools, youth services, general practice and community health services.

The Sexual Health Check campaign aims to raise awareness of STIs as well as highlight how easy it is to get a sexual health check.

The free campaign resources including a Sexual Health + STIs FAQ booklet, posters and social media tiles can be downloaded here.

Click here to read more about the SHINE SA STI campaign.

Stage two funding for Wiyi Yani U Thangani

Women and Girls artworkThe Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion has announced $1.7 million to support the second stage of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women's Voices) project, as part of the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO has welcomed this announcement and said Stage Two of the project will build on the success of the national conversation with First Nations women and girls.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner has been invited to provide an additional proposal to the Federal government for funding to hold a National Summit in 2020. The National Summit would bring together representatives from the Commonwealth, States and Territories and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies to work with First Nations women and girls to develop implementation plans.

Commissioner Oscar’s Wiyi Yani U Thangani Report will be published in mid-2019.

Find out more about Wiyi Yani U Thangani here.

Study on being a young man in Australia - The Man Box

The Men's Project have released a report that explores the social pressures around what it means to be a ‘real man’ that remain strong in Australia and the impact this is having on young men's attitudes to women and gender equality.

The Man Box is the first study that focuses on the attitudes to manhood and the behaviours of young Australian men aged 18 to 30. It involved an online survey of a representative sample of 1,000 young men from across the country, as well as focus group discussions with two groups of young men.

The Man Box is the set of beliefs within and across society that place pressure on men to act in a certain way. The study explored how young men encounter the Man Box rules in society and internalise them personally by asking their views on 17 messages about how a man should behave in relation to self-sufficiency, acting tough, physical attractiveness, rigid gender roles, heterosexuality and homophobia, hypersexuality, and aggression and control.

Click here to access The Men's Project report The Man Box.

2019 SA Women's Honour Roll - open for nominations

SA Women's Honour Roll 2019The Women's Honour Roll is a great opportunity to recognise women whose work has gone unrecognised and unacknowledged in our community. For nearly two decades the Honour Roll has published the names of South Australian women who have made significant contributions to society, but have been neglected in public acknowledgement. This is a fantastic way to promote the achievements and dedication of women who have given so much of their time, energy and commitment to making the world a better place.

The 2019 SA Women's Honour Roll is now open for nominations! Consider who you could nominate - perhaps a teacher, a volunteer, a firefighter or a gardener? We want to hear about the incredible women doing great things!

Find out more about the Women's Honour Roll and how to nominate on the Office for Women website.

Events

Free cooking class for LGBTIQ+ over 50s and PLHIV

SAMESH is cooking up a storm with the regular GK’s Cooking Class again! This is an opportunity to come along and watch a professional prepare a nutritious meal on a budget (and to sample it!). GK will also show you some of the techniques, and answer your questions – at this FREE event! Places are limited so please RSVP.

* Please note: This event is now open to for both people living with HIV, and also LGBTIQ+ people over 50yrs *

Date: Wed April 17
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: SHINE SA, 57 Hyde Street, Adelaide

RSVP or queries – Paul on 7099 5311 or paul.stone@samesh.org.au

Click here for the flyer for the cooking class for LGBTIQ+ over-50s and PLHIV

National ALGWA conference

2019 National ALGWA Conference

Registrations are open for the 2019 National Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALWGA) Conference. Blacktown City Council together with ALGWA are proud to present a range of engaging speakers and unique social events. The conference is a fantastic opportunity for delegates to network with like minded persons from all avenues of local government.

Featuring:

  • Jessica Rowe AM- Master of Ceremonies
  • Libby Lyons- Director of Australia's Workplace Gender Equality Agency
  • Deborah Thomas- former Councillor and Editor in Chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly
  • Victoria Weekes- Australian Gender Quality Council
  • Kate Jenkins- Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Date: Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 May
Venue: Novotel Sydney, West HQ

Click here to find out more about the National ALGWA conference.

    Opportunities

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

    Vicarious trauma refers to the changes that take place, over time, in workers in helping roles with traumatised people. Good practice and management of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout is becoming critical as government and non-government services alike face increasingly complex demand with contracting resources.

    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.

    Date: Thursday 9 May, 2019
    Venue: Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, 144 Stuart Highway, Port Augusta
    Time: 9.30 – 4pm

    For more information and bookings contact Fiona Meade E: fionameade@outlook.com M: 0452 040 997.

    Building Workforce Capacity in Sexual Health Program: Country South Australia

    SHINE SA has recently been funded by Country SA PHN to deliver a program to support rural and regional health workers. The Building Workforce Capacity in Sexual Health Program aims to help build capacity and skills around sexual health through education, personalised support and information.

    Education and training will be offered in regional areas of South Australia and will focus on addressing the current syphilis outbreak and the ongoing chlamydia epidemic. Through this program SHINE SA will provide opportunities for information, resources, education and training. These opportunities can be both formal and informal depending on needs.

    Dates are currently available from April to June 2019.

    Click here to find out more about SHine SA training in sexual health for country South Australia

    Code Like A Girl networking evening

    Code Like a Girl

    Code Like a Girl is a social enterprise providing girls and women with the confidence, tools, knowledge and support to enter, and flourish, in the world of coding. On 16 May they are holding a networking evening at Collab4Good in Welland.

    Click here to find out more about the Code Like a Girl networking evening!

    Women's Information Service (WIS)

    WIS provides referrals and information through the shopfront (101 Grenfell street), online and on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

    You can also call WIS on (08) 8303 0590.

    Zahra Foundation Financial Counsellor at the Women's Information Service

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

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

    Click here to visit the Women's Information Service website

    Office for Women eNews - 14 March 2019

    Office for Women eNews - 14 March 2019

    Office for Women eNews - 14 March 2019

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    125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage
    FYI
    Events
    Opportunities
    WIS

    125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage125 years of women's suffrage in SA

    Official Office for Women Suffrage Anniversary communications toolkit available online now!

    The Office for Women has developed a communications toolkit for the 125th anniversary of SA women's suffrage. The toolkit includes social media graphics, fact sheet and poster, signature block graphic and much more!

    Download the toolkit from the Office for Women website.

    Calendar of Events

    The Office is also compiling a list of events and initiatives related to the 125th - click here to have a look! And remember if you are holding an event, make sure to let us know so we can add it in - just email SAsuffrage125@sa.gov.au.

    FYI

    OFW eNews feedback survey

    A couple of weeks ago we sent an email asking for your feedback on the Office for Women eNews. Thank you to those who took part in the survey! From your responses, we found out that the majority of you prefer to receive a notification when a new edition of the eNews is published, and that you enjoy the wide variety of information provided. Thank you!

    If you are reading this because someone forwarded you a link to this edition of the eNews, feel free to head to our website and subscribe so you don't miss out on crucial information and updates as they happen. Anyone can subscribe here: https://officeforwomen.sa.gov.au/womens-policy/office-for-women-enews (just remember - you must confirm your subscription by clicking the link in the email from FeedBurner - this may go to your spam folder!)

    Thanks again, it's our pleasure to keep you up-to-date on opportunities, events and initiatives relating to women in South Australia!

    2019 SA Women's Honour Roll - open for nominations

    SA Women's Honour Roll 2019The Women's Honour Roll is a great opportunity to recognise women whose work has gone unrecognised and unacknowledged in our community. For nearly two decades the Honour Roll has published the names of South Australian women who have made significant contributions to society, but have been neglected in public acknowledgement. This is a fantastic way to promote the achievements and dedication of women who have given so much of their time, energy and commitment to making the world a better place.

    The 2019 SA Women's Honour Roll is now open for nominations! Consider who you could nominate - perhaps a teacher, a volunteer, a firefighter or a gardener? We want to hear about the incredible women doing great things!

    Find out more about the Women's Honour Roll and how to nominate on the Office for Women website.

    Cricket Australia continues to press for progress

    The continual growth of girls participation and all-girls teams, the transition to a standalone rebel Women’s Big Bash League, as well as the unforgettable and inspiring ICC World T20 victory by the world champion Australian Women’s Cricket Team are all noteworthy achievements highlighted in the Australian Cricket 2019 Press for Progress Report, released nationally on International Women's Day.

    Click here to read the 2019 Cricket Australia Press for Progress report.

    Events

    Girls Rock! Adelaide fundraiserNo photo description available.

    Girls Rock! Adelaide is an organisation that provides a music-based school holiday program for young women and gender diverse young people aged 10-17.

    There are over 100 Girls Rock! organisations around the world providing music based programs to girls, young women and gender diverse young people. And now, there is a Girls Rock! based in Adelaide!

    This non-government organisation is holding their first fundraiser on 30 March, with all funds raised going towards the first Girls Rock! Adelaide program being held in July 2019.

    The fundraiser is all ages and will feature some diverse Australian bands with lots of young women musicians, and the after-party from 7pm – 10pm will be DJed by local women. There will also be a raffle!

    Date: 30 March 2019
    Time: Bands 2pm - 7pm, afterparty 7pm - 10pm
    Venue: Lion Arts Factory
    Cost: $15

    Click here for all the details about the Girls Rock! Adelaide fundraiser.

    Click here to find out more about Girls Rock! Adelaide.

    Launch of 'In Our Own Voices' exhibition and Nowruz Festival

    The Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC),  Middle Eastern Communities Council of SA (MECCSA)  and the Migration Museum invite you to help celebrate Harmony Day at the launch of the In Our Own Voices exhibition including Dr Hamoudi Aldyni's book Twenty Winters. Following this will be the opening of Nowruz Festival by the Hon Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier.

    Date: Saturday 23 March 2019
    Time: 11am - 5pm
    Venue: Migration Museum, 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide
    RSVP: To Alma by email at alma@amrc.org.au by Wednesday 20 March

    For more information on the launch of 'In Our Own Voices' click here or contact admin@amrc.org.au.

    Women in Food breakfast

    Join Lucia Rosella for breakfast made with love by Lucia's and hear from panellists: chef and owner of the Salopian Inn, Karena Armstrong; owner of the Smelly Cheese Shop, Say Cheese and Dough, Valerie Henbest; and Michelle Farinola of Samtass Bros Seafood, talk about what it means to be a woman in the food industry.

    Share the Dignity high tea fundraiser

    Share The Dignity collects thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness and poverty. Their Annual High Tea event raises vital funds to continue funding Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machines and supplying sanitary items to women and girls experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness or victims of domestic violence. The event occurs in every state across Australia on World Menstrual Hygiene Day, and is a wonderful chance to enjoy a day with friends.

    Date: 26 May 2019
    Time: 1pm - 4pm
    Venue: Stamford Plaza, 150 North Terrace, Adelaide

    Click here to find out more and book tickets for the Adelaide high tea fundraiser for Share the Dignity.

    National ALGWA conference

    2019 National ALGWA Conference

    Registrations are open for the 2019 National Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALWGA) Conference. Blacktown City Council together with ALGWA are proud to present a range of engaging speakers and unique social events. The conference is a fantastic opportunity for delegates to network with like minded persons from all avenues of local government.

    Featuring:

    • Jessica Rowe AM- Master of Ceremonies
    • Libby Lyons- Director of Australia's Workplace Gender Equality Agency
    • Deborah Thomas- former Councillor and Editor in Chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly
    • Victoria Weekes- Australian Gender Quality Council
    • Kate Jenkins- Sex Discrimination Commissioner

    Click here to find out more about the National ALGWA conference.

      Opportunities

      Invisible Farmer project

      Invisible Farmer is the largest ever study of Australian women on the land. This three year project (2017-2020) is funded by the Australian Research Council (LP160100555) and involves a nation-wide partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations.

      Despite making up half the agricultural workforce in Australia, women are significantly underrepresented and undervalued in positions of rural leadership and decision making.

      There are significant outcomes to be achieved in making the stories of Australia's farm women more visible. Get involved by sharing your story on the Invisible Farmer website.

      Click here to find out more about Invisible Farmer.

      Women With Disabilities Australia - seeking expert advisors

      Women and Girls with Disability Australia (WWDA) has received funding to develop a new Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disability. The Virtual Centre will be a one-stop website that provides accessible, relevant and high-quality information and resources for women and girls with disability on their rights.To ensure that the Virtual Centre design and development is led by women and girls with Disability for women and girls with Disability, an Expert Advisory Panel is being formed.Women with Disabilities Austalia Logo

      WWDA is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from women with disability (or relevant organisations/groups) who are interested in becoming members of the Expert Advisory Panel.

      Click here to find out more about the WWDA Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disability.

      Click here to fill in an online 'expression of interest' form for the advisory panel.

      Community feedback sought - Ageing and Adult Safeguarding Regulations 2019

      The Office for Ageing Well (formerly Office for the Ageing) is seeking community feedback on the Ageing and Adult Safeguarding Regulations 2019 that will support the operation of the new Adult Safeguarding Unit when it commences later in 2019.

      To assist with this process, the Ageing and Adult Safeguarding Regulations 2019 Discussion Paper, including draft Regulations and 10 consultation questions, has been released for public consultation. Any feedback on the draft Regulations is welcome.

      The consultation is seeking views from a range of people, particularly those from diverse backgrounds, including older people, and people with lived experience of disability or mental health issues, carers and families, as well as the organisations and services that deliver services to them.

      Click here for information on how you can get involved in the consultation on the Ageing and Adult Safeguarding Regulations 2019 on the YourSAy website

      To find out more or request a hard copy of the Discussion Paper, please email officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au

      The closing date for submissions is 5pm Friday 29 March 2019.

      $20,000 in Women in STEM grant!

      Women's Weekly and Elucent Skincare are looking for the next STEM superwoman, who will receive a grant of $20,000. A panel including Girl Geek Academy co-founder and CEO Sarah Moran, Elucent Skincare microbiologist Alexandra Kite and Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Women's Weekly Nicole Byers will decide on the winner.

      Click here to find out more about this women in STEM grant.

      Applications close 30 April 2019.

      Building Workforce Capacity in Sexual Health Program: Country South Australia

      SHINE SA has recently been funded by Country SA PHN to deliver a program to support rural and regional health workers. The Building Workforce Capacity in Sexual Health Program aims to help build capacity and skills around sexual health through education, personalised support and information.

      Education and training will be offered in regional areas of South Australia and will focus on addressing the current syphilis outbreak and the ongoing chlamydia epidemic. Through this program SHINE SA will provide opportunities for information, resources, education and training. These opportunities can be both formal and informal depending on needs.

      Click here to find out more about SHine SA training in sexual health for country South Australia

      Scholarships for Tertiary Students - AFUW SA

      The Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW-SA) Trustees each year provide a selection of scholarships for tertiary students. This year, some amounts have increased extending these scholarships to provide greater support.

      If you are a woman undergraduate student studying dentistry, or studying any other topic (including dentistry) at a postgraduate level you may be eligible for financial support through one of these scholarships.

      Click here to find out more about Australian Federation of University Women scholarships

      Applications close 29 March 2019.

      Code Like A Girl networking evening

      Code Like a Girl

      Code Like a Girl is a social enterprise providing girls and women with the confidence, tools, knowledge and support to enter, and flourish, in the world of coding. On 16 May they are holding a networking evening at Collab4Good in Welland.

      Click here to find out more about the Code Like a Girl networking evening!

      Women's Information Service (WIS)

      WIS provides referrals and information through the shopfront (101 Grenfell street), online and on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

      You can also call WIS on (08) 8303 0590.

      Zahra Foundation Financial Counsellor at the Women's Information Service

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

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

      Click here to visit the Women's Information Service website

      SA Women's Honour Roll 2019

      SA Women's Honour Roll 2019

      SA Women's Honour Roll 2019

      SA Women's Honour Roll 2019

      Nominations are now open for the 2019 Women's Honour Roll!

      The South Australian Women's Honour Roll is an important part of an ongoing strategy to increase formal recognition of women who contribute to the South Australian community. Held biennially, the Honour Roll acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of women in our community and their commitment to effecting change to ensure that we live in a safer and more inclusive society. The Honour Roll recognises the often unacknowledged work women do in our communities.

      In 2019, we’re acknowledging South Australian women’s achievements as we commemorate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia.

      Any woman who deserves recognition (including those deceased) can be nominated and women may nominate themselves. Nominees must currently live in South Australia and cannot be current Members of Parliament.

      Click here to find out more about how to nominate yourself or someone else for inclusion in the 2019 SA Women's Honour Roll!

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      Welcome to the Office for Women Addressing Family Violence eNews Bulletin

      Categories of information provided in this bulletin are as follows:

      News

      Recent Australian Government launch of 'Our Investment in Women's Safety' package

      On 5 March 2019 the Australian Government announced a $328 million package to reduce violence against women and children.

      This represents the Australian Government’s contribution to the Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022, the final plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

      The package includes funding to develop Australia’s first national prevention strategy to stop domestic and family violence and sexual assault, and continue to change the attitudes and beliefs that can lead to violence. The strategy will also fund targeted prevention initiatives to reach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and people with disability.

      Find out more about 'Our Investment in Women's Safety' here.

      Download the PDF of 'Our Investment in Women's Safety' here.

      Family violence law help website launched

      Family Violence Law Help (familyviolencelaw.gov.au) is a new national website for people wanting to understand domestic and family violence, the law and where to get help. It can be used by people affected by domestic and family violence, educators and frontline workers.

      The website can be translated into different languages and has useful factsheets that can be downloaded or printed. It uses illustrations throughout to help with readability. It also has information about the South Australia Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS), who provide free legal and social support to people affected by domestic and family violence.

      For a tour of the website, you can watch this short video or have a look at www.familyviolencelaw.gov.au.

      New South Australian Government domestic violence framework 'Committed to Safety'

      The South Australian Government has today released a new domestic violence framework titled Committed To Safety. This framework is designed to achieve a coordinated, nuanced series of actions to prevent and respond to domestic, family and sexual violence in South Australia. Committed to Safety will connect all of the efforts across Government to achieve a comprehensive, safety driven approach.

      Committed to Safety brings together the Government's domestic and family violence election commitments, and actions arising from the domestic violence roundtables, and reflects South Australia's commitment to the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.

      Three pillars of response are featured in the framework - Primary Prevention; Service and Support; and Justice (legislative, statutory and community). These pillars are underpinned by two enablers - Data and Evidence Base, and Monitoring Our Impact.

      Click here to find out more about the new Committed To Safety South Australian domestic violence framework.

      News articles

      Australia to refuse to issue visas for people with a domestic violence conviction.

      Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls for a zero-tolerance approach to domestic violence in sport.

      Why is it so hard for humans to see pets as victims of domestic violence?

      New app tracks family violence with diary entries, photos and video.

      What is financial abuse, and are you a victim of it?

      Research and Reports

      Domestic and family violence, housing insecurity, and homelessness: ANROWS research synthesis

      This synthesis examines the intersection of housing insecurity and homelessness and domestic and family violence (DFV), including recommendations for policy and practice.

      Find out more and download the research synthesis here.

      Addressing millennial men's attitudes to gender equality

      A recent study by the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation explored the generational attitudes of men and women to issues of gender equality. The resulting report, From Girls to Men, disrupts the assumption that men's views towards gender equality have been getting more progressive over time. The results reveal that more so than other generations, millennial men view themselves as outsiders and feel excluded from one of the key areas workplaces are addressing: gender equality.

      To access the From Girls to Men report, click here.

      Factors contributing to trauma recovery following exposure to intimate partner violence

      PhD candidate Sharelle Smith at Bond University is undertaking research on the factors contributing to trauma recovery following exposure to intimate partner violence.

      Participants sought for this study are people who have had previous exposure to intimate partner violence and/or stressful life events. Those currently experiencing intimate partner violence will not be eligible to participate in this research project.

      To participate in this research or to find out more please click here.

      Survey on men's behaviour change programs

      Curtin University, in conjunction with Stopping Family Violence and consultant Rodney Vlais, are seeking survey responses from women whose partners/ex-partners have attended a Men’s Behaviour Change Program in the last two years. For more information, contact sarah.anderson@curtin.edu.au. The survey can be completed here.

      Research on the effect of tenancy laws

      A team of researchers from the University of South Australia is conducting research that aims to better understand how tenancy laws impact on women and children escaping family and domestic violence, on behalf of the Department of Social Services.

      Participants sought are women who have experienced family and/or domestic violence and have had trouble trying to rent a property. To take part in the survey about the effects of tenancy laws on women and children escaping domestic and family violence, click here.

      AWAVA policy brief - Sexual Violence: Law Reform and Justice

      The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) has released a policy brief on sexual violence: law reform and access to justice. Find out more about this policy brief here.

      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. Training focuses on a range of topics related to domestic and family violence including Indigenous family violence, violence against people with disabilities, and new migrants.

      DV-Alert workshops in your area.

      AVERT Family Violence Basics Course

      The AVERT Family Violence training package is an innovative, multi-disciplinary training package in responding effectively to family violence designed for workers at all levels within the community services, health, family law and human services sectors. Developed by Relationships Australia SA, the course offers knowledge about perpetrators, drawn from current research and professional expertise, as well as an overview of the principles underpinning effective responses.

      AVERT Family Violence course.

      Child Focused Training for the homelessness and domestic/family violence sectors

      Relationships Australia SA have developed a range of training and workshops for those working in the homelessness and domestic/family violence sectors, delivered by Together4Kids. All training is free of charge.

      Child-focused training for the homelessness and domestic/family violence sector.

      Events

      SA Family Law Pathways Network forum: Considering the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accessing the family law system

      The South Australian Family Law Pathways Network proudly presents the 2019 Annual Forum: ‘Considering Needs of Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander People Accessing the Family Law System’. This forum will feature Stephen Ralph MAPS MCFP, a forensic and consultant psychologist with more than 25 years experience working in the field of family law.

      Date: Friday 3 May 2019
      Time: 9am - 4pm
      Venue: Adelaide Pavilion, Veale Gardens, South Terrace

      Click here to find out more or to register for the 2019 SA Family Law Pathways Network forum.

      Victim Support Service Symposium - Surviving in Exile: Trauma to Recovery

      Victim Support Service have announced a symposium to be held at the National Wine Centre in May 2019 to share experiences, knowledge, ideas and best practice in 'trauma to recovery' pathways.

      Key topics for discussion include:

      • Autonomy and Elder Abuse
      • Systemic Responses to Domestic Violence and Abuse
      • Memory and Triggers - Childhood Sexual Abuse
      • Invisible Women - Trafficking and Justice

      Date: Friday 31 May 2019
      Time: 8:15am - 5:30pm
      Venue: National Wine Centre, cnr Hackney Road and North Terrace, Adelaide

      Click here for more information on the VSS symposium 'Surviving in Exile: Trauma to Recovery'.

      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 - Committed to Safety

      Office for Women eNews - Committed to Safety

      Office for Women eNews - Committed to Safety

      New South Australian Government domestic violence framework 'Committed to Safety'

      The South Australian Government has today released a new domestic violence framework titled Committed to Safety: A framework for addressing domestic, family and sexual violence in South Australia at the Murray Bridge domestic violence roundtable. This framework is designed to achieve a coordinated nuanced series of actions to prevent and respond to domestic, family and sexual violence in South Australia by connecting all of the efforts across Government to achieve a comprehensive, safety driven approach.

      Committed to Safety (CTS) is a policy framework which provides a clear and considered plan for action in relation to preventing domestic, family and sexual violence.  CTS also recognises that men may be victims of domestic and family violence.

      Importantly, CTS is an action-driven document. CTS actions cover all three pillars, and many focus on specific population groups (children/youth, Aboriginal people, women with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people, older women, and regional and remote people).

      The actions are broken down in to short, medium and long term, though the population specific actions have not been allocated time frames as many of these will require significant engagement with, and the involvement of, non-government organisations.

      The framework brings together the Government's domestic and family violence election commitments and actions arising from the domestic violence roundtables, and reflects South Australia's commitment to the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.

      Three pillars of response are featured in the framework - Primary Prevention, Service and Support, and Justice (legislative, statutory and community). These pillars are underpinned by two enablers - Data and Evidence Base, and Monitoring Our Impact.

      Click here to find out more about the new Committed To Safety South Australian domestic violence framework.

      Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - DVDS

      Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - DVDS

      Addressing Domestic and Family Violence eNews - DVDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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