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

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Office for Women eNews - 25 February 2021

Office for Women eNews - 25 February 2021

Office for Women eNews - 25 February 2021

The Haven Gawler Official Opening

A big thank you to Minister for Human Services the Hon. Michelle Lensink MLC, Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Carolyn Power MP and everyone who attended to help celebrate The Haven's opening on Tuesday 23 February.

The Haven, located within the Gawler Community House, has trained volunteers to help women and children affected by Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence (DFSV) in the Barossa, Light and Lower North region. The volunteers also provide information for family and community members about how to support women who are experiencing DFSV.

The Haven Gawler

2 Scheibener Tce, Gawler
PO Box 1119 Gawler 5118
Phone: 0466 801 553
Email: gawlerthehaven@gmail.com

Events

Women and War - An International Women's Day event

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

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

Adelaide International Women's Day Breakfast

The 2021 Adelaide IWD Breakfast will be held VIRTUALLY at 9am (ACDT) on Friday 5th of March 2021. Senator the Hon Penny Wong will host the event and Natasha Stott Despoja is the special guest speaker. Funds raised at the event will be donated to UN Women Australia. Tickets for the 2021 event are available to purchase via Humanitix.

Click here to find out more about the Adelaide International Women's Day Breakfast.

2021 ANROWS Conference

ANROWS has announced that registrations for the ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence Against Women close Sunday! This fully online symposium on the theme 'Evidence in Action' will offer sessions spread over five days and use specialised conference technology to encourage mutual learning and connections, provide flexible attendance options and ensure you have a chance to truly contribute and share ideas. The conference is scheduled for 1 to 5 March 2021.

Click here to find out more about the 2021 ANROWS conference.

News and Views

Media release - Free sanitary items to be made available in schools

Sanitary products will be available for students who need them in all South Australian public schools from 2021.

News articles

The Lily - Women make less in the gig economy. A new study asked why.
UN News - From the field: The Indian women weaving a digital web
Women's Agenda - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes first woman appointed director-general of World Trade Organization
The Conversation - Should I get a COVID vaccine while I'm pregnant or breastfeeding? Is it safe for me and my baby?
The Conversation - How Chinese courtyard housing can help older Australian women avoid homelessness
ABC News - New domestic violence laws may criminalise coercive control in the Northern Territory
ABC News - European Space Agency to recruit more female astronauts and people with disabilities
BBC News - Why we use women's professional titles less than men's
The Guardian - Number of FTSE 100 female directors rises by 50% in five years
Women's Agenda - COVID Survey shows women do much more unpaid work than men
Reuters - Women inch towards equal legal rights despite COVID-19 risks, World Bank says

Reports and Resources

Reports

Our Watch - First National Primary Prevention report

The National Primary Prevention Hub will guide and lead primary prevention efforts, including to better coordinate and consolidate; share evidence, expertise and learning; and facilitate collaboration in policy and practice across jurisdictions and the violence against women sector.

This first report provides information about primary prevention under two themes:

  • Primary prevention Australia – taking stock of the current state of prevention in Australia including policy context, the prevention workforce, and an overview of prevention activity across the country
  • COVID-19 and primary prevention of violence against women – providing information about the considerations for and examples of how prevention work has been/is being adapted in the COVID context

This work was developed by Our Watch through the Hub. You can read the national primary prevention report on the Our Watch website.

Fact sheets - Responding to domestic violence for community leaders

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

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

Resources

Break the Cycle website

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

Break the Cycle of domestic abuse.

www.breakthecycle.sa.gov.au

'Don't become that man' website

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

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

WIS What's On

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

Office for Women eNews - 11 February 2021

Office for Women eNews - 11 February 2021

Office for Women eNews - 11 February 2021

Get involved

Seeking volunteers for Women's Information Service hubs

Mount Gambier

WIS coming to Mount Gambier in 2021

Applications are now open to become a volunteer at the WIS safety hub 'The Haven' opening in Mount Gambier 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 March 2021.

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

Want to know more before you apply?  Come to our Zoom information session.  
Date: Wednesday 17th February at 11am
To book your place at the information session contact: wis@sa.gov.au

Events

International Women's Day Forum

Women Working Together For Change, presented by Council of Migrant and Refugee Women of SA & Australian Migrant Resource Centre, will be held on Tuesday 2 March 2021. Complete and return a registration form for each participant to admin@amrc.org.au by Wednesday 24 February 2021.

Click here to find out more and download a registration form for the International Women's Day Forum.

Adelaide International Women's Day Breakfast

The 2021 Adelaide IWD Breakfast will be held VIRTUALLY at 9am (ACDT) on Friday 5th of March 2021. Senator the Hon Penny Wong will host the event and Natasha Stott Despoja is the special guest speaker. Funds raised at the event will be donated to UN Women Australia. Tickets for the 2021 event are available to purchase via Humanitix.

Click here to find out more about the Adelaide International Women's Day Breakfast.

2021 International Women's Day TINA Talks

YWCA Australia are proud to re-launch ‘TINA Talks’ as a digital series, beginning on International Women’s Day, Monday 8 March 2021, with the remaining sessions taking place on the following three Mondays. TINA Talks are; Topical, Inspirational, Naked, and Authentic, and a great opportunity for corporate women at any stage of their career looking for professional development, connection with like-minded peers, and engagement with a range of intersectional feminist issues.

Click here to find out more and register for the TINA Talks International Women's Day Webinar Series.

News and Views

Media release - Support packages helping women and children fleeing violence

News articles

AARP - New research on women and heart disease
The Conversation - Women's health is better when women have more control in their society
Women's Agenda - Josephine Sukkar becomes first female chair of Australian Sports Commission
The Conversation - Domestic violence soars after natural disasters. Preventing it needs to be part of the emergency response
The Conversation - We analysed almost 500,000 police reports of domestic violence. Mental health was an issue
ABC News - House-sitting, couch surfing keeping 'almost homeless' older woman off the streets
ABC News - Young Australian of the Year Isobel Marshall is tackling period poverty with TABOO
BBC News - Pope Francis appoints first woman to the Synod of Bishops
The Guardian - 'Making our home safe again': meet the women who clear land mines
Women's Agenda - Gretchen Carlson on HR's role in changing the system
Forbes - How women can take control in a post-pandemic world

Reports and Resources

Reports

The relationship between gambling and intimate partner violence against women

This qualitative study investigated the relationship between gambling and violence by men against their female intimate partners. The study found that while gambling does not directly cause intimate partner violence, it reinforces the gendered drivers of violence to intensify the frequency and severity of intimate partner violence against women.

This work is part of the ANROWS Research reports series. You can read more about the research on the ANROWS website.

Defining and responding to coercive control: Policy brief

This policy brief is designed to assist policymakers developing legal or policy and practice frameworks to prevent or respond to coercive control in relation to domestic and family violence. While much of the contemporary focus has been upon criminalisation, this paper identifies three interlinked considerations that are key to effectively addressing coercive control.

This work is part of the ANROWS Insights series. You can read the policy brief on the ANROWS website.

Participate in research

A study is underway to investigate how "smart" devices may be helping to facilitate domestic abuse in Australia and the United Kingdom. A team from The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and University College London is examining how domestic and sexual violence survivors are being impacted by Internet of Things technology, which enables everyday devices to collect, send and receive data.

Click here to participate in the survey.

Resources

Break the Cycle website

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

Break the Cycle of domestic abuse.

www.breakthecycle.sa.gov.au

'Don't become that man' website

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

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

WIS What's On

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

Supporting our stakeholders during COVID-19

Supporting our stakeholders during COVID-19

Supporting our stakeholders during COVID-19

Supporting our NGOs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Release of Break the Cycle campaign to end domestic violence

Release of Break the Cycle campaign to end domestic violence

Release of Break the Cycle campaign to end domestic violence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Break the Cycle website

Men’s Referral Service: Phone 1300 766 491

Domestic Violence Crisis Line: Phone 1800 800 098

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