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20 07, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 20 July

By |July 20th, 2017|Weekly Round-up*|0 Comments

This week, the Federal Government has released draft amendments to the Family Law Act. The amendments could ban alleged perpetrators from cross-examining victims/survivors in domestic violence cases in court, a practice that both re-traumatises victims/survivors and prevents them from pursuing legal options. The draft legislation comes after tireless and sustained efforts by community organisations, led by [...]

20 07, 2017

Submission on the proposed civil penalties regime for non-consensual sharing of intimate images

By |July 20th, 2017|2017, Submissions|0 Comments

We welcome the opportunity to make a submission submission as part of the Commonwealth’s consultation on a new civil penalties regime for the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, and related matters. AWAVA supports moves to criminalise the non-consensual sharing of intimate images in Commonwealth law. As we have previously stated in our submission to the 2016 Senate [...]

13 07, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 13 July

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Welcome to this week’s round-up! True Relationships and Reproductive Health and Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health are hosting a two-day National Multicultural Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health Conferencein Brisbane from 31 July to 1 August 2017. The program includes streams focusing on community-led approaches to responding to migrant and refugee women’s experiences of violence related to sexual and [...]

11 07, 2017

Family Violence, Child Protection and Family Law Resource

By |July 11th, 2017|Research|0 Comments

Children and families are entering the child protection system with increasingly complex family circumstances, including domestic and family violence. Victims/survivors of domestic and family violence often do not receive the support they need to maintain or re-establish their caring roles while building lives that are safe from violence. The aim of this page is to [...]

6 07, 2017

10 steps you can take to help end violence against women

By |July 6th, 2017|Research|0 Comments

Violence against women is endemic, and it affects women of every class, age, sexuality, race, ability/disability, religion or other background. The main driver of violence against women is gender inequality, which operates on many levels from social and cultural norms to economic and structural injustices.   In Australia, we live in a society where one [...]

6 07, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 6 July 2017

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Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up! This week, the Fair Work Commission rejected an application made by the Australian Council of Trade Unions to include 10 days of paid domestic violence leave for all employees under the modern awards scheme. The commission stated that it recognises domestic and family violence leave as [...]

29 06, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 29 June 2017

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Welcome to this week’s round-up. Early bird registration is now open for the Women's Services Network's (WESNET) 2nd Annual Technology Safety Summit, which will be held on 26 and 27 October 2017 in Melbourne. The summit will bring together national and international experts on technology safety and violence against women. More information and registration details can be found [...]

22 06, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 22 June 2017

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Last year, the NSW government announced that victims/survivors of domestic violence will be able to end a tenancy immediately and without penalty if they have an apprehended violence order or family law injunction. The new laws are expected to be introduced into parliament this year. However, many women subjected to domestic violence do not report [...]

15 06, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 15 June 2017

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AWAVA has joined 162 civil society organisations and 383 individuals to call for a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with a disability. A submission by the Australian Cross-Disability Alliance (now Disabled People’s Organisations Australia) illustrates how widespread these crimes are, including the fact that 90 percent of women with an intellectual disability [...]

9 06, 2017

Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into a better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence

By |June 9th, 2017|2017|0 Comments

AWAVA made a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into a better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence. Download the submission here to read more about our recommendations.