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25 05, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 24 May 2017

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The National Foundation for Australian Women has released its 2017 Gender Lens report, showing that despite some positive initiatives the Australian Government’s 2017-18 Budget does little to address the entrenched economic disadvantage experienced by women. Given that gender inequality is the key underlying driver of violence against women and their children, this is a major [...]

19 05, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 17 May 2017

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We extend a huge congratulations to AWAVA Advisory Group member organisation,Women’s Legal Services Australia, and the many other organisations and individuals who have been campaigning to prohibit the direct cross-examination of victims of violence in family law proceedings. The Attorney-General, George Brandis, announced in last Tuesday’s budget that the government will amend the Family Law [...]

12 05, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 11 May 2017

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In the wake of the federal Budget, AWAVA has welcomed some announcements on family law and homelessness services, but remains concerned that without substantial investment and collaboration, we will not be able to prevent or properly respond to violence against women. AWAVA is relieved that homelessness services will continue to be funded, including refuges and [...]

3 05, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 03 May 2017

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The Victorian Government has announced $1.9 billion in funding to address family violence, with $33.5 million dedicated specifically to preventing and responding to violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. We are pleased to see the Victorian Government’s leadership in working towards a future in which all women and children can live free from [...]

28 04, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 28 April 2017

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We have great news to share this week! The Australian Government has reversed its decision to cut 30% of Commonwealth funding from Community Legal Centres. Women’s legal services, among other services, will now be able to continue supporting women and children facing violence and providing essential legal services. This is the result of tireless campaigning [...]

21 04, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 21 April 2017

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This week, new findings from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have shown that almost 6500 women and girls were admitted to hospital as a result of assault in 2013-14. In 59% of these cases, the perpetrator was a spouse or domestic partner. Parents and other family members accounted for nearly half of [...]

4 04, 2017

Weekly Round-up 04 April

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Sexual assault and harassment on public transport are significant forms of violence against women and girls internationally. In Sri Lanka, for example, a study has found that 90 percent of women have been subjected to sexual harassment on trains and buses, prompting the development of an app by which women can report incidents as they [...]

28 03, 2017

Weekly Round-up 28 March

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Medibank Health Solutions (MHS) is putting out to tender the contract to provide specialist trauma counselling services as part of the 1800RESPECT national sexual assault, domestic and family violence helpline. MHS currently subcontracts the specialist trauma counselling services component of 1800RESPECT to Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA), while MHS, which was privatised in 2014, manages the new 1800RESPECT First Response triage service and (since 2010) the 1800RESPECT [...]

21 03, 2017

Weekly Round-up 21 March

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Community organisations are coming together to oppose the $5.6 billion in cuts to family payments, income support and other programs that are contained in the Omnibus Bill now before the Senate. Under the current Bill, these cuts would be used to fund child care. Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie has [...]

8 03, 2017

Weekly Round-up 08 March

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Today as we celebrate International Women’s Day we are reminded of the many positive changes achieved through the relentless work of women activists, community-builders and trailblazers. Despite the continued gender inequality, patriarchy and violence inflicted upon women, girls and non-binary-identifying people all around the globe, we continue the diverse and evolving projects of feminism. We [...]