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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 [...]

28 02, 2017

Weekly Round-up 01 March

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The sexual assaults and harassment of women at festivals has been highlighted again after recent events including Summernats in Canberra and the Falls Festival in Tasmania. At these events, like others, assaults have occurred publicly and have been witnessed by bystanders, many of whom are not well prepared to respond constructively. For example, Guardian correspondent [...]

21 02, 2017

Weekly Round-up 21 February

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The need to ensure women’s access to safe and affordable abortion worldwide is once more in the spotlight. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has found that 88% of all abortions take place in developing regions where access is often restricted by law. Survivors of sexual and physical partner violence are twice as likely to have [...]

14 02, 2017

Weekly Round-up 14 February

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Domestic violence and poverty are the two leading causes of homelessness in Australia, while unaffordable housing continues to have a gendered impact. Women now make up the majority of specialist homelessness services clients, as well as the majority of public housing tenants and Commonwealth Rent Assistance recipients. In the Australian Capital Territory, homelessness services are [...]

8 02, 2017

Weekly Round-up 08 February

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Researchers, advocates and services are increasingly grappling with forms of intimate partner violence that do not fit the model of heterosexual domestic relationships. Yet recent work shows that significant gaps remain. Misogyny, patriarchal social structures, rigid gender norms and homophobia continue to create a violence-supportive culture that has particular implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, [...]