A short (but sweet!) round-up this week to get your working week started.

News around the country

  • A Melbourne adult inpatient facility announces a new women’s only section to provide women with a safe and secure environment while receiving treatment
  • Still in Victoria, a new app has been launched that the Centre Against Sexual Assault believe will lower the barriers for reporting sexual assault
  • There are calls in the Northern Territory for the introduction of a domestic violence death review process
  • Meanwhile, in Victoria, advocates are lobbying to have funding re-instated to continue the Victorian Systemic Review of Family Violence Deaths, read more in DVRCV’s Red Rally Round-up
  • Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a royal commission into child sex abuse that will probe organisations ranging from the Catholic Church and state authorities to the boy scouts and sports groups


New Resource!

VicHealth local government actions guides for preventing violence against women

Upcoming Events


This Month:

  • 20-21 November:  First National Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference
  • 21-23 November: Standing Firm for change: a journey to justice  where community members, leaders, workers and policy makers will come together to confront the issues of family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and identify strategies to improve access to justice and systemic change for Aboriginal victims/survivors of family violence
  • 23 November 2012:  Not1More/White Ribbon Day – White Ribbon Day activities in Melbourne include awareness-raising, White Ribbon Lunch, Walk Against Family Violence at 2pm, Not1more will be remembering victims of family violence and offering the opportunity for people to take the White Ribbon Oath in Federation Square, Melbourne
  • 23 November:  Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March, Perth
  • 26-28 November 2012:  Pathways to Change Conference for practitioners and policy developers to explore practice responses to children and young people displaying Problem Sexualised Behaviour and Sexually Abusive Behaviour, Hobart.  Register by 1 November for the early bird discount.  Click here for Conference  programs details
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Events
  • 27 November: Half the SkyTurning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide film screening, panel discussion and launch of Jacqui True’s book, The Political Economy of Violence against Women. at UNSW, 6-8pm, to register: http://ahrcentrehalfthesky.eventbrite.com.au.  The film screening is hosted by the Australian Human Rights Centre and  the film addresses the linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality.
  • 6 December: The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse are hosting a  symposium to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the 16 days of activism against gender violence; Damned Lies and Statistics: Understanding Gender and Violence Symposium with Dr Michael Flood and Dr Jane Wangmann  will be held in Sydney


  • 18- 20  February 2013 The National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC)’s inaugural Conference being held  in Canberra
  • 21 March 2013: Australian Women’s Coalition is calling young women between 18 – 30 years who live, study or work in Auburn, Bankstown, Liverpool or Coffs Harbour NSW, or in Canberra, ACT to be a part of SHOUT!  A series of three free workshops will run in each location, complemented by an online network of support and skills-sharing and a local network of participants and AWC member organisations. The workshops will culminate in community events on Harmony Day next year, . Find out more here
  • 28-30 April 2013 – The Australian Migrant and Refugee Women’s Alliance (AMaRWA) will be holding a 2 day national conference: Stand Up!  Eliminating All Forms of Violence Against CALD Women, supported by AWAVA.  Put it in your diary!
  • ‘Miss Representation’ Screening Tour: Women in Film & Television (WIFT) NSW are planning a series of screenings of ‘Miss Representation’ across Australia in 2012/13. If you are interested in hosting a screening of this film in partnership with WIFT NSW please email them


  • 4-15 March 2013: 57th Session of the Commission for the Status of Women (CSW57), New York, priority theme: Eliminating and prevention all forms of violence against women and girls