This week, AWAVA Chairperson, Julie Oberin, presented a paper Women, Children And Homelessness: Taking The National Challenge Seriously and a workshop on Women And Homelessness at the National Homelessness Summit. Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness and Social Housing Melissa Parke  met with key stakeholders at the National Homelessness Summit in Sydney to discuss approaches and innovation in tackling homelessness“This summit is a great opportunity to share ideas and look at innovative projects underway to support some of our most vulnerable Australians,” Ms Parke said.

20-24 May, 2013 was National Cyber Security Awareness Week. National Cyber Security Awareness Week is an annual Australian Government initiative aimed at helping Australians using the Internet. For resources on cyber safety, do have a look at WESNET’s Safety Net resources, WESNET is the only organisation in Australia that delivers training developed by US sister organisation National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Technology Safety Project, also see Women’s Aid UK’s guide to technology risks and cyber stalking, and Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria’s technology safety planning guide.

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Reports and Resources

  • Women’s Health, Goulburn North East have launched a series of postcards, aimed at raising awareness of financial abuse that you can download, or order hard copies
  • In this report from the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House, the researchers argue that “the gender debate is one of the enduring controversies in domestic violence research”
  • The National Children’s and Youth Law Centre has completed their project Multi-Agency Response Guidelines on the Forced Marriage of Children. The research report and Guidelines are expected to be available shortly.
  • On 21 May, 2013 the Australian Human Rights Commission launched the new online interactive toolkit, Women in male-dominated industries: A toolkit of strategies. The toolkit is complemented by an interactive website providing a forum for continued discussion and development of strategies for increasing women’s participation in male-dominated industries.  In launching the Women in male-dominated industries: A toolkit of strategies,  The Hon Julie Collins MP, Minister for the Status of Women said: ” This is about providing employers and businesses with the depth of talent needed to address skills shortages.  It is also about economic and social equity. Something this timely toolkit will help achieve”

Get involved!

If you haven’t already, please can you complete the Stop The Violence Project survey by 31 May.  The project is keen to hear from domestic violence and sexual assault services on how to improve service delivery for women with disabilities that experience violence.  It should only take 30 minutes to complete:


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