Welcome once again to AWAVA’s Weekly Round-Up. Last week, many news items have focused on what happens after a woman or girl has experienced violence.  AWAVA strongly highlights the need for primary prevention of violence against women and the parallel obligation to support women victims and survivors.  In other news, our delegates from The fifty-eighth session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women will be back shortly, we are excited to share more information about their participation and engagement in the coming weeks! We also thank the Australian Government Delegation, headed by the Hon. Minister Senator Michaelia Cash, for their excellent advocacy at the Commission to ensure gender equality and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls is front and centre of the Post 2015 agenda. To read the Hon. Minister’s National Statement at the Commission on the Challenges and Achivements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls, follow the link

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Research and Reports

  •  Women’s Legal Services NSW have published their report Women Defendants to AVOs: What is their experience of the justice system. The study findings include that over two-thirds of our women clients defending AVOs reported that they were the victims of violence in their relationships. Fewer than 40% of these clients had a final AVO made against them when the case came before the court. In the majority of cases where women were defending AVOs, the other party’s complaint related to a single incident only. In several of these cases injuries to the other party could be indicative of self-defense, such as scratching or biting on the arm or hand. The report calls for others to gather data about women defendants of AVOs so there is an evidence base with which to inform policy and legal practice in the area of domestic violence and intervention orders.
  • From NUI Galway and Rape Crisis Network Ireland: ‘Young People, Alcohol and Sex: What’s Consent Got To Do With It?


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