Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up, with all of the latest news and links from the sector.
The AWAVA team would like to wish you all a happy and safe long weekend. We would also like to thank our outgoing Program Manager, Dr Trishima Mitra-Kahn and wish her all the best. We are delighted to be able to announce that we are currently in the process of recruiting a new team member to fill Trish’s shoes. You can view an advertisement for the Program Manager position here.
We will be back with another edition of the Round-Up next week!
Around the Country
- A woman has been killed by her abusive partner on a public street in Melbourne [Trigger Warning: description of violent attack] A media statement about this attack has been released by the Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service of Victoria
- A nurse is accused of sexually assaulting elderly patients in a Sydney hospital
- Karl Stefanovic has spoken out in favour of action to eliminate violence against women
- ‘A Perth taxi driver has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting five wheelchair-bound women in his vehicle’
- A ‘spiritual healer’ from Sydney has been charged with sexually assaulting one of his clients
- New data has shown that Dubbo has had twice the reports of domestic violence than the average for NSW
- Advocates have expressed concern that ‘homeless women fleeing domestic violence or suffering severe mental illness will be left without specialist support in a radical overhaul of homelessness services in NSW’
Around the World
- Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, has condemned the ‘boys’ club’ culture prevalent in Britain
- Although the Egyptian constitution explicitly protects women’s rights, Egyptian women have yet to see changes to behaviours on the ground
- In the lead up to New Zealand’s general election in September, political parties are being called upon to commit to making a stand for women’s rights
- Musician Flavor Flav has pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges
- In the United States, a woman is bringing a legal claim against fast-food restaurant Chipotle for discrimination on the basis of her status as a domestic violence victim
- In Botswana, Kelebogile Kgabi, Deputy Permenant Secretary of the Botswana Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, has expressed disappointment at the continuing prevalence of gender based violence
Research and Reports
- The Australian Council of Social Service has released a report on the level of funding uncertainty of vital community organisations
- The Mercy Foundation has released a new report: ‘Older women’s pathways out of homelessness in Australia’
- No To Violence has released a report: ‘Domestic violence perpetrator programs: Education, therapy, support, accountability ‘or’ struggle?’
**Articles published do not necessarily reflect the views of AWAVA and are included as items of interest only