Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up. This week, we highlight perspectives on the prevention of men’s violence against women from services, survivors, allies and also perpetrators. The role of pervasive sexist attitudes in the continuation of violence against women in our communities is undeniable. Therefore, it is important that we address these harmful attitudes when responding to gendered violence. Reflecting on what responses are successful in preventing violence and what responses are not is crucial and we must constantly undertake this process of analysis and reflection to ensure our responses to gendered violence address the root causes of this violence and are effective in reducing and ultimately preventing this violence.
Around the Country
- The UN Committee Against Torture has stated that Australia, as a signatory to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, has an obligation to take action on preventing violence against women in Australia
- In Victoria, Police Commissioner Ken Lay has launched an investigation into sexual harassment and violence against women within the ranks of Victoria Police
- Community justice groups have raised concerns that reduced funding for community legal centres