Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up! This week, we learned that the rate of women being killed by domestic violence in Australia has increased in 2015 with close to two deaths per week since the start of the year. This is the same rate as in the UK, which has almost three times our population. Statistics like these are incredibly concerning, but we are heartened by the many people who continue to speak up and take action to end men’s violence against women. Everyone has the right to feel and be safe. It is our responsibility as a society to ensure this right is upheld.
Around the Country
- Hip hop group Thundamentals have spoken out to express their disgust that a man sexually assaulted a woman at one of their shows and are calling for any witnesses to come forward
- Jane Bullen, Research Associate at UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre, has written in favour of specialist refuges for domestic violence
- Services and activists are calling for far greater support to be dedicated to addressing domestic violence in migrant communities