Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up. This week, many of the links we’ve highlighted focus on the huge contributions that dedicated staff in frontline services make to the community in Australia and around the world. While they are often given a backseat in the media, these individuals commit themselves to assisting people in need, often in very difficult circumstances. The perspectives and insights of those who work in frontline services within the preventing violence against women sector are crucial as we develop effective and innovative initiatives to eliminate men’s violence against women.

Around the Country

  • Family violence workers around Australia accept low pay and conditions in order to support much needed services
  • The Federal Government has announced that it will accept all 19 recommendations of the Moss Review into sexual abuse in Australia’s offshore detention centre in Nauru
  • Discussions are proceeding on trials of cashless welfare cards to prevent recipients from purchasing alcohol and gambling
  • Lieutenant General David Morrison’s successor as Chief of Army has been named
  • In Queensland, MP Billy Gordon has been expelled from the Labor Party after failing to reveal his criminal history, including accusations of domestic violence
  • In Victoria, trials have begun of a system of monitoring domestic violence offenders deemed especially dangerous 
    [TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of violence, gun violence]
  • In the ACT, women’s refuge Beryl Women Inc has reported an increase in abusers using GPS technology to try and track women to their shelter [TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of abuse]
  • In New South Wales, the third annual report by the NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team has been tabled and includes 23 new recommendations, as well as noting that half of the 14 recommendations from the last report have not been acted upon
  • In Victoria, journalist Chris Johnson suggests that media focus on women killed by strangersdisguises the broader issue of men’s violence against women
  • In the ACT, a magistrate has rejected the argument that alcohol and anger management issues caused a man to abuse his wife and child [TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of violence, violence involving children]
  • In Victoria, an internal review has found women are bullied and harassed inside the Victorian Liberal Party
  • The Melbourne Comedy Festival has received criticism for not taking action after a comedian told an audience member to “die” after they staged a silent protest in response to a joke about rape[TRIGGER WARNING: Rape joke]
  • In Victoria, a priest has apologised for inappropriate comments he made about murdered woman Jill Meagher during a service at a primary school [TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of violence, victim blaming]

Around the World

Research, Resources and Reports

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**Articles published do not necessarily reflect the view of AWAVA and are included as items of interest only.