Weekly Round Up* 15 September 2015
|Welcome to this week’s round up. This week, in Queensland and Sydney, three women and two children have been murdered, bringing the number of women who have been killed this year to sixty-two. In all of these cases, the alleged perpetrators were known to the victims. The numbers are grim, as are the stories of countless women who continue to face violence and terror within their homes. We join the rest of the country in mourning the deaths of all the women and children who have died at the hands of domestic and family violence. Over the past week, high profile women have been using social media to speak out against family and domestic violence. We encourage you to read what they have to say and share their important message!
Around the Country
- The Federal Government is awarding targeted grants which will be used to develop education modules to address violence amongst LGBTI communities, Aboriginal high school girls, young ruby league players and preschool children.
- Anti-domestic violence campaigner, Rosie Batty, has used Father’s Day to encourage men to be positive role models.
- The Country Women’s Association has launched an awareness and fundraising campaign to support rural women who experience domestic violence.
- Girl Guides have introduced a program aimed at teaching young people how to recognise and act against domestic violence.
- Our Watch, a national organisation aimed at preventing violence against women and their children,announced the winners of its journalism awards last week.
- In Queensland, the Premier has indicated that she is willing to deliver whatever resources domestic violence helpline, DV Connect, needs in the wake of recent attacks in the state.
- In Tasmania, women’s advocacy group, Jodi Law Foundation, is hoping that the Attorney General’s inquiry into the criminal background of a convicted killer will reveal flaws in domestic violence legislation.
- In SA, Labor and Liberal MPs have launched Parliamentarians United Against Domestic Violence to support frontline domestic violence organisations.
- In Victoria, a video by young footballers addressing domestic violence has gone viral on the Internet.
Around the World
- Women’s Legal Services Australia is conducting a survey on the impact of direct cross examination by perpetrators on victims/survivors of domestic violence. If you are a victim/survivor of domestic/family violence, and were involved in family law proceedings and would like to help please click here and answer the short survey. It should take about 5 – 10 minutes to complete. If the survey in any way makes you feel upset, concerned or has any other negative impact on you please contact the National Domestic and Family Violence hotline on 1800 737 732. (24 hours/ 7 days)
- Women’s Services Network (WESNET) is presenting two free webinars under the Recharge project funded by ACCAN on technology and safety for community legal service and domestic/family violence practitioners. Places limited. Register here!
- The Damned Whores and God’s Police 40 Years On Conference on Anne Summer’s seminal text by the same name will be held at the University of Technology Sydney, from 21 – 23 September 2015. Register here!
- British-Somalian activist, Nimco Ali, and Anne Summers will be discussing female genital mutilation in a public lecture in Melbourne on 28 September.
- The Women’s World Summit Foundation’s new campaign – 17 Days of Activism for the Empowerment of Rural Women and their Communities – begins on 1 October 2015. More information here!
- The 2015 National Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference will be held on 7 October 2015 in Carrara, Queensland.
- The Festival of THE Rural Woman, a free online global event, is running from 12 – 15 October 2015. Register here!
- The Canberra Community Sleepout will be held on 16 October 2015. Find out here how you can get involved and help raise awareness about homelessness in Canberra!
- The 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters will be held in The Hague from 3 – 6 November 2015. More information here!
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