The Commonwealth Department of Social Security has released research commissioned to inform a national campaign to reduce violence against women and their children, identifying three key patterns we need to overcome: victim-blaming; minimising the seriousness of the violence; and the tendency to empathise with men/boys rather than women/girls (the desire to avoid blaming males). The Prime Minister, the Minister for Women and the Minister for Social Services have called this “a dangerous and engrained attitude in Australian society” and have committed $30 million to the campaign.

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Research, Resources and Reports

  • The Institute of Development Studies (UK) has released a policy briefing, Building Alliances to Address Sexual and Gender-based Violence, which explores the often uneasy relationship between ‘traditional’ women’s rights movements and organisations working on engaging men and boys. The authors recommend staying accountable to the goal of transformative change, moving away from the ‘men as protector’ narrative, and taking seriously the concerns of drains on resources for women’s rights.
  • Does viewing violent television as a child increase aggression toward women later in life? Probably, but it is a hard question to definitively answer, as explained in a recent review of the available research.
  • [Reposting] 1800RESPECT has launched an online toolkit for frontline workers to help them better recognise the signs of sexual assault and domestic and family violence and empower them to respond well.

Get Involved!

  • AWAVA, in conjunction with Our Watch and supported by WESNET, invite you to attend an international conference on violence against women. The conference will be held from 19 to 22 September 2016. More information here!
  • As we prepare for the natural disaster season, 1800RESPECT urges us to consider the fact that domestic and family violence increases during and after disasters. A webinar on 16 December will explain more about this issue and how to respond. Register here!
  • The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence continues until 10 December. This year you are urged to Orange the World to show your support!
  • Women’s Legal Services Australia invites female victims/ survivors of domestic/ family violence who have been involved in family law court proceedings about children’s matters and would like to share about their experiences to please answer the short survey (open until 31 December).
  • The 21st Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International Conference 2016 will be held from 26-28 October 2016. More information here!

* Due to staff leave, the Round-Up will be produced fortnightly instead of weekly from 9 November until the normal weekly pattern resumes on 21 December.