|Welcome to our latest round up of news from the preventing and responding to violence against women sector. AWAVA is excited to announce that we have started a blog to create a platform to share the fantastic work that women around the country are doing to address gender-based violence. Over the course of the year, we will post interviews with members of our Advisory Group, as well as information on projects that women around Australia are passionate about. Find out more here!
Around the country
- A recent report by Australia’s National Research Organisation on Women’s Safety (ANROWS) has found that there is an urgent need to involve Indigenous communities in family violence responses and programs. The report has also shown that rebuilding family and kinship ties is central to addressing family violence.
- So-called ‘pick up artist’, Jeff Allen, was forced to cancel seminars and left Australia after a comprehensive campaign criticising him for promoting misogynistic and abusive attitudes and calling for his deportation. After Allen left, the Department of Immigration cancelled his visa.
- In South Australia, the first female magistrate of the City of Mount Gambier, Teresa Anderson, has introduced court-ordered domestic violence counselling for abusive men.
- In Queensland, Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service and Cape York’s Goobidi-Bamanga Community Advancement Cooperative Society will receive $80 000 and $45 000 respectively as part of one-off state-wide funding.
- In Victoria, the City of Greater Bendigo has signed up for a plan to address high rates of family and domestic violence in the region.
- In the ACT, demand from domestic and family violence crisis assistance increased by more than 34 percent in the holiday period, with almost 5000 calls in the lead up to Christmas.
Around the world
- The Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against Women and their Children (MAEVe) is hosting a public event on 10 February in Melbourne to discuss the intersection of technology and violence against women.
- For Purpose Australia is running a three day professional development workshop for people working in the not-for-profit sector. The workshop will be held in Canberra from 17-19 February, with the option of enrolling in individual seminars on each of the days.
- Domestic Violence Crisis Centre ACT is holding its annual ball on 19 March 2016 in Canberra.Register here!
- 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!
- The 21st Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International Conference 2016 will be held from 26-28 October 2016. More information here!