We have great news from Victoria this week! The Victorian government has agreed to implement every single recommendation made in the report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which was released last Wednesday. The report, consisting of eight volumes, details 227 recommendations aimed at making systemic changes to family violence response and prevention mechanisms. Amongst many promising measures, the report recommends compulsory domestic violence training for staff such as police, doctors and educators, more coordinated responses to housing shortages for women escaping violence, and specialist domestic violence courts and magistrates. The report emphasises a “whole of community” and “whole of government” response, calling for collaboration between services and government, specifically through the establishment of 17 family violence Support and Safety hubs. Follow this link for a brief summary of the report. The full report can be found here.
Around the Country
- The final report of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children is now available. COAG has given in-principle support to the six areas identified for further joint action, including national leadership to challenge gender inequality and transform community attitudes, and providing trauma-informed responses to violence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- The Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (WGAR) has compiled a list of sources on the implications of the Royal Commission recommendations for Aboriginal women and communities.
- Jess Hill, recipient of the 2015 Our Watch Gold Award for reporting on violence against women has written about the role of the media in responsible domestic violence reporting.
- Non-profit organisation Share the Dignity and tampon company Cottons have launched a new initiative which involves printing the contact details of domestic violence support line 1800RESPECT on the inside of tampon boxes.
- The Australian Bankers’ Association has committed to undertake measures which ensure that customers living with family violence have improved access to finances in emergency situations.
- In Victoria, hundreds of men are on waiting lists for men’s behaviour change programs since demand for services far exceeds availability.
- In Queensland, the University of Queensland Union held a Pay Gap Bake Sale as part of ‘Feminist Week’ on Tuesday, April 5. The Bake Sale, which will charge customers the proportion of $1 that they are likely to earn comparative to men, has faced significant backlash for allegedly being discriminatory towards men. For commentary, read Angela Priestley’s piece in Women’s Agenda, highlighting why criticisms of the bake sale are unfounded.