The ‘Nauru files’, a compilation of reports by guards, caseworkers and teachers as well as accounts of victims/survivors, has documented the magnitude of abuses inflicted on asylum seekers held in the Nauru detention centre, including sexual and other forms of violence against women and children.

[Warning: these files contain details that may distress readers.] Asylum seekers held in offshore detention are unable to access the services and legal assistance that people in Australia may be able to use, and are not included in framework policies like the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. At our conference next month with Our Watch, one of the questions we will be asking is how we define violence against women, and how those definitions shape efforts to prevent violence against disenfranchised groups such as women with disability, women in prison and women in offshore detention. To contribute to this important discussion, you can attend the conference, email your thoughts to [email protected], or both!


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  • The Australian Women’s Health Network is asking for supporters to make some noise and save women’s health! Join the campaign here.
  • Women’s Legal Service Victoria is holding an interactive workshop on Children and the Law on 15 September at Level 50 Bourke Place, 600 Bourke St, Melbourne. Click here to book.
  • The University of Melbourne has created a website called ‘NotTheOnlyOne’ where women can anonymously read and share stories about experiencing family and domestic violence.
  • Tickets are still on sale for the Fearless Comedy Gala – Comedians Against Family Violence. Some of Australia’s top comedians will unite in Canberra on 18 August to make a stand against family violence in our community. All proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT. More information available here.
  • The National Multicultural Women’s Conference will be held on 3 and 4 November 2016 in Parkroyal Parramatta, Sydney. Find out more here.
  • 1800RESPECT, the National Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Counselling Service is holding a webinar to give front-line workers an understanding of technology facilitated abuse and knowledge on how to support women with practical advice and tools to increase their safety when using digital technology and online media. The 45 minute webinar will be held on 15 September from 1pm AEST. The presenter is Karen Bentley, National Director SafetyNet Australia, WESNET. Register here.
  • Soroptomist International is sponsoring the Rosie Batty Roadshow from 5 October to 7 November 2016, travelling from Brisbane to Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne and Adelaide. Proceeds will go to the Women’s Legal Services in each capital that Rosie will visit. To buy your tickets click here.