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14 08, 2017

April – June 2017 Quarterly Update

By |August 14th, 2017|Quarterly Update, Uncategorized|0 Comments

QUARTERLY UPDATE April – June 2017 Welcome to AWAVA’s mid-year update. It’s hard to believe but we’re already closer to the end of the year than the beginning! For the last three years, our advocacy efforts have been focussed on three main portfolios of work that relate to ending violence against women and children, which [...]

10 08, 2017

Brochure: The Unique Role of Specialist Women’s Services in Ending Violence against Women

By |August 10th, 2017|Research|0 Comments

With a variety of different organisations in Australia providing services to survivors / victims of violence, it is important to recognise the proven efficacy of the established specialist women’s services sector. These services are at the forefront of ending violence against women. The impact and effectiveness of these specialist services is underpinned by a set [...]

4 08, 2017

Weekly Round Up 4 August 2017

By |August 4th, 2017|Weekly Round-up*|0 Comments

On Tuesday this week, the Australian Human Rights Commission released Change the Course, its report on sexual assault and harassment at Australian universities. The report revealed the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment at universities and made a total of nine recommendations, which included measures such as commissioning an independent evaluation of university policies on [...]

31 07, 2017

Weekly Round Up 28 July 2017

By |July 31st, 2017|Weekly Round-up*|0 Comments

This week, Universities Australia (UA) announced that a national round-the-clock 1800 helpline, run by Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA), will be established for survivors of sexual assault on university campuses (including those who have dropped out of their degrees). UA’s decision comes after a sustained campaign by student activists, demanding that universities implement the [...]

20 07, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 20 July

By |July 20th, 2017|Weekly Round-up*|0 Comments

This week, the Federal Government has released draft amendments to the Family Law Act. The amendments could ban alleged perpetrators from cross-examining victims/survivors in domestic violence cases in court, a practice that both re-traumatises victims/survivors and prevents them from pursuing legal options. The draft legislation comes after tireless and sustained efforts by community organisations, led by [...]

20 07, 2017

Submission on the proposed civil penalties regime for non-consensual sharing of intimate images

By |July 20th, 2017|2017, Submissions|0 Comments

We welcome the opportunity to make a submission submission as part of the Commonwealth’s consultation on a new civil penalties regime for the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, and related matters. AWAVA supports moves to criminalise the non-consensual sharing of intimate images in Commonwealth law. As we have previously stated in our submission to the 2016 Senate [...]

13 07, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 13 July

By |July 13th, 2017|Weekly Round-up*|0 Comments

Welcome to this week’s round-up! True Relationships and Reproductive Health and Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health are hosting a two-day National Multicultural Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health Conferencein Brisbane from 31 July to 1 August 2017. The program includes streams focusing on community-led approaches to responding to migrant and refugee women’s experiences of violence related to sexual and [...]

11 07, 2017

Family Violence, Child Protection and Family Law Resource

By |July 11th, 2017|Research|0 Comments

Children and families are entering the child protection system with increasingly complex family circumstances, including domestic and family violence. Victims/survivors of domestic and family violence often do not receive the support they need to maintain or re-establish their caring roles while building lives that are safe from violence. The aim of this page is to [...]

6 07, 2017

10 steps you can take to help end violence against women

By |July 6th, 2017|Research|0 Comments

Violence against women is endemic, and it affects women of every class, age, sexuality, race, ability/disability, religion or other background. The main driver of violence against women is gender inequality, which operates on many levels from social and cultural norms to economic and structural injustices.   In Australia, we live in a society where one [...]

6 07, 2017

Weekly Round-Up 6 July 2017

By |July 6th, 2017|Weekly Round-up*|0 Comments

Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up! This week, the Fair Work Commission rejected an application made by the Australian Council of Trade Unions to include 10 days of paid domestic violence leave for all employees under the modern awards scheme. The commission stated that it recognises domestic and family violence leave as [...]