Given the high prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence and its complexity, it is critical that services working with victims/survivors of violence are appropriately equipped to support them. The purpose of this brochure is to synthesise the unique and effective practice model derived from specialist women’s services to inform policy direction and practices of [...]
WESNET, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and the Women's Legal Service NSW have prepared legal guides on laws relevant to people experiencing technology-facilitated abuse and stalking. For more information on laws in each State or Territory, click here.
The Australian Government's Fair Work Ombudsman has produced an Employer Guide to Family and Domestic Violence. Knowledge, awareness and planning can help employers support their employees, meet their workplace obligations and protect their workplaces. The guide outlines:- the role of the Fair Work Ombudsman and how they can help a checklist for managing family and [...]
Evidence-based reporting can help audiences understand the complex issue of violence against women. The way the media reports on the issue can influence policy outcomes, inform victims/survivors' decisions about seeking support and sharing their experiences, and affect how users of violence understand their choice to use violence and whether they take steps towards positive change. [...]
The Commonwealth Bank and Domestic Violence NSW have launched Addressing Financial Abuse, a booklet for domestic and family violence support workers to help affected people establish financial independence as a key step in leaving abusive relationships. The booklet provides guidance on the simple steps that can be taken to promote financial independence , such [...]
The Women’s Legal Services NSW Legal Education and Advice in Prison (LEAP) project for women facilitates access to family and civil law services for women in prison, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to ensure female prisoners have access to legal information and advice. Read Women’s Legal Services NSW's case study about Legal Education and Advice in Prison (LEAP) project.
Early Intervention Family Law project for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women (Marrin Weejali)
The Women’s Legal Services NSW has developed an Early Intervention Family Law Project to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care in Australia. Women's Legal Services NSW's work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities is guided by an Aboriginal Women’s Consultation Network and is focused on encouraging women to get free [...]
Women's Legal Services New South Wales developed the Ask LOIS (Legal Online Information Service) website in September 2012 to the challenges involved in being a community legal service with limited resources that services a large state-wide region. The website (www.asklois.org.au) provides easy access to information and resources for community workers who are assisting women experiencing and escaping violence. [...]
Working with News and Social Media to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children: A Strategic Framework for Victoria
Domestic Violence Victoria have developed a strategic framework for stakeholders in Victoria to work with the media in the area of primary prevention of violence against women and their children. The report identifies the influence that the media has on community values and attitudes and the key role that the media can play in achieving [...]
More Than Just a Ramp: A Guide for Women’s Refuges to Develop Disability Discrimination Act Action Plans
Women with Disabilities Australia have developed a guide for women's refuges to ensure they are complying with the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act by developing Action Plans that identify barriers that may result in discrimination against women and children with disabilities who need to access a refuge. The Action Plan recommends strategies to eliminate these barriers. Read [...]