9 04, 2021

English Language Tests Won’t Stop Family Violence, But Will Keep Families Apart

By |2021-04-13T12:59:10+10:00April 9th, 2021|2021, Media Release|Comments Off on English Language Tests Won’t Stop Family Violence, But Will Keep Families Apart

9 April 2021   The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) and Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) strongly oppose the Department of Home Affairs’ proposed imposition of an English language requirement, on both sponsors and applicants, for a partner visa.   The Department of Home Affairs suggest in their consultation that passing an English test will make partner [...]

26 02, 2021

Domestic Violence Advocates Tell Senate Committee To Reject The Government’s Plans Repeal Safe Lending Laws

By |2021-04-13T12:59:32+10:00February 26th, 2021|2021, Media Release|Comments Off on Domestic Violence Advocates Tell Senate Committee To Reject The Government’s Plans Repeal Safe Lending Laws

  26 February 2021   Financial abuse and domestic violence advocates will give evidence to the Senate Committee today about the harm women will face if the Government’s Supporting Economic Recovery Bill is passed.   Spokesperson for the Economic Abuse Reference Group Laura Bianchi said its 20 member organisations, which assist people experiencing financial abuse, have [...]

19 02, 2021

Passage of flawed merger bill tasks family law judges with an impossible task

By |2021-04-13T12:59:53+10:00February 19th, 2021|2021, Media Release|Comments Off on Passage of flawed merger bill tasks family law judges with an impossible task

18 February 2021   The passage of the Government’s flawed merger bill by the barest of margins is a disappointing outcome for Australian children and families and tasks Australian judges with an impossible task, a coalition of stakeholders said today.   The Law Council of Australia, Women’s Legal Services Australia, Community Legal Centres Australia, the [...]

13 10, 2020

Calls for structural change to budget are building as women are left behind

By |2020-10-13T11:38:23+11:00October 13th, 2020|2020, Media Release|Comments Off on Calls for structural change to budget are building as women are left behind

Following last Tuesday’s budget announcement, there is a growing consensus that the federal budget needs fundamental change. Seventeen organisations have come together to call for a new approach to budgeting which will bring women’s needs into sharper focus.   “The Minister for Women, Marise Payne, has made it clear that she understands that women will [...]

6 10, 2020

Safe Access Zones: Key Violence Prevention Mechanism

By |2020-10-06T07:56:07+11:00October 6th, 2020|2020, Media Release|Comments Off on Safe Access Zones: Key Violence Prevention Mechanism

Violence prevention advocates, sexual and reproductive health advocates and legal experts have today released a paper that underlines the importance of safe access zones as a key violence prevention measure in Australia. Safe access zones are allocated ‘bubbles’ of safety around facilities that provide abortion care that prohibit harassment and intimidation of patients and staff. [...]

8 05, 2020

Experts warn COVID-19 impacts on women’s safety just beginning

By |2020-06-17T11:27:24+10:00May 8th, 2020|2020, Media Release|Comments Off on Experts warn COVID-19 impacts on women’s safety just beginning

Joint AWAVA and Fair Agenda media release 8 May 2020 Key domestic violence experts are issuing a joint warning that the impacts of COVID-19 on women’s safety are only just beginning to be felt, and will compound the risks women face from abusive partners or family members for months and potentially years after isolation measures [...]

29 03, 2020

Media statement: Welcome initial funding needs to be followed with further investment in safety

By |2020-04-15T13:49:19+10:00March 29th, 2020|2020, Media Release|Comments Off on Media statement: Welcome initial funding needs to be followed with further investment in safety

29 March 2020 The national alliance of organisations working to end all forms of violence against women has welcomed the announcement today of $150 million of Federal government funding to support women and children subjected to violence through the coronavirus pandemic, and noted more will be needed to manage this emerging crisis. “This funding is [...]

13 03, 2020

Women’s lives will be at risk because of decision not to act today – domestic violence experts

By |2020-06-17T11:27:24+10:00March 13th, 2020|2020, Media Release|Comments Off on Women’s lives will be at risk because of decision not to act today – domestic violence experts

For immediate release  13 March 2020   Key women’s safety advocates have denounced the woeful outcomes from today’s COAG meeting in relation to women's and children’s safety.    The groups say that the lack of action coming out of today's COAG meeting shows an absence of leadership; and a decision to abandon the women and [...]

5 03, 2020

Letter to Women’s Safety Ministers on urgent actions for women’s safety

By |2020-06-17T11:27:24+10:00March 5th, 2020|In Focus, Media Release|Comments Off on Letter to Women’s Safety Ministers on urgent actions for women’s safety

5 March 2020   Dear Women’s Safety Ministers, As specialists with years of experience working with and for women and children subjected to violence, we know that long-term, major reforms are needed over the coming months and years to achieve lasting improvements to safety and justice.   We also know there are key changes your [...]

5 03, 2020

Women’s Safety Ministers sent 5 urgent actions for women’s safety

By |2020-06-17T11:27:24+10:00March 5th, 2020|2020, Media Release|Comments Off on Women’s Safety Ministers sent 5 urgent actions for women’s safety

For immediate release |  AWAVA & Fair Agenda 5 March 2020 Ahead of the special meeting of Women’s Safety Ministers on Friday, domestic and family violence experts have today written to call for their governments to action five urgent and immediate changes to improve women’s safety. The letter authored by Australian Violence Against Women Alliance [...]

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