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Weekly Round-Up

25 January 2018

Welcome to AWAVA’s Weekly Round-Up. This week, thousands of women have joined Women’s March events in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The marches on 21 January in Australia were held in solidarity with large gatherings in the US and elsewhere, marking one year after massive marches across the globe were held in protest against the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. At AWAVA we continue to be heartened by the mobilisation against sexual assault and harassment as well as against systemic discrimination in all its forms.

Around the Country

Around the World Research and Reports Get involved!
Conferences, events and summits
  • ANROWS and the Monash University Gender and Family Violence will host a public discussion of family violence and perpetrator accountability on 8 February. For more information and to RSVP, click here.
  • ANROWS will host a workshop in Sydney on 23 February called Local Evidence to Action & Local Action as Evidence, which will discuss community based practice for the prevention of violence against women and their children. To find out more, click here.
  • Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) is holding a one-day event on LGBTIQ rights and the law on 9 March, including issues of domestic and family violence in LGBTIQ relationships and LGBTIQ issues in family law. For more information and to book, click here.
Surveys and inquiries
  • ANROWS is asking workers, practitioners and policy makers in the violence against women sector to provide input on the development of the National Risk Assessment Principles. Learn more and complete the survey here.
  • Researchers at Monash University are conducting a study on family violence information sharing. An overview is available here, and people interested in contributing can read the participant information here.
  • The Women’s Centre for Health Matters is conducting a community consultation survey about ACT women’s sexual and reproductive health. For more information click here.
  • Women’s Legal Service Victoria is conducting a survey to improve the training that it provides to community organisations. Complete the survey here
  • WIRE women’s information service is conducting research to examine the best moments to work on financial capability and literacy with women who have been subjected to family violence. For more information on the project and to participate in focus groups, click here.
  • Do you know someone with children who has recently finalised (or is soon to finalise) their separation? The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is undertaking a new study into young people’s experiences of separation. AIFS would like to talk to young people aged 10-17 years and a parent about how young people’s needs are being met by family law system services. More information can be found here.
  • Are you a teacher in Australia? Do you teach any aspects of sex education? If so, researchers at La Trobe University need your help! You’re invited to take part in a survey from that seeks to understand the impact of the recently released Australian Curriculum on your experiences of teaching sex education. To find out more and/or complete the survey, visit the project website here.
Training, resources and opportunities
  • DV-alert is offering specialised workshops for settlement services so that workers can learn to recognise the signs of domestic violence, respond appropriately and refer the case if necessary. For more information, visit the website here.
  • The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia is seeking Expressions of Interest from those who would like to join the FECCA's Women’s Advisory Committee. Please send a resume with a short supporting statement to by COB 31 January 2018. For more information about FECCA and the Women's Advisory Committee please click here.
  • Chisholm TAFE in Victoria is offering a new Graduate Certificate course in family violence. Find out more here
  • Stanford University is offering a free and introductory online course on International Women’s Health and Human Rights. Visit this website for more information.
  • The March 2018 “The Future of Women’s Refuges” edition of Parity is now open for contributions. The central role and function of women’s refuges in meeting the crisis accommodation and support needs of women and children escaping domestic and family violence is at the heart of this edition of Parity; the fundamental question here being: What is the future for women’s refuges?  Contributions close 9 March 2018. Download the flyer here.
  • The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is running an online Graduate Certificate Program in Domestic Violence which is designed for frontline workers, policy developers and professionals and is intended to provide them with specialised skills and knowledge on how to better respond to cases of domestic violence.
*Articles published do not necessarily reflect the views of AWAVA and are included as items of interest only.

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