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Weekly Round-Up

29 March 2018
A group of Aboriginal women from the Tangentyere Women's Family Safety Group have travelled from Alice Springs to Canberra to conduct a sorry ceremony at Parliament House, in memory of women who have lost their lives in domestic and family violence. Last year, these women led a march urging more media and government bodies to pay attention to violence against Aboriginal women in Central Australia. Research from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-Indigenous women in Australia. The Tangentyere Women's Family Safety Group’s action has been praised by Northern Territory Senator Malarndirri McCarthy, who applauded their courage.

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DV-alert is offering ongoing, 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.


ANROWS is hosting their 2nd National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children. The theme for the conference is Acting on Evidence, and features leading researchers, policymakers and practicioners from around Australia, discussing new evidence in the prevention of violence against women and children and its application to policy and practice. Find out more and register for the conference here.
When: Tuesday 15 May to Thursday 17 May 2018
Where: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 61-101 Phillip St, Sydney, NSW 2000


The Alice Springs Sexual Assault Referral Centre is facilitating a free workshop to equip frontline and specialist staff, support workers, and those volunteering in the domestic violence field with critical skills and up-to-date knowledge to support women and families experiencing, or at risk of, techology-facilitated abuse. The workshop is run by the eSafety Women Commissioner. Register your interest by e-mailing
When: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Where: Liebig Building, Alice Springs Hospital, Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT 0870


Queensland Domestic Violence Services Network is hosting a conference titled "Developing Integrated Responses to Domestic and Family Violence in Australia: The Next Step". Bringing together international speakers to support local, regional and state-based systems to strengthen coordination and collaboration, protect victim survivors, and hold perpetrators accountable by presenting a variety of learnings as well as practical tools. Register here.
When: Tuesday 8 May to Thursday 10 May 2018
Where: The Hilton Brisbane, 190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000


Women's Health Victoria is running a workshop on Gender Equity in Action. The activity-based workshops will be an introductory step-by-step guide to performing a gender analysis in practice. Register online on Eventbrite.
When: Thursday 19 April 2018
Where: Women's Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000


The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) is running a Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women (PVAW) Conference. This conference will focus on the learnings from the statewide roll out of Respectful Relationships across Victorian schools, to explore how PVAW initiatives can be effectively scaled across other settings, such as workplaces, universities, primary health, sports or media. For more information or enquiries contact Chani Simpson on
When: Tuesday 29 May 2018
Where: RMIT University Storey Hall, Building 16, 336–348 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000


DVRCV’s well-being, self-care and worker sustainability is a practical one-day workshop for family violence specialists to help you and your employer support your well-being and professional sustainability. Learn more and register here.
When: Tuesday 17 April 2018
Where: Melbourne CBD


DVRCV’s SmartSafe: Digital Safety, Family Violence and Risk Assessment is essential tech safety training for frontline staff, refuge workers, crisis workers, outreach workers and counsellors. Learn how to support women experiencing tech-facilitated abuse. Proficiency in technology is not required, only a passion for keeping women and children safe. Learn more and register here.
When and where:
  • Tuesday 10 April 2018, Ballarat
  • Tuesday 8 May 2018, Frankston
  • Thursday 24 May 2018, Melbourne CBD
  • Thursday 14 June 2018, Dandenong

A Diversity in Disaster conference, funded by the Australian and Victorian governments, will launch the national Gender and Emergency Guidelines, which are designed to address both the causes of violence against women and the increase in this violence at times of disaster. Learn more about the conference and register here.
When: Tuesday 17 April and Wednesday 18 April 2018
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Ave, Richmond, VIC 3002


ShantiWorks is hosting a conference on the Duluth model of coordinated community responses to violence against women. For more information, click here.
When: Wednesday 2 May to Friday 4 May 2018
Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle St, St Kilda, VIC 3182


PartnerSPEAK is running five-week closed, facilitated peer support groups for partners and families of offenders of online child abuse. Short-term individual peer support (face-to-face/phone/online) is also available, upon request. Community gatherings and online support groups are also being held, with details on their website. For more information, e-mail
When: Every Thursday from 5 April to 3 May 2018
Where: WIRE Women's Information Centre, 372 Spencer St, West Melbourne, VIC 3003


Project Respect is hosting a number of professional development workshops throughout the year on supporting women in the sex industry and women trafficked for sexual exploitation. Find out more here.

Surveys and inquiries
  • The Catalyst Foundation is conducting a survey on Domestic Violence Awareness among LGBTIQ people, in order to help the Foundation develop educational resources on domestic violence and the reporting of domestic violence specifically within LGBTIQ communities. Find out more here.
  • WIRE is conducting a survey on Family Violence and Money problems, where people who have experienced an abusive or controlling relationship can provide information about experiences of financial support. For enquiries, get in touch with Nilmini Fernando at
  • 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 Legal Service Victoria is conducting a survey to improve the training that it provides to community organisations. Complete the survey 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.
Resources, courses and opportunities
  • The Unveiled Institute in the ACT is launching a think tank on domestic violence, and is looking for volunteers. More information and expressions of interest 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.
  • Infoxchange and the NAB Foundation are launching "Ask Izzy", a mobile site providing resources and support to people experiencing violence. This involves housing, financial help, counselling, legal advice, education and advocacy among other categories. Find out more on their website. Safe Steps is organising a Survivor Advocate program, "an ongoing initiative designed to empower women who have a lived experience of family violence to safely and effectively share their personal stories and raise awareness of family violence with a range of community and media audiences."
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