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Weekly Round-Up

23 March 2018
QNews has highlighted the importance for LGBTIQ people of the Australian Law Reform Council’s review of the family law system, noting that the ALRC is encouraging submissions from LGBTIQ people. The review issues paper draws attention to the barriers faced by LGBTIQ people who have been the victims of family violence due to the limited professional knowledge held by those working in the family law system. The paper also identified that a key issue for LGBTIQ young people is that they “may experience violence from family members as a result of their sexuality or gender identity.” Building on our other recent policy work, AWAVA will make a submission to the ALRC review, and we encourage people with recent experience of the family law system to consider sharing this experience (anonymously if you prefer) through the review’s web portal, accessible here.

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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.

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) will host its second National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 May 2018 in Sydney, with the theme Acting on Evidence. For more information and to register, click here.

CARE Australia is hosting Gender and Diversity month all through March 2018. Info and RSVP details here. The following talks will take place (each talk will take an hour):
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Education ACT: Monday 26 March, 11:30pm
  • A Gender Agenda: Wednesday 28 March, 12pm
Where: 243 Northbourne Avenue, Lyneham, ACT 2602

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 Infants & Toddlers: using hope to address relational trauma training is a two-day workshop for professionals working with infants, toddlers and young children who have been exposed to family violence or early childhood relational trauma. Learn more and register here.
When: Monday 26 March and Tuesday 27 March 2018
Where: Melbourne CBD
The Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) is running face-to-face training sessions for salon professionals on gender inequality, family violence and supporting clients. To register your interest in attending a session, please contact Mandy Hudson at or 03 9259 4282.
When: Twice weekly from late March to end June 2018, from 6pm to 9pm
Where: Eastern region of Melbourne
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

The Women's Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services (WA) is running a workshop on Understanding Domestic and Family Violence in Cross-Cultural Contexts in Perth. Registration is by e-mail to
When: Wednesday 28 March 2018
Where: City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth, WA 6005

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.
  • Women’s Legal Service Victoria is conducting a survey to improve the training that it provides to community organisations. Complete the survey 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 have launched "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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