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This eNews contains NIFVS coordination team news, family violence sector news, events and training, resources and a media round-up.
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Coordination team news
Overcoming Barriers: A toolkit to improve responses to CALD women and children who have experienced family violence
This month saw the launch of Overcoming Barriers, an online resource aimed at enhancing workers’ response to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women and children who have experienced family violence. Developed by NIFVS Coordination Team, the toolkit draws together the expertise of service providers from across the Northern Metropolitan Region.
The toolkit features video interviews with specialists from the Northern Metropolitan Region as well as a self-reflection tool.
- engaging in anti-racist, human rights-based practice
- understanding structural and systemic barriers to help-seeking
- understanding the impact of trauma
- working with CALD children
Week Without Violence: unprecedented engagement
A record sixty events occurred during the Week Without Violence in the Northern Metropolitan Region this month. Schools, hospitals, neighbourhood houses, councils and community services held Clothesline Projects using t-shirt painting to engage women and their supporters in speaking out about family violence in our communities.
The Week Without Violence is a worldwide campaign that occurs in the third week of October, each year. The campaign aims to raise community awareness of family violence, encourage healing through art and strengthen local connections and relationships focused on the elimination of violence against women.
Support and Safety Hubs
Regional Integration Committees, supported by Regional Integration Coordinators, have been recognised by the Royal Commission as key drivers to “create common platforms to support the integration of the Support and Safety Hubs into the regional family violence systems”. To begin this process on a regional level, the NIFVS Coordination Team have consulted with Family Violence Services and Family Services intake points, and with the Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group. Further regional planning will occur on a regional level in 2017. Read more...
For further information about family violence reforms see the State Government Response to Royal Commission into Family Violence website.
Events and training
8 November: On the Shoulders of Giants - A Forum on Workforce Resilience (NIFVS)
10 November: International Panel Discussion: Financial Abuse & Women’s Economic Empowerment (WIRE)
11 November: Supporting your Client through Family Violence (Women’s Legal Service Victoria)
14, 15 & 21 November: Family violence hurts kids too (DVRCV)
15 November: Aboriginal Family Violence Forum (Ballerrt Boorndawan Beek)
15 November: Family Violence & Tenancy Workshop (Tenants Union of Victoria)
16 November: Identifying Family Violence: Responding to Women Training (NIFVS)
21 November: Technology Safety Summit Conference - technology and violence against women (Wesnet) Sydney
23-24 November: The Kids ‘R’ Central Toolkit (Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU, Bright Futures, moss)
1 December: Improving Cultural Understanding and Engagement with People from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (1800 Respect)
Overcoming Barriers is an online toolkit, developed by NIFVS, that aims to enhance workers' response to CALD women and children who have experienced family violence.
Family violence in the media
- Australia could learn a lot if it actually listened to Indigenous women on domestic violence. (The Age, 5/10/16)
- 10 [indigenous] women we need to listen to about domestic violence (SBS News, 07/10/16)
- Gender inequality is a problem, say 69% of young Australian women (The Guardian, 11/10/16)
- Daniel Andrews still waiting for PM's answer on his family violence leave plans (The Age, 18/10/16)
- Areas with more poker machines have higher rates of domestic violence, study finds (News Online, 21/10/16)
- How Disney Dad’s are making life hell for their partners (The Sydney Morning Herald, 23/10/16)
- Time to Talk about Financial Abuse (The Age, 23/10/16)
- Does CCTV footage help or hinder the reduction of violence against women? (The Conversation, 24/10/16)