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Coordination team news
On the Shoulders of Giants – Workforce Resilience Forum
On Tuesday 8 November, over 60 participants explored strategies to enhance workforce resilience in a forum co-hosted by Northern Integrated Family Violence Services and the Northern Indigenous Family Violence Action Group. After hearing about the impact of trauma from psychologist Shawn Goldberg and strategies to build a resilient workforce from a panel, participants discussed workforce resilience solutions.
The Royal Commission into Family Violence acknowledged the issues of workplace stress and vicarious trauma facing the family violence sector.
Click here for a summary of the forum and resources from the day.
Events and training
1 December: Improving Cultural Understanding and Engagement with people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities webinar (1800 Respect)
7 December: Star Weave Jam with Women’s Health In the North (Victorians Against Violence event)
8 December: We need to talk about violence against women webinar (Integrated Family Violence Partnership Southern Melbourne)
14 December: Intro to Women's Relationship with Money (WIRE)
Webinar: Technology facilitated abuse – understanding the issues and how frontline workers can improve the safety of women (1800 Respect)
Violence Against Women Fact Sheets (2015-2016): WHIN has released its annual Fact Sheets providing an overview of the most recent police data relating to violence against women, including family violence and sexual assault.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Toolkit: Developed by WHIN, this toolkit assists individuals and organisations to participate in the 16 Days Campaign in the Northern Metropolitan Region.
Identifying and Responding to Family Violence: Managers’ Training Package: This package aims to support professional family violence trainers with the delivery of the training to managers of health and community services. It has been developed as part of a Primary Care Partnership Project across the north and west metropolitan regions.
New Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) website: This website allows victims of crime to easily access and submit VOCAT’s application forms. It can be used by people with disabilities, such as visual or physical impairments and contains information in languages other than English.
Speak Up and Be Safe: This website hosts a communication toolkit and resources for people with communication difficulties to assist individuals to identify and report abuse. The site has been launched by Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre.
National burden of disease study: Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) has released a burden of disease report examining the impact of intimate partner violence against women in 2011.
Domestic violence and women's economic security report: ANROWS has released a new Horizons report and accompanying Compass paper investigating women's economic security in the context of domestic violence.
Family violence infographic poster: Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria has updated its infographic poster presenting the latest statistics on family violence in Victoria and Australia.
Family violence in the media
- Family violence: Victorian Government releases 10-year plan (ABC online, 24/11/16)
- Old public housing to be bulldozed for new homes for family violence victims (The Age, 23/11/16)
- Freedom for woman who killed abusive partner (The Age, 25/11/16)
- Family violence experts to join mental health services and public service (The Age, 20/11/16)
- Understanding laws key to helping families in Muslim community (ABC Online, 16/11/16)
- Women in prison: histories of trauma and abuse highlight the need for specialised care (The Conversation, 15/11/16)
- Paid family violence leave heads to court (Mercury, 14/11/16)
- Community builds playground for children in domestic violence (ABC Online, 10/11/16)
- Can private security companies improve responses to victims of family violence? (The Conversation, 8/11/16)
- Video evidence allows Canberra victims to only re-live assault once (ABC Online, 5/11/16)
- ‘It’s really concerning’: scores of domestic violence offenders get their guns back (The Age, 8/11/16)