16 days of activism to end violence against women
Director, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research
For Australian women domestic, family and sexual violence are the most pervasive human rights violations. Every week at least one Australian woman is killed by a current or former intimate male partner; every day thousands of women suffer physical and/or psychological trauma and lives diminished by sexually, physically and psychologically abusive men. Australia now has a comprehensive national plan for a future free from male violence against women. Its success depends on us all taking action. The international campaign, 16 days of activism to end violence against women, runs from 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, through to 10 December, UN Human Rights Day. Following are statements about violence against women and campaigns to end it from 16 prominent Australians with relevant roles and commitment to ending violence against women. See statements.
December CDFVRe@der Out Now!
This edition includes:
- Male peer support and violence against women
- Project 18 – the engagement of father figures in child protection work
- Amendments to domestic violence legislation and CDFVR’s mobile app
Pictured above: Jo Gamas-Pearce, Heather Nancarrow, Steve Lock and Collin Smith at the Project 18 forum (story page 12)
Debbie Kilroy in conversation with Kim Pate
Debbie Kilroy, CEO Sisters Inside in conversation with Kim Pate, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Society, and part-time law lecturer Ottawa Law School, Canada.
Downloadable versions of this video and many other seminar videos are available here.
New resources now available
A suite of new CDFVR resources to support professionals assisting clients with applications under the family violence provisions in the Migration Regulations 1994 was launched in Brisbane on 21st August. There are three resources available: 1) a brochure that maps the role of domestic violence support workers in supporting clients and their Migration Agents, through the legal process, which includes practice tips and defines key concepts; 2) an A3 poster version of the resource for domestic violence support workers; and 3) an A3 poster of the legal process for Migration Agents.
Hard copies of the brochure are available for order, online, for services in Queensland. Print ready versions of the suite of resources are available for download.
The resources are supporting the rollout of training delivered by the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS) for domestic violence support workers across the state. CDFVR would like to thank staff of RAILS, the Immigrant Women’s Support Service, Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service and Ipswich Women’s Centre against Domestic Violence for assistance in the development of the resources.
Male peer support & violence against women
Since 1988, Dr. Walter DeKeseredy has consistently found that male peer support is one of the most powerful determinants of woman abuse in intimate relationships. His presentation; Male peer support & violence against women, reviews empirical and theoretical work on how all-male peer groups perpetuate and legitimate woman abuse; and suggests policies, based on 25 years of research.
9th Annual Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum – Olgeta yarn up
The forum report and presenters' slides from the 2013 Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum are now available here.
Revised data collection summary January-March 2013
The latest quarterly data collection summary is now available.
Revised data collection
Over the past 18 months The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research has been working with its Data Advisory Group to revise the domestic and family violence database, maintained by CDFVR, to support state-wide domestic and family violence policy and program development. Non-government organisations in Queensland that provide services to women and men who are either using or experiencing domestic and family violence in a current or past relationship were invited to take part in the new data collection. Twenty seven services collected the first round of data from three client groups – victim, perpetrator and child exposed to violence - from November 1-14, 2012. Data were collected for all new and continuing clients who accessed the service during that time.
The data will continue to be collected over two two-week periods a year and will provide a profile of clients and their support needs. To view the first revised data collection global summary click here.
On Wednesday 21st February, the Honourable Tracy Davis MP, Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, announced that the Queensland Government’s financial commitment to the National Centre of Excellence to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, will be delivered in-kind through the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (CDFVR). The National Centre of Excellence is an initiative under the Council of Australian Governments’ National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. The cost of establishing and operating the National Centre of Excellence is shared across the Commonwealth, state and territory governments. The value of Queensland’s in-kind contribution through CDFVR is $896,400 over three years.