Women’s Health In the North’s submission to the Gender Equality Strategy consultation

Women’s Health In the North (WHIN) produced a submission for the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy consultation. Submissions to the consultation for the Victoria’s first ever gender equality strategy closed on 18 March 2016. The consultation aimed to gather information about the key challenges posed by gender inequality and how to address them. Over 180 submissions…

Federal inquiry into elder abuse announced

The Australian Law Reform Commission will conduct an inquiry into laws and frameworks to safeguard older Australians from abuse. The announcement came on the back of this report https://aifs.gov.au/publications/elder-abuse by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) detailing the nature of elder abuse in Australia. Further details can be found in this media release. (Source: Office of…

Victorian Government announces $300,000 for new refuge register tool

The Victorian Government has announced grant funding of $300,000 for the Family Violence Resource Register project, a new online tool for Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre and refuge accommodation providers. Currently, family violence practitioners have no real time ability to identify available crisis accommodation and are instead forced to individually phone each one of…

Victorian Government announces $10 million family violence package

Last week, the Victorian Government announced almost $10 million to relieve the pressure on vital family violence services across the state. The funding, which will be released immediately, includes: $6 million for crisis accommodation, counselling, women’s health, behaviour change programs, services working with Aboriginal victim survivors, and to support consultation with government. $2 million over…