Women with Disabilities Victoria court access survey

A Victorian Safety Audit has been established to assess the physical structure and operations of Victorian Magistrates’ Courts to ensure safety for people attending for family violence matters. Women with Disabilities Victoria are undertaking a survey to understand women’s experiences of disability access at the Magistrate’s Courts. This de-identified information will be provided to the…

Employment opportunities with Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service

Elizabeth Morgan House (EMH) is hiring a Finance and Operations Manager, a Western Outreach Worker, and Executive Communications Officer and a Crisis Accommodation Manger. EMH is an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation based in Melbourne and the peak body for Aboriginal women living in Victoria. Only women are able to apply for these positions and Aboriginal women are strongly encouraged to…

Coroner’s releases findings about Luke Batty’s death

The Coroner’s Report, released on 28 September 2015, included the finding that Luke’s father, Gregory Anderson caused Luke’s death. It outlines extensive recommendations to improve risk assessment and perpetrator accountability including that “the State of Victoria ensure all agencies operating within the integrated family violence service system are: a) clearly identified and their respective roles…

Victims of family violence a priority under new legal assistance agreement

The National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services, which commenced on 1 July 2015, has named maximising the availability of legal assistance to people experiencing, or at risk of, family violence as a key priority. The Agreement promotes more integrated support to people affected by family violence and can be viewed here. (Source: email communication…

National Roundtable—Responding to Violence against CALD Women and their Children

The first ever National Roundtable on responding to violence against Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women and their children was held on 7 August 2015. Over 85 participants attended, including ministers responsible for reducing violence against women and their children. Three CALD women spoke of their personal and professional experiences with domestic violence, forced marriage…

Women’s legal service survey: perpetrator cross-examinations in court

Women’s Legal Services Australia (WLSA) is conducting a survey about women’s experiences of family law court. Currently, there is no specific protection in family law preventing a perpetrator of family violence who is representing themselves without a lawyer from directly cross examining the victim/survivor at trial. This can re-traumatise the victim/survivor and has a lot…

Commonwealth announces $100 million Women’s Safety Package

Last month, the Commonwealth Government announced a $100 million package of measures to support women and children at high risk of experiencing family violence. The package will improve frontline support and services, leverage innovative technologies to keep women safe and provide education resources to help change community attitudes to violence and abuse. The package includes…