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Information for Women

Domestic Violence Information – Australia

Domestic Violence and Rural Women

Women with Disabilities

Information for Women from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds

Sexual Abuse and Rape

Child Sexual Abuse

Child Abuse

Homelessness

Family Law Issues

General Services

Counselling Services for Women and Children

Law and Policy sites

Feminist sites

Government Department and Agencies

National Government departments and agencies

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Women’s Issues

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WESNET The Women's Services Network 

WESNET is Australia's peak women's organisation working to eliminate domestic and family violence, "Our vision is to ensure that all women and children can live free of domestic and family violence"
email: wesnet@wesnet.org.au
web: www.wesnet.org.au

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

CEDAW is the major human rights treaty for women and was ratified by Australia in 1983. To date, 169 States have become parties to CEDAW, making it one of the most widely ratified international human rights instruments. The Convention brings together in a single comprehensive human rights treaty, the provisions of previous United Nations instruments concerning discrimination on the basis of sex and extends them even further. OSW has responsibility for monitoring Australia's obligations under CEDAW, including preparation of Australia's report under the Convention (required every four years) and providing advice on new developments relating to CEDAW.

Progress with implementation of the Convention is monitored by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women primarily through considering the reports of state parties. Women in Australia - Australia's Combined Fourth and Fifth Reports on Implementing the United Nation's Convention Against the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women was released in 2003. see here - http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/

www.women.gov.au

constructed by the Commonwealth Office of the Status of Women (OSW) this website provides women of Australia with easy to find information about government services of specific relevance to women.

Australian Virtual Centre for Women and the Law (National Women's Justice Coalition)

The National Women's Justice Coalition advocates for changes to the law in Australia. The site provides the Virtual Centre for Women and the Law, which has a reading room of documents including some on domestic violence law reform, and lots of material on law reform campaigns. It also provides access to a range of electronic mailing lists, see  http://www.nwjc.org.au/avcwl/ and  http://www.nwjc.org.au/about.html

International Women's Development Agency

An Australian based non-government development organisation, run by women staff and unpaid workers, which undertakes projects in partnership with women from around the world to overcome poverty and gender oppression.

Women Shaping the Nation

In 2001 The Centenary of Federation was an opportunity for all Australians to reflect upon our achievements and to re-affirm our commitment for the future. In particular, it was an opportunity to honour women, often neglected in history books, who have shaped our nation. In an event entitled, ‘Women Shaping the Nation’, Centenary of Federation Victoria acknowledges those women, from all walks of life, who have been pioneers in their chosen fields and, or made a major contribution to our community.

Women’s information service (SA)

Ask Us:  free, confidential information service for all women http://www.wis.sa.gov.au/

Women's Infolink - Brisbane

phone 1800 177 577
Internet -
http://www.qldwoman.qld.gov.au/?id=3

Women's Information and Referral Centre - Canberra

Women Tasmania - Information and Referral Service - Hobart

Women's Information Service - Women's Policy Office - Perth

Women's Information and Referral Service - Sydney

Women's Information Centre - Alice Springs

NO WEBSITE AVAILABLE YET The Centre is located on the Ground Floor, Eurilpa House, Todd Mall, Alice Springs NT 0871. Postal: PO Box 721 Alice Springs NT 0871. Phone: (08) 8951 5880, (08) 8951 5884 FAX. Email wicalice.ths@nt.gov.au

Women's Information and Referral Centre - Cairns

NO WEBSITE AVAILABLE YET.
The Centre is located at 230 Mulgrave Road, Cairns QLD 4870. Postal: PO Box 86B Bungalow QLD 4870. Phone: (07) 4051 9366, (07) 4031 6750 FAX. Email: wirc@wirc.org.au

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Domestic Violence Information – Australia

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Children's  Supervised Contact Services

This Site provides a list of supervised contact/supervised changeover service providers in Australia and New Zealand.
http://www.accsa.org.au/services.html

Keep Safe  Stay Cool

A program empowering all young people to choose healthy relationships and to instigate social change by considering interpersonal violence as a violation of human rights
http://www.softcon.com.au/kssc/

Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse

A national resource on issues of domestic violence and family violence http://www.austdvclearinghouse.unsw.edu.au/ Have you seen our cartoon storybook Send Violence Packing? It is a visual portrayal of the Clearinghouse's research project, 'Staying Home/Leaving Violence', as drawn by Marta Ponti.

Partnerships Against Domestic Violence

This site provides information about the Partnerships Against Domestic Violence initiative, a joint Commonwealth, State and Territory government and community initiative. The site includes information detailing its priority themes, taskforce, the projects it funds, and its national evaluation. It also provides a list of state crisis services. http://www.padv.dpmc.gov.au/  Office of the Status of Women

WIRE: Women's Information and Referral Exchange (Victoria)

This Victorian Women's telephone service provides information sheets on domestic violence and sexual assault. http://www.wire.org.au/

Domestic Violence Resource Centre, Brisbane, Qld.

The Queensland service provides factsheets on domestic violence, and how it affects children, as well as information about their services. http://www.dvrc.org.au

The Women’s Refuge Group WA

Phone: 94207264 The Women’s Refuge Group is the peak representative organisation for the 35 women’s refuges in Western Australia. Provides basic information on what refuges offer, the consequences of domestic violence, etc. http://www.space.net.au/~wrgofwa/

Freedom from Fear Campaign Against Domestic Violence, Western Australia.

Materials from the Western Australian governments' community education campaign are online, including the handbook for perpetrators of violence ‘How to Deal with Domestic Violence: a self-help guide for men who want to change’ and some of their useful fact sheets that look at aspects of domestic violence. http://www.freedomfromfear.wa.gov.au/

DV Link (NSW)

Comprehensive info on new research reports and conference papers on domestic violence in NSW, statistics, services and brochures. The site is a partnership project between the Women's Domestic Violence Court Assistance Program and the Local courts in NSW. http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lc/dvlink.nsf/pages/index

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS)

Part of Women’s Legal Services NSW, a state-wide community legal centre for women in NSW.  The DVAS operates a telephone advice line, provides legal representation in proceedings for Apprehended Violence Orders in a number of Sydney metropolitan courts, conducts community legal education and is actively involved in policy work and lobbying for law reform. The DVAS has been operating for the past sixteen years.

The DVAS is also the auspice body for the NSW Legal Aid Commission Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Program Training Resource Unit (WDVCAP TRU). This Unit brings the DVAS into contact with over 33 Local Court Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Schemes throughout NSW.

DVAS website: http://www.dvas.org.au/ for more information.

Heather Osland Home Page

This website provides information on the 'Release Heather Osland' campaign (Heather Osland was a victim of domestic violence who is now in prison in Victoria), legal issues and poetry. http://www.vicnet.net.au/~rhog/

"It's Not Love, It's Violence"

An information and resource kit about domestic violence produced by DVAS and the NSW Women’s Refuge and Resource Centre. http://www.dvas.org.au/index.php?fuseaction=home.publications&intpubid=16 

DV Milestones

The following information provides a summary of legislative reform, policy development and social change regarding domestic violence, plus the milestones that have occurred here in NSW and nationally.
http://www.dvas.org.au/public/aboutdv/milest.php

Good review of DV and articles available on line

http://www.aph.gov.au/library/intguide/SP/Dom_violence.htm

Refuge movement Access and Equity Manual

This manual has excellent policies and practices for making your service accessible to all.

The Domestic Violence & Incest Resource Centre (DVIRC)

Funded by the Department of Human Services Victoria, Australia. It is a statewide resource centre for information about domestic violence and sexual assault. http://www.dvirc.org.au/ For children see www.burstingthebubble.com and for other, see www.dvirc.org.au

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Domestic Violence and Rural Women

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Is Domestic Violence Too Close to Home? A kit for rural women

Published by the Office of the Status of Women, the kit provides information for women in rural areas about Domestic violence, including a check list, steps for safety, and information on the law and services in each state. This is available to order in hard copy form only, visit http://www.osw.dpmc.gov.au/publications/publications_list.htm

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Women with Disabilities

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Women with Disabilities provides extensive amount of information on Women with disabilities, including information on violence and women with disabilities. www.wwda.org.au

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Information for Women from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds

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Immigrant Women's Support Services have a number of pamphlets in a range of languages. Click here

Information in diverse languages

http://www.napcan.org.au/Information_Resources/diverse_languages/diverse_languages.html

DV and Sexual Assault Clearinghouse

http://www.austdvclearinghouse.unsw.edu.au/
You can search for material in community languages

Immigrant Women’s Speakou

www.speakout.org.au

Department. of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

www.immi.gov.au DVP form and information

Multicultural Health Communications

http://www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au/ Health information, including sexual abuse and Domestic Violence in various languages

Centrelink Multicultural Link

 www.centrelink.gov.au Information on Centrelink services in many languages

Ethnic Community Council of NSW

http://www.eccnsw.org.au/

Community Relations Commission

http://www.crc.nsw.gov.au/

WIRE, Women’s Information Victoria

http://www.wire.org.au/migrant-dv.html has links to information in various languages (not just applicable to Victoria)

Transcultural Mental Health Centre

http://www.tmhc.nsw.gov.au/translations/transinfo.htm Information on mental health in various languages

ADV resources, including FREE translated brochures on Domestic Violence

available from Office for the Status of Women; To obtain an Order form, contact RMSDAS on (02) 6202 5736 or E-Mail jamie.walker@rmsdas.com

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Sexual Abuse and Rape

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The Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA)

aims to improve access to current information and resources in order to assist those committed to working against sexual assault. ACSSA will help to support and develop strategies that aim to prevent, respond to, and ultimately reduce the incidence of this crime. http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/index.html

Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault

One of the first CASAs to develop a website, the Northern CASA site has information about the impact of sexual assault, legal options, their services, and some basic multilingual information. http://www.northern.casa.org.au/

South East Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA)

The South East Centre Against Sexual Assault has a very comprehensive website which is divided up into sections for workers, for survivors, children, friends and family. http://www.secasa.com.au/

CASA House (Centre Against Sexual Assault )

Provides basic information about sexual assault, as well as the services provided by the Centre Against Sexual Assault in Carlton, Victoria. http://www.casahouse.casa.org.au/

Broken Rites.

Based in Melbourne, this is a non-denominational support group for people who have been abused sexually, physically or emotionally in religious institutions. The website contains information about priests who have been charged with sexual abuse. http://brokenrites.alphalink.com.au/index.html

Men Against Sexual Assault (MASA)

MASA is a group of pro-feminist men who are committed to ending the sexism in society that leads to sexual assault. The site has a information about MASA, myths about sexual assault, and profeminist links on the web. http://www.borderlands.org.au/masa/

The Domestic Violence & Incest Resource Centre (DVIRC)

Funded by the Department of Human Services Victoria, Australia. It is a statewide resource centre for information about domestic violence and sexual assault.http://www.dvirc.org.au/ For children see www.burstingthebubble.com and for other, see www.dvirc.org.au

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Child Sexual Abuse

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Department of Human Services Victoria : Child abuse & child protection information

Includes info on reporting child abuse, and publications on child sexual abuse, such as:
'It Happened To Me - Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Speak Out'
'You and Your Child - For parents of children who have been sexually abused'
See the Community Care Division section of the site, under child protection or child abuse.
http://hnb.dhs.vic.gov.au/commcare/yafsinte.nsf/Frameset/Community+Care?OpenDocument

National Child Protection Clearinghouse

(Australian Institute of Family Studies) Provides online some of the research articles published by the Institute. http://www.aifs.org.au/nch/NCH_menu.html

The Domestic Violence & Incest Resource Centre (DVIRC)

 is funded by the Department of Human Services Victoria, Australia. It is a statewide resource centre for information about domestic violence and sexual assault. http://www.dvirc.org.au/ For children see www.burstingthebubble.com and for other, see www.dvirc.org.au

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Child Abuse

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National Child Protection Clearing House

 http://www.aifs.org.au/nch/nch_menu.html

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Homelessness 

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Council to Homeless Persons: Homelessness information sheets

This Victorian organisation provides fact sheets on homelessness, including one on homelessness and domestic violence, with lots of useful statistics. http://www.chp.org.au/

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Family Law issues

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Seeking safety, needing support : a report on support requirements for women experiencing domestic violence and accessing the Family Court
Tinning, Beth (2006)

Online at:
http://www.faess.jcu.edu.au/downloads/SeekingSafety.pdf
http://www.austdvclearinghouse.unsw.edu.au/RR_docs/seeking_safety.pdf

Abstract
This report presents the findings from April to December 2005 on the needs of women experiencing domestic violence when accessing the Family Court in Townsville, Queensland. Thirty-eight women who had participated in the qualitative study (interviews) gave permission for the information to be used in the report. This report and its companion, Dragonfly Whispers, bring the voices of the women telling of their experiences. Part 1 gives an overview of the current context of the Family Law reform values of responses to domestic violence and the methodology guiding this research. Part 2 provides the experiences of the participants and of local service providers and legal practitioners. Part 3 contains the summary of findings, recommendations and suggested models for service provision. The narratives of 38 women are grouped into themes. Some of the themes from the needs analysis include: actions of some men indicate the Family Court is used as an institutional form of violence and another tool of abuse; perception of equity of outcomes where many of the women described in detail how fear contributed to agreements that they might have resisted otherwise, with most of the women accepted less than their legal entitlements with regard to property settlements against the advice of legal representatives; the major concern for many women was about the children and the negotiation of the safest outcomes for children; fear of naming domestic violence in situations where child protection and domestic violence intersect and where concerns were expressed that child safety would be perceived to be fabricated in order to gain advantage in the Family Court; others expressed fear that if they named the violence then they would be accused of fabrication; all of the women that identified violence prior to separation stated that the abuse continued after separation with 18 of the 28 women stated that the violence had escalated after separation; women from non-dominant cultural backgrounds, women with (dis)abilities and women from remote areas are particularly disadvantaged; and the experiences of women who are victims of domestic violence are qualitatively different such as the physical and emotional effects of fear and trauma experienced by victims of domestic violence. Recommendations on the development of a programme of support for women experiencing domestic violence when accessing the Family Court in Townsville, Queensland are made. Five models of support are outlined including their advantages and disadvantages.

 

Dragonfly whispers : the experience of women who have lived with domestic violence and their journey through the Family Court
Tinning, Beth -- Sera's Women's Shelter; North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service; North Queensland Combined Women's Services (2006)

Online at:
http://www.austdvclearinghouse.unsw.edu.au/RR_docs/Dragonfly_Whispers.pdf

Abstract
This journal is the companion to the Project report, Seeking Safety, Needing Support, which presents the voices of the women telling their experiences of domestic violence and their journey through the Family Court. This gives 10 personal stories from some of the women or narrative snapshots of their lives from interviews held in North Queensland in 2005. Referral details and contact lists for Australia-wide services and also for each Australian state and territory are provided at the end.

 

You can order bound copies of Dragonfly Whispers & the Seeking Safety, Needing Support Report from Sera's Women's Shelter in Townsville, phone 07 4721 1799.

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Positive Shared Parenting Alliance

(http://www.positivesharedparenting.org/mt/index.shtml)
Addresses claims made in support of a presumption of joint custody, on issues like single-parent families, child support, parenting practices, domestic violence and family law. The site contains articles and essays, research reports, links to other sites, media items, news of events and more.

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General Services

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Relationships Australia.

Provides general advice about relationships, with some information about domestic violence, and lists of Relationships Counselling services in Australia. http://www.relationships.com.au

Centrelink

is a government agency delivering a range of Commonwealth services to the Australian community. http://www.centrelink.gov.au/ 

Centrelink Multicultural Link

www.centrelink.gov.au Information on Centrelink services in many languages

World Health Organisation

 http://www.who.int/gender/violence/en/  information on DV in various countries

HREOC -Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission

www.humanrights.gov.au

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Counselling Services for Parents and Children

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http://www.iwss.org.au/kids/index.html

http://www.aifs.gov.au/nch/nch_menu.html

Australian Childhood Foundation

 http://www.childhood.org.au/ -

From http://www.dvas.org.au/public/pubs/links.php

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Law and policy sites

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National

Alternative Law Journal
www.altlj.org

Australian Law Reform Commission
www.alrc.gov.au

Australian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)
www.austlii.edu.au

Intellectual Disability Rights Service
www.idrs.org.au

Law Council of Australia
www.lawcouncil.asn.au

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Feminist sites

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The following feminist sites include sections/articles/information on domestic violence.

National Women’s Justice Coalition (NWJC)

www.nwjc.org.au

Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL) Australia Inc

www.wel.org.au

Coalition for a Feminist Agenda

www.feministagenda.org.au   a coalition of feminist women committed to working with like-minded others to create a new and fairer global agenda, with Women's voices at its centre. We believe that a feminist analysis is essential to developing an agenda which can deliver justice and human rights for all.

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Government departments and agencies

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Australian Capital Territory

www.act.gov.au

Queensland

www.qld.gov.au

Northern Territory

www.nt.gov.au

Tasmania

www.tas.gov.au

Victoria

www.vic.gov.au

Western Australia

www.wa.gov.au

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National Government departments and agencies

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Commonwealth Australian Bureau of Statistics

www.abs.gov.au

Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

www.hreoc.gov.au

Australian Institute of Criminology

www.aic.gov.au

Australian Institute of Family Studies

www.aifs.org.au

Centrelink

www.centrelink.gov.au

Department of Family and Community Services

www.facs.gov.au

Department of Immigration

www.immi.gov.au

Family Court of Australia

www.familycourt.gov.au

Department of Transport and Regional Services (Regional and Rural Women’s Unit)

www.dotrs.gov.au

National Child Protection Clearinghouse

www.aifs.org.au/nch/

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