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					Welcome to the Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse e-news: January 2010


UN launches Network of Men Leaders and announces trust fund recipients

To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, UN Secretary-
General Ban Ki-moon announced at the UN’s New York headquarters the launch of a Network of Men
Leaders, a major initiative of his UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. Each member of
the network — including current and former politicians, activists, and religious and community leaders
— has committed to support efforts to end violence against women.

At the same time, the Secretary-General announced the 2009 grantees of the UN Trust Fund in
Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women, managed by UNIFEM. In 2009, the UN
Trust Fund awarded nearly US$10.5 million to 13 projects and initiatives in 18 countries to support
governments, non-governmental organisations and UN Country Teams in enhancing the
implementation of laws and policies to protect women and girls from domestic violence, and
addressing pressing issues such as sexual abuse; sexual violence in conflict; the intersection of
violence against women and HIV & AIDS; female genital mutilation; and trafficking.

Iceland Tops Gender Equality List, Australia ranks 20

The World Economic Forum's "Global Gender Gap Report 2009 has ranked 134 countries to assess
their performance on gender equality. The report considered how each country has reduced gender
gaps in educational attainment, health and survival, economic participation and opportunity, and
political empowerment. Their measurements were independent of the nation's level of development
and focused on outcomes rather than on inputs. Iceland ranked first with Australia lagging behind at
twenty, although still ahead of the United States positioned at thirty one.

New Zealand to review victims’ rights in the criminal justice system

The New Zealand Ministry of Justice is undertaking a public review of victims’ rights in that country’s
criminal justice system. The proposals focus on three key areas identified by the Ministry of Justice:
     - Victims’ frustration because of a lack of readily available legal information
     - Victims’ distress at the bewildering nature of the criminal justice process
     - The need to strengthen accountability of the criminal justice system.
Submissions close on 31 March 2010. The document is available online at:

National survey explores community attitudes to violence against women

The findings of the 2009 ‘National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey’
were released on 25 November 2009. Over 10 000 people participated in the survey, including 2 500
members of the Italian, Greek, Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian communities, and 400 Indigenous
Australians. While the overall trend in community attitudes to violence against women is encouraging,
the survey findings indicate that certain myths about violence remain prevalent. According to the
survey, the strongest predictors for holding violence-supportive attitudes are being male and having
low levels of support for gender equity or equality. Conducted by the Victorian Health Promotion
Foundation (VicHealth), in partnership with the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Social
Research Centre, the survey establishes a benchmark against which changes in attitudes can be
monitored over time. It will be used to develop the Commonwealth Government’s primary prevention
social marketing campaign. The project summary report, full technical report and a fact sheet are
available at: http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/women/pubs/violence/nca_survey/Pages/default.aspx
South Australia reforms intervention order laws

On 10 September 2009, the Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) Bill 2009 was introduced to the
South Australian Parliament and passed on 1 December 2009. It reforms laws for the restraint of
domestic and personal violence for the purpose of making them easier to understand and enforce.
See the draft second reading of speech
9%20Report.pdf) and the new legislation. The new legislation comes into effect in 2010.

NSW Police launches a new Code of Practice and campaign to address domestic violence

At the end of November 2009, NSW Police Commissioner Scipione announced a new domestic
violence reporting campaign and newly developed Code of Practice for the NSW Police Force
Response to Domestic and Family Violence. The campaign, entitled ‘A life free of violence is a basic
human right’, encourages victims to report incidents of domestic violence to police. The Code
indicates how the NSW Police Force intends to work closely and transparently with other government
departments and non-government agencies, to better deal with the issue of domestic violence.


2009, ‘High Court set aside child custody’, The Bulletin, 5 December

Somes, T 2009, ‘Tis the season for family disputes’, Warwick Daily News, 9 December

2009, ‘Campaign to stop domestic violence’ Southern Courier, 6 December http://southern-

Michael, G 2009, ‘Domestic Violence Doco Premieres’ Sydney Star Observer, 4 December

NSW Police, 2009, ‘New Domestic and Family Violence Partnership launched – NSW Police and
Marrickville Legal Centre’ 4 December

Robinson, P 2009, ‘Rockhampton Domestic Violence Program Starts’ ABC News, 26 November



Dr Zoe Rathus wins prestigious law award

Zoe Rathus, from Griffith University and a long time domestic violence advocate, lawyer and
researcher has recently been awarded the Trav Lindenmayer Memorial Award for outstanding
practice in family law. The award, given by the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland,
recognises "integrity, intellect and industry" in the field. It is a great honour for Dr Rathus to win this
award, demonstrating her professionalism and many years of dedication to improving the experiences
victims of family violence who must negotiate the family law system.
Journalist wins human rights prize

Ruth Pollard, the Sydney Morning Herald’s investigations editor, has won the Australian Human
Rights Commission’s Print Media Award, for ‘Dying to be heard’. This was a series of investigative
articles into domestic violence homicide, including personal stories that called for a systemic change
of laws and police action.



Homelessness Research: Applications for funding now open

The Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous
Affairs (FaHCSIA) invites applications for National Homelessness Research Partnership Agreements
and National Homelessness Research Projects. The funding of $11.4 million allocated over the next
four years will contribute to research that addresses the priorities identified in the National
Homelessness Research Agenda 2009 - 2013. FaHCSIA will aim to achieve a balanced spread of
projects taking into account a range of factors including, but not limited to: the topic, population group,
location, size, cost and proposed duration of projects. Applications close at 2.00pm AEDT on
Wednesday 13 January 2010.
Phone: 1800 668 356 or email: Homelessness.research@fahcsia.gov.au

AIATSIS research grants 2010

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies research grants round, for
funding starting in July 2010, is now open for applications. The Program will fund research into a wide
range of areas in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, including politics, law, public policy,
health (social, cultural and environmental aspects) and education. Applicants are advised to contact
AIATSIS before submitting applications to ensure the eligibility of their topics and to receive
constructive feedback from Research staff: 02 6246 1144. Applications will close on 11 January
2010. Notification of outcomes June 2010. Applicants should refer to the Information for Research
Grant Applicants http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/research/grants/grants.html Email: grants@aiatsis.gov.au

Churchill Fellowship

These grants provide an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas to conduct research in their
chosen field that is not readily available in Australia. Applications close Friday 26 February 2010.

Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) - Funding for initiatives of benefit to Aboriginal people living in the
Northern Territory

FaHCSIA is offering funding for initiatives to benefit Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory.
Funding can be used to support initiatives promoting:
   - economic development
   - small business
   - land and sea management
   - community enhancement
   - education and leadership.
Applications close March 2010.



For a complete list of conferences and events related to domestic and family violence see

15-18 February, 2010, Indigenous Offenders: General, Family and Sexual Violence Risk Assessment
and Risk Management Workshop
Cairns, QLD

8-10 March, 2010, Conference on Crimes Against Women
Dallas, Texas

10 March 2010, Counting the cost - building capacity: fostering women’s financial security following
violent relationships
10 – 4.30pm
The Scientia Building, UNSW, Sydney

In this national forum, the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse will present
findings of its research project on violent relationships and pathways to women’s financial security.
Participants will hear about innovative responses by services and agencies to promoting women’s
financial independence and capacity following violence. Participants are invited to discuss and
develop further practical strategies in areas of social security, employment, immigration, child support,
accommodation, legal and health issues.
Further details to be announced shortly

17-20 March 2010, International Family Therapy Association’s 18th World Family Therapy Congress
Buenos Aires, Argentina



Catalano S, Smith E, Snyder H & Rand M, 2009 ‘Female Victims of Violence’, Bureau of Justice
Statistics Selected Findings, NCJ 228356, US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs,

This report focuses on nonfatal intimate partner violence, fatal interpersonal violence, rape and sexual
assault and stalking using data from the US Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimisation
Survey, 1993 to 2008, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ Uniform Crime Reporting Program
Supplementary Homicide Reports 1993 to 2007.

Day A, O'Leary P, Chung D & Justo D 2009, ‘Domestic Violence: Working with Men: Research,
Practice Experiences and Integrated Responses’, The Federation Press, Sydney
In this edited book, contributors discuss the development of programs and services to reduce the risk
of known perpetrators committing further acts of violence towards women. Contributors include those
working with victims of domestic violence, from within the criminal justice system and integrated
response programs.

Finkelhor D, Turner H, Ormrod R, Hamby S & Kracke K, 2009, ‘Children’s Exposure to Violence:A
Comprehensive National Survey’, US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention, United States

This report is the most comprehensive nationwide survey conducted in the United States to date of
the incidence and prevalence of children’s exposure to violence. The survey was conducted between
January and May 2008 and indicates that most children in the United States are exposed to violence
in their daily lives. Background information and the methodology, findings and implications are
provided. Details at:

Evans S, Krogh C & Carmody M 2009, ‘"Time to get cracking": The challenge of developing best
practice in Australian sexual assault prevention education’, Issues no. 11, Australian Institute of
Family Studies, Melbourne

In this paper, three of the authors of the ‘Framing Best Practice: National Standards for the Primary
Prevention of Sexual Assault Through Education’ (Carmody et al., 2009), discuss challenges that
programs are likely to face in the effort to formulate best practice in sexual assault prevention
education. Based on findings from interviews conducted with 32 prevention educators and program
writers, the authors identified the following challenges: the distinctiveness of the prevention education
role, conceptual underpinnings in programs, program development and evaluation, working in
schools, choosing a pedagogical approach to work with young people, and program adaptation for the
purposes of cultural relevance. Details at: http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/pubs/issue/i11.html

Flood M, Fergus L &Heenan M 2009, ‘Respectful Relationships Education Violence Prevention and
Respectful Relationships Education in Victorian Secondary Schools’, State of Victoria (Department of
Education and Early Childhood Development), Melbourne

This report aims to advance violence prevention efforts in schools in Victoria and around Australia.
Specifically, it maps the violence prevention, intervention and respectful relationships programs
currently running in Victorian government secondary schools, and identifies and explores best
practice in these programs.

Homel P 2009, ‘Improving crime prevention knowledge and practice’, Trends & Issues in Crime and
Criminal Justice no. 385, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra

This paper calls for the development of a comprehensive national framework for a technical support
program on crime prevention. The author argues this will help improve the active dissemination of
crime prevention knowledge, including research findings, evaluation and effective interventions; the
development of physical and online resources, toolkits and other materials to assist in improving the
skills and capacity of those engaged in crime prevention work; and a program of research and
evaluation work directed towards improving the evidence base for effective crime prevention

Office of Women’s Policy Department of Planning and Community Development, 2009, ‘A Right to
Respect: Victoria's Plan to Prevent Violence against Women 2010 – 2020’, Office of Women’s Policy
Department of Planning and Community Development, Melbourne

A Right to Respect reflects the Victorian Government's philosophy that all women have a right to live
free from violence. The Plan is a coordinated, long-term and whole-of-community framework for
action to change the culture in which violence occurs. It contains a comprehensive range of
strategies to promote non-violence, gender equity and respectful relationships throughout the
community – for example in homes, workplaces, sporting organisations and schools. Download
available at:

Patterson J 2009, ‘Together We Must End Violence against Women and Girls and HIV & AIDS’,
ActionAid, UNIFEM

This publication profiles ten organisations that are working on innovative strategies to address the
intertwined pandemics of violence against women and HIV/AIDS. It highlights key elements to
consider when implementing such strategies. They must: employ human rights- and gender-sensitive
approaches; empower marginalised sectors of society; promote community ownership; build the
capacity of civil society; encourage cross-sectoral integration; and facilitate linkages between
advocates and activists within the HIV & AIDS and VAWG movements.

Thiara RK & Gill AK 2009, ‘Violence Against Women in South Asian Communities:
Issues for Policy and Practice’, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London

In a context of limited information about gendered violence, ethnicity and South Asian communities,
this book provides critical reflections from leading researchers and practitioners on key theoretical and
empirical debates. They give consideration to how these reflections can inform policy, research and
practice. Contributors consider the implications of religion and culture for violence and its prevention,
as well as the multiple and intersecting forms of violence that women are exposed to. Future
directions are proposed for facilitating improved services for survivors.

Victoria Police, 2009, ‘Living Free from Violence - Upholding the Right - Victoria Police Strategy to
reduce Violence Against Women and Children 2009-2014’, Victoria Police, VIC

This five-year Strategy demonstrates a public commitment by Victoria Police, and a personal
commitment by the Chief Commissioner Simon Overland to improve the response to victims of family
violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The Strategy outlines key action areas and performance
measures and includes a plan for more effective response to perpetrators, as well as best practice
investigative techniques to improve outcomes at court for victims.
To order printed copies of the strategy, email: violenceagainstwomen@police.vic.gov.au

Presentations now available from Queensland family law and family violence forum

Presentations from the ‘Putting Safety First forum’, hosted by the Queensland Centre for Domestic
and Family Violence Research, 4 December 2009 are now available:



Are you living in a Respectful Relationship?

A new fact sheet about non-physical abuse has been produced by the Queensland Centre for
Domestic and Family Violence Research. Following research on domestic and family violence in the
Bowen Basin and Mackay regions of Central Queensland, this fact sheet is specifically designed for
distribution in this area. Details for Bowen Basin at:
Details of adapted version for Queensland:
Link to order forms and other factsheets:

‘Home is Where the Hurt Is’ - documentary released

The NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General funded ‘Home is Where the Hurt Is’- a joint
project of the Domestic and Family Violence Intervention Service, Macarthur Legal Centre and the
Campbelltown Domestic Violence Liaison Committee. The documentary features stories told by
survivors of their experience of physical and emotional domestic violence. ‘Home is Where the Hurt
Is’ premiered in Sydney as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.




‘An examination of whether coordinated community responses affect intimate partner violence’, Post
LA, Klevens J, Maxwell CD, Shelley GA & Ingram E, pp 75-93

‘Does it make any difference if she is a mother?’ Vatnar SKB & Bjorkly S, pp 94-110

REFORM 2009, Issue 94

‘Staying home, staying safe: The value of domestic violence protection order provisions in
homelessness strategies’, Wilcox K & McFerran L

TRAUMA, VIOLENCE AND ABUSE 2009, vol 10, Issue 4

‘When crises collide: how intimate partner violence and poverty intersect to shape women's mental
health and coping’, Goodman LA, Smyth KF, Borges A & Singer R pp 306-329

‘Intimate partner violence and barriers to mental health care for ethnically diverse populations of
women’, Rodriguez M, Valentine JM, Son JB & Muhammad M, pp 358-374

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 2009, vol 15, issue 12

‘A battered women’s movement perspective of coercive control’, Arnold G, pp 1432-1443

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 2010, vol 16, issue 1

‘"A fool to keep staying": battered women labeling themselves stupid as an expression of gendered
shame’, Enander V, pp 5-31

‘"But sometimes i think . . . they put themselves in the situation": exploring blame and responsibility in
interpersonal violence’, Thapar-Björkert S & Morgan KJ, pp 32-59

VIOLENCE AND VICTIMS, 2009, vol 24, no 6
‘Batterer intervention programs: a report from the field’, Price, BJ & Rosenbaum A, pp 757-770

‘Correlates for legal help-seeking: contextual factors for battered women in shelter’, Wright CV &
Johnson DM, pp. 771-785

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