Women's Health In the North
Going Forward: Strategies for Addressing Sexual and Reproductive Health in the North Forum, 5th July
WHIN is excited to launch Melbourne's northern metropolitan region sexual and reproductive health strategy, A Strategy for Going South in the North, on Tuesday, 5th July. The strategy is a product of three years of needs analysis and consultation work across the region beginning with the development of Going South in the North: A snapshot of the sexual and reproductive health status of women living in Melbourne's northern metropolitan region.
Deakin University researcher Melissa Graham will provide a keynote address on the interplay of the policy environment and social context on women's reproductive decision making. The forum will also serve as an opportunity to hear examples of best practice sexual and reproductive health work in a range of settings in Victoria and to reflect on the roles that organisations in the northern metropolitan region can play in collaboratively improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
When: Tuesday, 5th July, 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
Where: Darebin North East Community Hub
RSVP: via Eventbrite
Morning tea and lunch will be provided.
Media Release: Family Violence Services in Melbourne's North Welcome Government's Commitment
At their meeting yesterday, representatives from twenty-five organisations commended the funding measures, which include funding for more housing and crisis accommodation for women and children, increased counselling and support, prevention initiatives and a stronger justice system to hold perpetrators to account.
The Northern Integrated Family Violence Services Regional Integration Committee is a partnership of family violence and related services in Melbourne's Northern Metropolitan Region.
Women’s Health In the North’s CEO and committee chair Helen Riseborough said the funding package started to deliver on the Family Violence Royal Commission’s most urgent recommendations.
“It is the first step in the long-term process to address the needs of women and children and to change attitudes towards women,” Ms Riseborough said.
The committee met to review the Royal Commission’s final report and praised the Victorian Government’s commitment to implement the 227 recommendations in full.
Ms Riseborough commended the Andrews Government and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence the Hon. Fiona Richardson MP for their commitment to address the crisis of family violence.
“This leadership is essential to end family violence,” she said.
“The Royal Commission has recognised that prevention of violence against women is a long-term undertaking and that family violence will only stop when community norms and societal structures that perpetuate unequal relations between women and men are changed.
“The statewide network of women’s health services is an essential part of the picture in prevention.
“Women’s health services have been leading violence prevention and gender equity work for decades and it is essential that we build on the great work that has been achieved so far to dismantle harmful attitudes towards women, promote gender equality and encourage respectful relationships.”
You can download this media release for distribution here.
WHIN Acknowledges Traditional Owners
WHIN acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which we provide our services. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and express our hope for reconciliation, justice and the recognition of the ongoing living culture of all Aboriginal people.
Royal Commission into Family Violence Final Report Released
WHIN welcomes the release of the historic Royal Commission into Family Violence report. The report was delivered to Government House on Tuesday, 29th March, and tabled in parliament on Wednesday, 30th March.
Premier Daniel Andrews has promised to implement all of the 227 recommendations.
The recommendations include:
- Support and Safety Hubs in local communities throughout Victoria, to make it easier for victims to find help and gain access to a greater range of services
- new laws to ensure that privacy consideratins do not trump victims' safety - with a Central Information Point to funnel information about perpetrators to the Hubs
- an immediate funding boost to services that support victims and families, additional resources for Aboriginal community initiatives and a dedicated funding stream for preventing family violence and
- a 'blitz' to rehouse women and children forced to leave their homes, supported by expanded individual funding packages (Royal Commission into Family Violence Summary and Recommendations 2016, p15).
The report marks the beginning of a new era to address and prevent family violence. WHIN has commenced our review of the report and looks forward to working with our regional partners and state government to action the Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations.
Submission to the Victorian Gender Equity Strategy Consultation
WHIN made a submission to the Victorian Government’s Gender Equality Strategy consultation. WHIN congratulates the Victorian Government on their commitment to developing a Gender Equality Strategy. Once developed, the Strategy will provide a foundation for addressing the current state of gender inequality in Victoria and will send a clear message to the community about the importance of this issue.
Gender inequality permeates all aspects of women’s social, economic and civic lives, and prevents many women from living with dignity and free from gender–based fear and discrimination. As a women’s health service, WHIN works to address gender inequality and the determinants of women’s health, safety and wellbeing, recognising gender as an overarching social determinant of health and a critical factor influencing quality of life. WHIN’s submission identifies key principles for inclusion in the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy and provides case studies to illustrate the work currently being undertaken to address gender inequality in the northern metropolitan region of Melbourne.
For Love or Money DVD and Resource Notes
or Love or Money is a film that sets out to not only name and unpack 'financial abuse' as a form of violence against women but aims to open up dialogue about healthy financial relationships. The film supports the prevention of violence against women and promotes women's financial security.
The For Love or Money – educational resource about financial abuse provides information and activities about relationships, money and financial abuse to support the For Love or MoneyDVD.
They are both useful tools in creating a safe environment in which to identify and discuss financial abuse against women and is an important prevention of violence against women resource for workers, women and the broader community.
Both the DVD and accompanying resource aim to recognise and name financial abuse as a form of family violence. The For Love or Money resource assists services and workers to create a supportive environment for women to seek help and support, strengthen community action and understanding of financial abuse as a form of violence against women. The resource supports the prevention of violence against women and promotes women's financial security and capability.