Summer of Respect

Summer of Respect is a summer-long anti-sexual violence campaign, designed and run by WCHM and the Canberra Rape Crises Centre. The campaign begins in late October and continues until International Women’s Day on March 8. Summer of Respect is an opportunity—unique to and within the ACT—to deliver innovative anti-sexual violence initiatives sustained over five months of the year.

The overall … Read more

ACT housing policy consortium

WCHM regularly monitors the results of changes to policy and funding for housing/homelessness crisis services and their impact on women, and works with ACT women and service providers to consider how to capture data and identify evidence of the issues for and impacts on women in relation to their housing needs.

Part of this role includes participating in a housing … Read more

Women’s Safety Assessments

A women’s safety assessment is a process that involves women walking through a physical environment, evaluating how safe it feels, identifying ways to make the space safer, and using that feedback to highlight the need for those changes. It may involve assessment of a site before an event or self-assessment by attendees during an event, or the assessment of public … Read more

LGBTIQ FDV resource development (2016)

LGBTIQ FDV resource development

In September 2015 WCHM released a report entitled Transforming domestic violence support in the ACT: improving accessibility for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) clients. We aimed to address some of the recommendations from this report by producing resources aimed at increasing awareness and understanding in the ACT about family and domestic violence … Read more

Summer of Respect presents ‘The Hunting Ground’ public screening and panel discussion (2016)

WCHM and the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre, as part of the Summer of Respect campaign 2015/2016, presented a screening of The Hunting Ground followed by a panel discussion of local experts.

The Hunting Ground (103mins, 2015, USA)

THE HUNTING GROUND is a critically acclaimed feature documentary that chronicles the personal stories of students who have been sexually assaulted on American … Read more

Interactive digital mapping project (2016)

To provide equal access to public resources and spaces, urban design and policy needs to incorporate the needs of men and women equally—including considering the perceptions of safety that impact on women’s and men’s use of public spaces. WCHM received funding from the ACT Women’s Grants to undertake a project that aimed to create a digital mapping tool which will … Read more

Clearing the way for access to reproductive health services in the ACT (2015)

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On Thursday 29 October 2015 members of the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the Health (Patient Privacy) Amendment Bill 2015. This means that the ACT now has protected areas around termination of pregnancy services to ensure safe and private access for women and their support people. This sends the strong message that our elected representatives value Read more

Cyber safety resource for older women in the ACT (2015)

WCHM received an ACT Government Participation (Senior’s) Grant to develop a resource to address the need for accessible and specific information on cyber safety for older women in the ACT (55+). Much of the available information about cyber safety is targeted at young people, which means that older women lack knowledge about cyber safety and are not fully aware of … Read more

Women’s Health Matters (2015)

In 2015 the Centre re-launched Women’s Health Matters (replacing The Women’s Health Hub). Women’s Health Matters continues to be a central portal that provides links to already-existing, credible and trustworthy information about health and wellbeing online, as well as services in the ACT. It also now contains a blog feature where women from the ACT and surrounding areas have written … Read more

Living with endometriosis information session (2014)

WCHM supported the Canberra Endometriosis Network by hosting an information night exploring the impacts of living with the illness endometriosis on Tuesday 26 August 2014. Attendees heard from endometriosis researcher Maryam Moradi, Dr Omar Adham and Melissa Parker from the Canberra Endometriosis Centre, and Katie Williams, member of the Canberra Endometriosis Network. These speakers addressed the questions: What are the … Read more