Influencing the ACT mental health system’s response to women

WCHM works closely with the three ACT mental health community sector peak bodies—the ACT Mental Health Consumer Network, the Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT and Carers ACT—to ensure inter-sectoral collaboration and co-ordination in the planning, provision and evaluation of women’s mental health services and programs.

The focus of this collaboration is on developing, improving and maintaining a full … Read more

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

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

ACT Women and Mental Health Working Group (WMHWG)

The ACT Women and Mental Health Working Group (WMHWG) has been meeting since August 2007 and was formed to provide a regular forum in which women living with mental health issues and supportive service providers could come together and consider current issues. The group also develops and implements strategies to influence positive change.

The WMHWG meets bi-monthly and has a … Read more

Women’s experiences of help-seeking for DV in the ACT (2016)

This research sought to explore women’s experiences of seeking help for domestic violence (DV) in the ACT.

Here is a video marking the launch of the report into the research findings:

Seventeen women participated in the research via in-depth interviews or a focus group discussion.

The results of this study add depth of understanding to women’s lived experience of seeking … Read more

Women and borderline personality disorder (BPD) in the ACT (2016)

This research investigated the experiences of women with lived experiences of being diagnosed or labelled with BPD in the ACT and the experiences of service providers who helped and supported them.  The findings of this report highlight several areas of future work that we hope will assist in helping the ACT Government, health service providers and the range of other … 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

Supporting Women With Disabilities ACT

WCHM auspiced and supported WWDACT over 7 years with the aim of assisting them to grow their membership and to build their capacity.

As of May 1st 2017. WWDACT began it’s next phase as an independent incorporated organisation in their own right. They are now located in Civic inside the offices of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT), and … Read more

Supporting the ACT Women and Prisons (WAP) Group

The ACT Women And Prisons Group (WAP) operated from 2005 with  the aim of highlighting the issues for women prisoners—a largely invisible group. As a not for profit community group their members included ex-prisoners and prisoners incarcerated or involved in the ACT criminal justice system, representatives of various ACT Women’s Services and other interested stakeholders.

WAP aimed to advocate with, … Read more

Transforming domestic violence support in the ACT (2015)

WCHM received an ACT Women’s Grant to undertake research into gaps in service provision for LGBTIQ people experiencing domestic violence in the ACT. While LGBTIQ people experience high rates of interpersonal violence, anecdotal reports suggest that domestic violence services are not always set up in ways that best support their needs. This project brought together ACT domestic violence service providers, … Read more