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WCHM was pleased to hear that Carol Benda was named the ACT’s Woman Lawyer of the Year for her work in the community sector, particularly for helping vulnerable people access the justice system. This is a well deserved win. Carol has been a strong advocate for women’s issues, and WCHM has been lucky to have worked with Carol in her … Read more

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Resources for the 16 Days of Activism

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Findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey

The findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) have been released on 30 November. Overall, the survey found that Australians are less likely to hold attitudes that are supportive of violence against women now than in 2013 and 2009 and are more likely to support gender equality. Fewer people reported believe that domestic violence … Read more

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Launch of White Paper on Reproductive Coercion

On 25 November, Marie Stopes Australia launched it’s White Paper on the issues of reproductive coercion to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. WCHM heard that this was an emerging issue in the ACT in our research with young women about their sexual and reproductive health.  The report Hidden Forces: Shining a Light on Read more

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Launch of new service in the ACT to support victims of elder abuse

We know that elder abuse shares many similarities with domestic and family violence. Elder abuse is mistreatment of an older person that is committed by someone with whom the older person has a relationship of trust such as a partner, family member, friend or carer, and may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.… Read more

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Launch of Your Court, Your Safety: A Guide to Getting a Family Violence Order in the ACT

On 26th November the Canberra Women’s Legal Centre launched their Your Court, Your Safety: A Guide to Getting a Family Violence Order in the ACT as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. The Guide has been updated to reflect recent amendments to the Family Violence Act 2016 and to make the Guide clearer and more accessible … Read more

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Launch of Family Safety Hub’s first pilot

The Family Safety Hub’s first pilot has been launched – it aims to make it easier for women who are at risk of domestic and family violence or experiencing domestic and family violence during pregnancy to access free legal information. As a result of the pilot Calvary Public Hospital, the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children and the Gungahlin Child … Read more

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Changes to the Safer Families Grants Program allow easier access to grants of up to $2,000 for people who have experienced domestic and family violence

The ACT Government’s Safer Families Grants are a part of the government’s Safer Families package announced in 2016.  These grants are available to assist people who have experienced, or are experiencing, domestic and family violence to rebuild their lives, with a total of $409,000 in funding committed over four years in the 2018-19 budget. Previously the grant was linked to … Read more

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New WCHM report ‘Physical activity and healthy eating promotion to ACT women – A guide to getting it right’

WCHM has released it’s latest report which researched the factors that influence women’s ability to participate in healthy eating and physical activity, and to better understand how to improve the effectiveness of health promotion campaigns for ACT women.

This WCHM research explored with a range of ACT women their experiences of maintaining healthy eating and physical activity, and what impacted … Read more