Hope is the belief that something you want will happen
Centre For Women's Safety and Wellbeing
by Admin CWSW
2M ago
It is so hard to feel hopeful when we ended 2023 with the news that a woman was killed by a man known to her in Broome on Christmas day. As always, words fall short when it comes to describing such a personal tragedy and what it says about us as a society. It is hard not to see it as a reflection of our continued failure to protect women and children from men’s fatal violence.   The only way to honour women and children who have been killed and the families left behind, the only way to truly support those continuing to live in fear, is to live right in hope and do the hard work of hop ..read more
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The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing’s 2022-2023 Annual Report
Centre For Women's Safety and Wellbeing
by Admin CWSW
2M ago
The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing hosted its 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 14 November. We are pleased to announce that at the AGM, Laurel Sellers (Yorgum) and Justine Colyer (Rise) were elected to the CWSW Board. A warm congratulations to you both! Thank you to Tanya Elson for being such a productive and dedicated member of the Board from 2021 to 2023. Thank you, too, to ongoing Board members Nicci Lambert (Allambee), Andrea Creado (Ishar), Kelda Oppermann (Zonta), Gloria Moyle (Goldfi ..read more
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Urgent call for National Cabinet focus on domestic and family violence deaths
Centre For Women's Safety and Wellbeing
by Admin CWSW
3M ago
Dear Prime Minister We are writing, as peak bodies, networks and organisations representing more than 200 specialist service providers and others working to end family and domestic violence across the country, to express our deep grief and outrage at the recent reports of the murders of women by their partners or former partners. Unofficially, we know that nearly 50 women have had their lives taken by violent perpetrators this year, but there is no official count for these deaths. The true number of people killed by partners and family members is likely to be much higher, as the deaths of pe ..read more
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WA Government announces much needed investment in family and domestic violence response, prevention and workforce development
Centre For Women's Safety and Wellbeing
by Admin CWSW
3M ago
The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing unreservedly welcomes the funds committed by the Western Australian Government to enhance our responses to and prevention of family and domestic violence in Western Australia. We are committed to continuing our work with the WA Government to build safe homes, safe communities and safe systems. The Western Australian community is more invested in ending family and domestic violence than ever before, this has been particularly evident through the attention given to family and domestic violence in the aftermath of recent family and domestic violence ho ..read more
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Call for reforms to the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA)
Centre For Women's Safety and Wellbeing
by Admin CWSW
3M ago
In August 2022, the WA Labor Government announced the broad acceptance of the recommendations from the Law Reform Commission’s (LRC) final report ‘Review of Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA)’. As we near the end of 2023 CWSW is extremely concerned about the timeliness of these reforms, particularly amongst recent media reporting of this work being delayed until 2025 and beyond. The importance and urgency of this reform particularly with regards to sexual harassment and family and domestic violence have never been clearer.  Western Australia remains the only jurisdiction with a “disadvantag ..read more
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Here we are almost at Referendum Day, 14 October 2023 – a defining historic moment for our nation.
Centre For Women's Safety and Wellbeing
by Admin CWSW
5M ago
Australians are being asked whether they are prepared to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by enshrining a Voice to parliament in our constitution. Powerful conversations between First Nations people led to the Uluru Statement from The Heart. Powerful conversations since have led us to this moment. One of the simplest things we can all do in the remaining days is talk with others and share facts about the Voice, so voters can make an informed decision. Can you help to spread key facts about the Voice by sharing this fact sheet? The post Here we are almost at Referendum Da ..read more
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Safe Housing for Victim-Survivors of Family and Domestic Violence Advocacy Group
Centre For Women's Safety and Wellbeing
by Admin CWSW
5M ago
Domestic and family violence is a form of everyday terrorism that leads to chronic fear which builds up over the long term and can lead to significant trauma and negative effects on health and wellbeing. The psychological and emotional control that result from fear are a key way in which domestic and family violence ‘works’: Keeping another person in a state of chronic fear does not require physical violence to be used all of the time, or at all. After separation, fear often continues. Recovery and restoration are long processes. Abuse often continues after separation and leads to continuing o ..read more
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Voice to Parliament – What you need to know
Centre For Women's Safety and Wellbeing
by Admin CWSW
5M ago
The question is: A Proposed Law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. Do you approve this proposed alteration? A First Nations Voice to Parliament protected by the Constitution is a key element of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and calls for reparations to be made as part of our reconciliation journey. Learn more about the Voice to Parliament and what you need to know here: The post Voice to Parliament ..read more
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The Journey to ending Family, Domestic & Sexual Violence – Conference 2023
Centre For Women's Safety and Wellbeing
by wacoss
5M ago
Date: 12 – 13 September 2023Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (AWST)Venue: Optus Stadium The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing and  Stopping Family Violence are hosting a conference exploring key research and policy work, interventions and new initiatives across primary prevention, early intervention, response and recovery, and how each plays an important role in ending family, domestic, and sexual violence. Conference themes include: embedding high quality, evidence-based services that are violence informed children and young persons needs and voices are c ..read more
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Shifting our focus from incidents of family and domestic violence to patterns of coercive and controlling behaviour
Centre For Women's Safety and Wellbeing
by Admin CWSW
5M ago
Coercive control is hard to identify and hard to prove because unlike many other abusive crimes, it is not linked to a specific incident, is often not witnessed, and it does not always involve physical or sexual violence.  Coercive control describes a pattern of behaviour that aims to isolate the victim – nearly always a woman and/or her children – from family, friends and support networks. Those who use coercive control may humiliate, manipulate and threaten their victims, and keep tabs on every aspect of their lives. The psychological and emotional control that result from fear are a ke ..read more
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