March 2018 edition: The Future of Women’s Refuges


Contents for March 2018 edition

 

Editorial

Jenny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons

 

FEATURE: The Future of Women’s Refuges

 

Introduction

Alison Macdonald, Policy and Program Manager, DV Vic and Jacqui Theobald, Lecturer in Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University Bendigo

 

 

Chapter 1: Context

 

The Way Forward in Responding to Domestic and Family Violence

Sue Clifford APM, Chief Executive Officer of Family Safety Victoria and former Commander of the Priority Communities Division at Victoria Police

 

New National Statistical Report Sheds Light on Family Violence

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

 

Profiling Women and Children Experiencing Family Violence in Victoria who Require a Crisis Supported Response

Suellen Murray, RMIT University, Jane Bullen, RMIT University, Juliet Watson, RMIT University and Jacqui Theobald, La Trobe University

 

Women’s Refuges as Part of Feminism: A View from a Different Angle

Merrindahl Andrew, Program Manager, AWAVA

 

Turning Off the Tap: Can We Do It?

Sorcha Walshe, Stakeholder Engagement Officer and Dr Alice Clark, Executive Director, Shelter SA

 

Refuge and Discrimination: Helping Women’s Refuges to Comply with the Equal Opportunity Act 2010

Gina Squatrito, Senior Adviser, Research and Policy Branch, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

 

Women’s Refuge: A Personal Reflection

Wendy Austin, Wendy Austin Consulting

 

Celebrating 40 Years with Dignity

Angela Hartwig, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA)

 

 

Chapter 2: Meeting Need, Current Issues

 

 

(A) Infants and Children in Refuge

 

Infants in Refuge: The Ignored Crisis

Paula Westhead, Executive Officer and Emma Hodges, Family and Art Therapist, Emerge: Women and Children’s Support Network

 

Using an ‘Infant and child led’ Model of Practice to Facilitate Healing Within the Context of Women’s Refuges

Wendy Bunston PhD

 

 

(B) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Children

 

Meeting the Needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Children Who Experience Family Violence-related Homelessness

Janelle Young, Kellyanne Andy, and Joanne Doherty, Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service

 

 

(C) Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants

 

No Income, No visa, No Way Out: Improving pathways out of family violence for women on temporary visas

Ange O’Brien, Senior Project Officer, Family Safety Victoria

 

Developing New Models and Services: Supporting Women and Children Who Currently Do Not Have Residency in Australia

Kedy Kristal, Policy Officer, Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services, Western Australia

 

 

(D) Regional and Rural Issues

 

Moving Forward with Effective Hub and Spoke Domestic and Family Violence Services

Elizabeth Rowe, Centacare Catholic Family Services, South Australia

 

 

(E) The Role of Law

 

Home Safe: The Role for the Law, Economic Empowerment and Social Housing in Keeping Women and Children Housed

Sally Kenyon and Rachelle Driver, Justice Connect Homeless Law

 

 

Chapter 3: Developing New Models of Women’s Refuge

 

Core and Cluster Refuges: Victoria’s Approach and Opportunities

Marita Nyhuis, Principal Project Officer, Family Violence Policy and Programs, Family Safety Victoria

 

Technology and Safety: The Personal Safety Initiative

Leonie Burnham, Personal Safety Initiative State-wide Coordinator, DV Vic

 

It’s Nothing You Did or Didn’t Do: New models of refuge for women and children escaping violence

Julie Oberin, Chief Executive Officer, Annie North Inc. Women’s Refuge and Domestic Violence Service

 

Experiences From a Purpose-Built Cluster Refuge

Georgia Tzelepis, Coordinator of SWISS and Georgia Symmons, Communications Manager, WAYSS

 

Developing a ‘Wraparound’ Model for Client Services at Safe Futures Foundation

Ellen Matusko, Chief Executive Officer, Safe Futures Foundation

 

Putting Children at the Core of the Core and Cluster Model

Annette Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer, safe steps Family Violence Centre, with Meghan Hopper and Lucie Burns-Warr

 

Beryl Women Inc: Understanding the Challenges Facing Australia’s Longest Running Women’s Refuge

Lavanya Kala, Board Director, Beryl Women Inc

 

 

Chapter 4: The Future of Women’s Refuges

 

The Future of Women’s Refuges: A Vision for the Future, A Voice From the Future

Tillie Prowse, Chief Executive Officer, Patricia Giles Centre

 

From Loneliness to Inclusion: The Ongoing Challenge at McAuley

Jocelyn Bignold, Chief Executive Officer, McAuley Community Services for Women and Dr Anita Morris, Board Member, McAuley Community Services for Women

 

Research in Progress — Encountering Interspecies Homelessness: Developing an Evidence Base of Social Work with Women at Risk of, or Experiencing Homelessness with a Companion Animal

Melissa Laing, PhD candidate RMIT University

 

Opinions

Alison Birchall

Policy Advisor, DV Vic

Jocelyn Bignold

Chief Executive Officer, McAuley Community Services for Women