March 2018 edition: The Future of Women’s Refuges

Contents for March 2018 edition

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Jenny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons


FEATURE: The Future of Women’s Refuges



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



Alison Birchall

Policy Advisor, DV Vic

Jocelyn Bignold

Chief Executive Officer, McAuley Community Services for Women