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Concurrent Sessions 1
"I can sleep better knowing that he isn't tracking me": Overview and impact of the Safe Connections Program
This session will provide an overview of the Safe Connections program, a model of multi-sector collaboration addressing the overlap of violence against women and technology, with a specific emphasis on phones. Safe Connections has two components: (1) the delivery of training about technology-facilitated abuse and safety to frontline workers, and (2) the provision of a new phone, pre-paid credit, and information on the safe use of technology to women. In this session, the findings of the evaluation of Safe Connections will be presented, with an emphasis on the experiences of survivors who received a phone and technology safety information as part of the program. The impact of the training on the practice of frontline workers who rolled out the Safe Connections program will also be outlined. Participants of this session will walk away with a better understanding of technology-facilitated abuse and the needs of survivors and workers in this area.
Domestic violence, contraception and pregnancy
The need for improved responses to reproductive coercion
Greater public attention on domestic violence has highlighted the huge numbers of women victimised by male violence in our community, and encouraged many service and systemic responses and interventions. However, this has also shown the pervasiveness of control and the need for a deeper understanding of the issues for our most vulnerable. This session examines: emerging local and international research and analysis in the understanding of reproductive coercion as a deliberate strategy of control; and the impact of homelessness on women’s wellbeing through their experiences of both survival sex and pregnancy. Katherine, Liz and Juliet will talk to the need for improved individual and systemic interventions, policy, and research, to best support women to be safe and live free from violence and control.
Young people and violence: A focus on both prevention and intervention
Young people can be harmed by violence in the home, they can be perpetrators and they also have the capacity for positive change —both in overcoming their own experiences of violence and in preventing harm to others. The experiences and voices of young people are at the core of this session. The ground-breaking PIPA Project: Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent Violence in the Home is exploring and reporting on the specific needs of young people who perpetrate violence in the home, including interventions that move beyond justice system, compliance-based models. In addition, peer educators from R4Respect will outline their work and ANROWS-funded research that examines the impact of peer-peer respectful relationships awareness and education. Exploring these projects, this session will highlight how both response and prevention efforts must be directly informed by the experiences of young people if we’re to make a meaningful difference for the next generation.
Elena Campbell Associate Director – Research, Advocacy and Policy Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University
Dr Karen Struthers Research Fellow at Griffith University
Andrew Taukolo Peer Educator YFS Ltd
Jennifer Uwinez Peer Educator YFS Ltd
Facilitated by Ed Mosby General Psychologist and owner of Wakai Waian Healing, ANROWS Board Director
Concurrent Sessions 2
Service provision in complex contexts
Enhancing the wellbeing and safety of women with complex trauma.
This session is focused on ‘complexity’ in women’s health, safety and service provision. The presenters will discuss their experiences as researchers, advocates, and practitioners supporting women with complex trauma. The session will explore the multiple meanings of ‘complex trauma’ and the implications for women’s wellbeing and safety from violence. Key themes will include the link between abuse, trauma, and revictimisation, working with women with high and chronic needs, and managing vicarious trauma and burnout. The outcomes of the session will include increased understanding of the traumatic impacts of abuse and violence on women’s health and safety, and current policy and practice challenges to collaborative responses to complex trauma.
Services meet the needs of women & their children
Best practice models for perpetrator interventions, and justice for women with disabilities
This session explores the outcomes of two ANROWS projects under the theme of ‘services meeting the needs of women and children’, with a focus on translating research findings into policy and practice. The first, Women, Disability and Violence discusses the outcomes of research to produce knowledge of the experiences of women with disability in terms of violence, particularly sexual assault and intimate partner violence, and the pathways and barriers to accessing support and justice responses to violence. Importantly this research was conducted in partnership with an organisation constituted and led by people with disability to ensure the validity, efficacy and potential for meaningful application of the findings. The presentation will describe the challenges faced in structuring the research and knowledge translation processes to effectively capture the insights and aspirations of the women interviewed for the project. The session will also provide insights from the innovative approach to knowledge translation and exchange in the PATRICIA Project. In addition this session will explore child protection and generic family services’ programs providing intervention with fathers who use domestic and family violence. There is little guidance for undertaking this work: practice is neither documented nor evidence-informed, a gap that the Invisible Practices project seeks to address.
Money, love and financial abuse
Opening the 'perpetrator black box.'
How can we address the devastating financial outcomes for victims/survivors of family violence? Cortis and Bullen (ANROWS 2015, 2016) recommend that we coordinate policy and service to develop targeted strategies to restore financial empowerment and strengthen the systems that support victims/survivors. This interactive panel focuses on the Victorian context, where pathways are being formed to bring this evidence into action. Speaking from lived experience, legal and research perspectives, the panel will first introduce the complex relations between women, money and love that set the scene for financial abuse, then open the ‘perpetrator black box’ to expose how women are re- victimized at the intersection of family law and consumer law. Findings from WIRE’s ‘Financial Teachable moments’ study will stress the importance of addressing the financial safety and timely and relevant ‘money conversations’ with victims/survivors, no matter which door they enter through and whichever stage of the family violence journeys they are at. The audience discussion aims to generate strategies and actions that can be taken in other Australian contexts.