ONLINE PORTAL HELPS AUSTRALIANS IMPACTED BY IMAGE-BASED ABUSE
Media release |October 16 2017
From today, Australians who have had intimate images or videos shared without their consent will be able to access tangible support and advice through an online portal being piloted by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.
New research released by the eSafety Office reveals a significant number of Australians have experienced image-based abuse with statistics as high as 1 in 5 for women aged 18-45, and 1 in 4 for Indigenous Australians.
“This is a world-first government-led initiative, empowering Australians who experience this insidious form of abuse with practical information and a range of options to help resolve their situation and relieve their distress,” says eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant.
The research shows victims’ intimate images were most commonly shared without consent on popular social media sites. Facebook/Messenger accounted for 53%, followed by Snapchat at 11% and then Instagram at 4%. Text messaging and MMS were other common channels for distribution.
“Australians will be able to report intimate images or videos that have been shared without their consent directly through to our portal. We will work with social media providers, websites and search engines to help facilitate the removal of the image-based abuse,” says Ms Inman Grant.
While the research revealed that image-based abuse had severe impacts on victims’ mental health and physical wellbeing, only one in four took action to resolve the issue, with 22 per cent indicating they didn’t know what to do.
“Our portal now gives victims a place to seek assistance. Understanding that Australians reporting to us are likely to be in distress, the portal provides clear and concise information about the steps victims can take to reduce the impact of the abuse, in an easy and intuitive way,” says Ms Inman Grant.
“During this pilot phase we plan to work closely with victims of image-based abuse and stakeholders, to help us ascertain the volume and complexity of reports and to inform the final features of our portal which will formally launch in early 2018,” adds Ms Inman Grant.
For more information please visit: www.esafety.gov.au/imagebasedabuse
HARMONY ALLIANCE WILL AMPLIFY VOICES OF MIGRANT WOMEN
The Harmony Alliance will provide a new avenue for migrant and refugee women to present their views and policy solutions to the Australian Government.
Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, launched the Harmony Alliance on 11 October 2017.
Migrant women in Australia face a unique set of challenges. The Harmony Alliance will empower migrant women to directly influence the systems that impact on their safety, health and economic empowerment.
The Harmony Alliance is the sixth National Women’s Alliance and will be led by Migration Council Australia (MCA). The Commonwealth Government will provide $927,300 funding over three years.
For further details, please visit National Women's Alliances.
© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
For the original article visit: Office for Women
(Posted October 2017)
DOMESTIC & FAMILY VIOLENCE SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) has awarded twenty (20) scholarships to support students enrolling into the CQUniversity Domestic and Family Violence programs.
For further information about the scholarships and how you can apply please visit the CQUniversity website.
Opening Date: 11 September 2017
Closing Date: 12 January 2018
(Posted September 2017)
WOMEN'S HEALTH WEEK 4-8 SEPTEMBER!
Make women’s good health a priority during Jean Hailes’ national Women’s Health Week
Jean Hailes is a leader in women’s health, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all women in Australia throughout their lives. Whether at home, at study, in the workplace or the community, it’s time for all women to make their own good health a priority.
Sign up at www.womenshealthweek.com.au to be part of the online event during which you will receive FREE podcasts,videos, recipes and practical articles on a range of key health topics.
(Posted August 2017)
> ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES is key to turn around the poor outcomes for the bush
Media Release 03 June 2017 -- National Rural Health Alliance
A long-term investment plan is needed to overcome the ongoing shortfall in access to mental health services in rural and remote Australia, David Butt, CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance, said today.
People living in remote and very remote communities in Australia access only a small portion of the mental health services available to their city cousins according to a new report from the Royal Flying Doctors Service Mental Health in Remote and Rural Communities. This is despite experiencing mental health disorders at the same rate as people in the cities.
The RFDS has examined the data it collects on aeromedical retrievals for emergency mental health care to determine the barriers to better mental health in the bush and how these can be overcome.
In responding to the findings, David Butt noted that “Sadly, this is not new, but rather a further confirmation of the divide between the city and the bush. While I recognise the progress that is being made by governments and service providers, we have to commit to finding ways to address these critical barriers to effective prevention, early intervention, diagnosis and management in the bush.
“Anyone can experience a mental health issue. Building strong, resilient families and communities, and improving access to help from professionals, will help more people on the pathway to recovery and to leading contributing lives.
“I congratulate the RFDS on this report and contributing to the growing voices calling for better access to mental health services in rural and remote communities” said Mr Butt. “The Alliance stands ready to work with the sector and governments to address the gaps and turn around the poor outcomes in the bush”.
> MAY IS DOMESTIC & FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH
Take up the 'Not Now, Not Ever' challenge to end domestic and family violence.
The Queensland Government’s Not Now, Not Ever campaign aims to raise community awareness and encourage community participation during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May.
We all have a role to play in ending domestic and family violence and Queenslanders are being encouraged to take up the Not Now, Not Ever challenge again in 2017.
Many community groups, sporting clubs, schools and workplaces are already making a difference across Queensland by taking up the Not Now, Not Ever challenge. See what people are doing in your region.
(Posted May 2017)
> GET HEALTHY - A FREE Queensland Government service.
The Get Healthy service is a free and confidential information and phone coaching service that provides information and support for you to make healthy lifestyle changes, including:
- healthy eating
- being physically active
- achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
The service offers:
- up to 10 free coaching calls with a personal health coach for up to 6 months
- information with practical tips on healthy eating and being physically active
- a coaching journal to write down your goals and actions
- access to a website with tools to help you track your progress.
Get Healthy is available to Queensland residents 18 years and over.
To find out more:
- call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
- visit www.gethealthyqld.com.au
(Posted March 2017)
> RELEASE OF NEW HUMAN RIGHTS TOOLKIT for women and girls with disability
Over two million women and girls with disability live in Australia – that’s approximately 20% of all women and girls. Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has worked hard to develop and publish a suite of resources focused on key human rights issues for women and girls with disability in Australia.
(Posted Dec 2016)
> People with disability locked out of housing
People with disability are being locked out of rental markets in all of Australia’s major cities, according to a new report.