QUEENSLAND LAUNCHES FIRST FRAMEWORK TO PREVENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE
15 October 2019
Excerpt from Media Statement by Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, The Honourable Di Farmer
The Palaszczuk Government has listened to victims and survivors to create Queensland’s first ever Sexual Violence Prevention Framework.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland’s Framework to address Sexual Violence committed to a Queensland where everyone lives free of the fear, threat or experience of sexual violence.
“For the first time we have a framework which builds on our progress so far, brings together the evidence and advice of survivors with the expertise and experience of the people who are there to support them - and establishes an over-arching framework for all Government policy and programs addressing sexual violence,” she said.
“While community attitudes are changing thanks to social movements like #metoo and #timesup, and the committed advocacy of survivors and Governments, evidence shows experiences of sexual violence are widespread.
“One in five women over the age of 15 and one in 20 men have experienced sexual assault — which means we all know someone who’s been affected.”
For information on the new Framework, go to:
(Posted Oct 2019)
SEXUAL VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH SUPPORTS SURVIVORS
Media Release by The Honourable Di Farmer, Friday 27 September 2019
Queenslanders are being urged to take a stand against sexual violence and show their support for survivors ahead of next month’s Sexual Violence Awareness Month.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and Minister for Women Di Farmer marked the start of the month on the Gold Coast today (Friday 27 September) to coincide with the launch of Australia’s first Start by Believing campaign hosted by the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence.
“Start by Believing is a global campaign designed to change the way we respond to sexual assault, reminding us all that the most important thing we can say to someone who discloses sexual assault is I believe you,” Ms Farmer said. “One in five women over the age of fifteen, and one in twenty men have experienced sexual assault.
“If you are a woman with an intellectual disability, there is a ninety percent chance you’ve been assaulted. That means everybody knows someone who’s experienced sexual assault, whether you know it or not.”
Ms Farmer said while sexual violence statistics were shocking, it was believed many more assaults go unreported.
“This is what makes Sexual Violence Awareness Month so important as it provides a platform to raise awareness in our communities, schools and workplaces, and to show victims that help is available and they are not alone,” she said.
“We are fortunate in Queensland to have a strong, passionate sexual violence support sector, working together through the Queensland Sexual Assault Network, who have been active in promoting and coordinating Sexual Violence Awareness Month activities.
For the full media release: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/9/27/sexual-violence-awareness-month-supports-survivors
(Posted Sept 2019)
WOMEN'S HEALTH WEEK 2–6 September 2019
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(Posted Aug 2019)
QUEENSLAND SENIORS WEEK – 17-25 August
During 17-25 August 2019, Queensland Seniors Week will connect communities, providing opportunities for people to share and learn new experiences, discover services and support, and assist in reducing social isolation.
For some living in rural and remote areas, Seniors Week is the one time of year they get to catch up with current and long-lost friends.
So let’s come together Queensland!
Register and find events near you: www.qldseniorsweek.org.au/events
NAIDOC WEEK: 7-14 JULY
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
For information: https://www.naidoc.org.au/
(Posted June 2019)
MAY IS DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH
Each May, Queensland marks Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month (DFVP Month) to raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and to send a clear message that violence of this sort will not be tolerated.
The awareness raising events, projects or activities held during DFVP Month each year support the Queensland Government’s response to the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report.
Check out the calendar for events happening in May.
For more information.
Based on The State of Queensland 2018 (CC BY 4.0).
(Posted May 2019)
SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION ROUNDTABLE MEETS
Excerpt from Media release: 21 March 2019
Queensland’s new Sexual Violence Prevention Roundtable, which will help develop a new Sexual Violence Prevention Framework for Queensland, held its inaugural meeting yesterday (March 20).
Minister for Women Di Farmer said the Roundtable was bringing the issue of sexual violence out of the shadows and starting conversations across Queensland.
“The first meeting of the Roundtable has brought together an incredible wealth of experience and knowledge in one space to help us work together on addressing sexual violence in Queensland, and continue developing our Sexual Violence Prevention Framework,” she said. “To address sexual violence in Queensland, we need insight from a range of perspectives, from professional experience, academic backgrounds, and everyday Queenslanders so that we can identify the most pressing priority areas of need and determine evidence-based approaches to stopping sexual violence.
“Importantly, we want to be able to better support victims and survivors of sexual violence. No one should have to experience sexual violence, but when it happens, it’s important that we can support and care for victims and survivors to help them move past the experience when they’re ready.”
Ms Farmer said the next step would be to encourage Queenslanders to give their insight and share their experiences through a consultation process set to begin later this month.
“Expert advice is important, but if we are to really make progress we most need to hear from everyday Queenslanders who have seen or experienced sexual violence in their own lives,” she said. “Often it’s victims or relatives who can most clearly identify gaps in services or responses, because they’ve been there and experienced it.
“We will be visiting a number of regional centres in the coming weeks to hear directly from Queenslanders about what should be in our Sexual Violence Prevention Framework, and we’ll also have an online portal where you can make submissions without having to attend a forum. It’s important that we continue to have those important conversations, and bring the issue of sexual violence out into the open.”
Consultation forums will be held at:
Friday 29 March - Gold Coast
Friday 5 April - Townsville
Tuesday 9 April - Mount Isa
Thursday 11 April - Rockhampton
Thursday 18 April - Brisbane
Consultation will open on Monday March 25. Online submissions can be made from that date at www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au, or for young people aged 12-25 go to https://e-hub.engagementhub.com.au/ (external site).
For more information about support for people affected by sexual assault or abuse go to www.qld.gov.au/community/getting-support-health-social-issue/sexual-abuse-assault
The full Media Release is available here.
(Posted Mar 2019)
QUEENSLAND WOMEN'S WEEK! 2-10 MARCH 2019
Queensland Women's Week celebrations will be held from 2 to 10 March with the theme:
Invest in women. Invest in the future.
The theme recognises that improving women's and girls' financial literacy and capability improves their economic security, which has benefits for the whole community.
An online calendar is now live for you to view a full list of events.
To find out more, including tips on managing your money and escaping the debt cycle, visit the Women’s Week website.
(Posted Feb 2019)
QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT TACKLES DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE IN LGBTIQ COMMUNITIES
Extract from Media Release: 6 December, 2018
The Queensland Government’s efforts to tackle domestic and family violence across all sectors of society were bolstered today with the launch of a new campaign targeting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer LGBTIQ community.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said the campaign would help raise awareness of domestic and family violence within the LGBTIQ community and deliver advice and information on where to go for support.
“We know that domestic and family violence doesn’t discriminate; it can happen to anyone,” she said.
“There’s never been a better time to broaden the conversation and with this campaign we take another step forward in the fight against domestic and family violence.
“Research shows that LGBTIQ people suffer domestic and family violence at the same rates, or perhaps even higher, than the broader community.
“Research also shows they can experience unique forms of abuse and may be reluctant to seek help.”
The campaign, which meets recommendation 14 of the Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland report, will deliver information and advice on the types of abuse that are unique to the LGBTIQ community, and dispel some of the common misconceptions about support options.
For more information about the LGBTIQ campaign visit www.qld.gov.au/LGBTIQendDFV
(Posted Jan 2019)
NEW APP SUPPORTS WOMEN WITH DISABILITY WHO EXPERIENCE VIOLENCE
Extract from WWDA Media Release: 27 November 2018
Women with disability will have improved access to violence information and support with the launch of a ground-breaking smartphone app today.
Sunny is a new app developed by 1800RESPECT, Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and an expert advisory group of women with disability. Sunny helps women with disability learn about violence, learn about rights, and contact 1800RESPECT for support.
The app was jointly launched today in Canberra by Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services, the Hon Sarah Henderson MP, and Assistant Minister for Children and Families the Hon Michelle Landry MP.
Sunny uses easy to read language to explain different forms of violence, including sexual and reproductive health violence, physical, psychological, financial, and restraint violence.
For the full Media Release and link to the free Sunny App: http://wwda.org.au/media-release-sunny/
(Posted Nov 2018)
OCTOBER IS SEXUAL VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
For information about sexual violence, including a list of organisations that provide free counselling and support services, plus a calendar of events happening around the State in October, visit Sexual Violence Awareness Month.
(Posted Sept 2018)
WOMEN'S HEALTH WEEK 3-7 SEPTEMBER 2018!
'Turn up the volume on women’s health' during Jean Hailes’ National Women’s Health Week
Women's Health Week is kicking off all around the country. Check out the events page to see what's happening near you. Encourage your friends and family to sign up so they don't miss the online action.
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 health topics.
(Posted August 2018)
BREASTFEEDING – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Discrimination because of breastfeeding is against the law.
You are allowed to breastfeed in public places, such as shopping centres, restaurants, hotels, and public transport. The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland has a new downloadable factsheet with full details.
(Posted July 2018)
INVITATION: WIYI YANI U THANGANI (WOMEN'S VOICES) GATHERINGS
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO, warmly invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls to come together as part of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls have many strengths and play a central role in bringing about positive social change for our families and communities.
Commissioner Oscar and her team have been speaking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women (18+) and girls (aged 12-17) through a series of community gatherings across the country, to hear directly about their needs, aspirations and ideas for change.
Submissions are open until 30 November 2018, community consultations will finish in mid-December, and the report will be delivered to the Federal government in June 2019.
More information: Please see the website for further information about Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices).
(Updated Nov 2018)