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COVID-19 and Women’s Health West’s services

Women’s Health West is continuing to deliver essential services to women and children who experience family violence during the COVID-19 health emergency. We remain open and will continue to provide our family violence services. As well as this, we will continue to follow up referrals received from Victoria Police following incidents of family violence. 

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Black Lives Matter. Aboriginal Lives Matter.

Women’s Health West (WHW) stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and people of colour in Australia and across the world to end racism, racial inequity and injustice.

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Preventing Elder Abuse in the west

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is marked every year on 15 June to raise awareness of the mistreatment of older people brought about by ageism and inequality in our society. This year with the impact of COVID-19, there is increased urgency to bring light to this issue.

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Our Community Champions – the Seabreeze Quilters

Community Champions are the people, groups and organisations in our community who continue to champion the work we do. This edition we celebrate the Seabreeze Quilters.

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The Gendered Impact of a Pandemic

COVID-19 has vastly impacted the way we live our lives. Not only have we had to endure a health crisis, but we’ve also had to endure an economic and financial crisis. Loss of jobs, school shutdowns, and adopting practices such as social distancing to flatten the curve amid the COVID-19 outbreak, have placed a significant burden on women and marginalised communities. It’s during these times of crisis that we recognise the varying experiences of people of all genders, with women, the LGBTIQ community, First Nations people, people with a disability and other marginalised communities disproportionately affected.

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Family Violence and COVID-19

Family violence is a national emergency and even before the pandemic, our systems were failing Victim Survivors. Since government directed lockdowns took force in late March, we have recognised the greater risk this places on Victim Survivors who are required to self-isolate in unsafe homes along with perpetrators.

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