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Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor

Women Health West responded to the call for submissions to inform the Final Report of the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor.

Women’s Health West (WHW) provides specialist family violence services to women and their children across Melbourne’s western metropolitan region. We also undertake advocacy and run programs that promote equity and justice for women and girls, including leading a regional partnership for the primary prevention of violence against women. Receiving over 20,000 referrals every year, many of which are L17s from Victoria Police, we see firsthand how the family violence service system has changed since the Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV).

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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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