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).
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.
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.
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.
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.