16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
25th November – 10th December
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and its impact on a woman’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. Human rights cannot be universal without human rights for women.
The 16 Days of Activism begins on 25th November on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on December 10th International Human Rights Day. These two dates highlight that violence against women is a human rights abuse. We invite community members and organisations to coordinate or participate in an event to unite in the struggle to end violence against women.
WestCASA’s ‘Morning in the Park’, Wednesday 7th December
During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, WestCASA is organising a social action event to raise awareness about the prevalence, frequency and impact of gender based violence and also to acknowledge to courage, resilience and recovery of those who have experienced violence.
WestCASA clients, stakeholders, partner agencies and Western Metropolitan community members are all invited to a morning in the park. We will have an opportunity to meet with community members, have a Tai Chi session to celebrate resilience and recovery and will also hear from people who are actively working to make our world a safer place for women and children. Please see the invitation attached.
For further information on the 16 Days of Activism please visit the Amnesty International website.
Establishing the Connection Guidelines for Professionals
These guidelines have been developed to build the capacity of workers in the sexual assault and alcohol and other drug (AOD) sectors in Victoria to support shared clients who experience both sexual assault trauma and substance use issues.
The guidelines have been prepared by the Australian Institute of Family Studies in partnership with CASA Forum and UnitingCare ReGen. They are the result of an Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) funded project exploring the enablers and barriers of the AOD and sexual assault sectors in referring shared clients to specialist services.
There are links to relevant information provided throughout this resource, and we encourage you to interact with your local sexual assault/AOD service and promote interagency training and collaboration in support of your shared clients.
Reporting Sexual Abuse to the Police
Making a decision about whether or not to report sexual abuse to the police can feel like a stressful and overwhelming experience for many people.
In our experience, having information upfront about what is involved and expected through the legal process, can help individuals to make the best decision.