News & Events
PowerPoint presentations from the WHV seminar: Economic Abuse: The hidden cost of family violence are now available.
This article reviews the ABC Vagina Diaries documentary, which discusses the worrying trend for increasing numbers of labiaplasty procedures being performed in Australia.
Take A Stand is WHV’s innovative program for the prevention of violence against women – using workplaces as the setting. The Program was funded as a pilot program until 2011 by VicHealth, but has since been subsidised by Women’s Health Victoria, which is struggling to fund it.
Women’s Health Victoria (WHV) is seeking a creative and strategic thinker with demonstrated experience in and a passion for policy and process to join the Policy and Health Promotion Team. This is a part time position (30.4 hours per week, ongoing).
Applications close: 9 December 2013.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013 4.00pm-5.30pm Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Tanya Corrie and Magdalena McGuire, Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service Karen O’Connor and Rachael Duncombe , Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE)
This presentation will explore what economic abuse is, how it impacts on women, and some of the measures we can take to address this issue. The presentation will also discuss projects by the Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service and Women’s Health Goulburn North East in gathering evidence and responding to economic abuse.
An audio recording from the WHV seminar: Beyond the “sext”: Technology-facilitated violence and harassment against women is now available.
Prominent Victorian women’s health professionals are working to demystify the Abortion Law Reform Act in light of recent media activity concerning conscientious objection. Compliance with the Act ensures that the religious beliefs of health professionals are respected and that the women in their care don’t suffer as a result of their doctor’s personal beliefs.
BreaCan, a service of Women’s Health Victoria, is an innovative, state-wide gynaecological and breast cancer information and support service. BreaCan is seeking a compassionate, energetic, capable woman with a mature outlook to join the BreaCan Programs team. This is a part time position (22.8 hours per week, ongoing).
Applications close: 30 October 2013.
Dr Anastasia Powell (RMIT University), Dr Nicola Henry (La Trobe University),
Dr Delanie Woodlock (DVRCV) and Mandy McKenzie (DVRCV)
While there is much to celebrate about advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), they also create new ways for committing old crimes.
In the case of sexual violence, ICTs create a new medium for perpetrating and continuing gender-based harms and violence against women and girls.
Yet notwithstanding recent media and public attention to teen “sexting” and to the online harassment of women leaders, as a community we are yet to fully comprehend and respond to the various ways that technologies are being used to facilitate sexual violence and harassment against women.
In this seminar, we discuss some troubling trends in technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment including:
the unauthorised use of sexual images and the appropriation and distribution of sexual assault images;
the use of internet services to procure a sexual assault;
online forms of sexual harassment and stalking;
the use of technology in the context of domestic violence;
gender-based hate speech; and
We will also discuss The SmartSafe research conducted by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV), the gaps in current policy and legal responses, the ways in which technology is used to enhance women’s safety, and available resources.
Tuesday 29 October, 4-5.30pm
This is a free event. To register for the wait list, please go to Event Registration
October 10 is World Mental Health Day, and Women’s Health Victoria is calling for community action on women’s mental health. Of concern are the high rates of depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm, suicide attempts and eating disorders in women – particularly among young women. Messages in popular culture (for example Miley Cyrus), can be an opportunity to discuss with a young woman what it means to be empowered.