Waiting decades to reduce domestic abuse isn’t an option

Approximately one-quarter of women in Australia have experienced at least one incident of violence by an intimate partner.

Australian governments have in recent years introduced reforms to prevent violence against women before it starts, improve support services and increase accountability for perpetrators. Ambitious reform agendas and the complex nature of domestic abuse create challenges for public managers across multiple sectors, including health, justice, policing, housing and education. And abuse rates aren’t declining, so maintaining hope and momentum is challenging.

This webinar brings together three leading researchers and advocates—Jess Hill, Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Dr Kristen Smith—to explore what needs to be done to address domestic abuse now.

Jess Hill’s debut book, See What You Made Me Do, challenges the notion that we must wait decades for gender equality to come about before we can reduce domestic abuse and looks to innovative solutions to address the issue now. An investigative journalist who has written and researched domestic abuse since 2014, Jess will speak to the misconceptions regarding domestic abuse and the need for urgent action.

Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon, the Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Associate Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, will speak about recent research which found an increase in the frequency and severity of violence against women, as well as the emergence of new forms of violence, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. She will address the funding and resource implications of these findings.

Dr Kristen Smith, a medical anthropologist in the Centre for Health Equity at the University of Melbourne, will speak on family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and innovative approaches to prevention.

Join us for what will be a timely, informative and engaging panel discussion, facilitated by Dr Bridie O’Donnell, Director of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation in the Victorian Government and ANZSOG Executive Master of Public Administration student.

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