A newly formed network to combat domestic and sexual violence will hold its first public forum in Melbourne tomorrow night (Tuesday).
RMIT’s Gendered Violence and Abuse Research Alliance (GeVARA) aims to bring together the expertise of applied researchers to address issues including family violence, rape and sexual assault, gender-based stalking, sexual harassment and sex discrimination.
The forum will bring together representatives from government agencies, domestic violence response and policy sectors to discuss domestic violence and the need for social change.
Domestic and family violence is increasingly recognised as an urgent social and human rights problem.
In Australia, a woman is murdered every week by a current or former partner, and every day women and children are living in fear of violence in their homes.
National research further shows that one in six women has experienced physical or sexual violence from a male partner or former partner.
The forum will discuss the challenges faced in addressing domestic violence and the role of collaborative and applied research in creating a society where women are equal and can live free of fear.
- Assistant Police Commissioner Family Violence Command, Dean McWhirter
- Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough
- CEO of the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service, Antoinette Braybrook
- CEO of the Domestic Violence Resource Centre, Emily Maquire
- Emma Partridge, OurWatch
- RMIT Senior Research Fellow and Co-Convenor of GeVARA, Dr Anastasia Powell
- RMIT researchers Lisa Harris, Georgina Heydon, both Co-Convenors of GeVARA, and Christine Craik
When: Tuesday 6 September, 5-7pm
Where: Kaleide Theatre, RMIT City campus, 360 Swanston Street, Melbourne
For interviews: Dr Anastasia Powell, 0421 556 613 or (03) 9925 3566.
For general media enquiries: David Glanz, 0438 547 723 or (03) 9925 2807.