Preventing and Reducing Domestic Violence Related Homicides Project
As one of the Government’s 2007 election commitments, $500,000 was provided to enhance the Australian Institute of Criminology's (AIC) National Homicide Monitoring Program (http://www.aic.gov.au/research/projects/0001.html) to research domestic violence-related homicides, risk factors, and interventions to inform those engaged in services working to protect women and children from violence. The project is focussed on high risk individuals and communities, including Indigenous Australians .
Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers as Domestic Violence Referral Points
This project has been providing Practice Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers in rural and remote Australia with training to build their skills to identify and appropriately refer people experiencing domestic and family violence. Funding for this trial project was announced in the 2005 Budget and it is due to conclude with an evaluation of its effectiveness in June 2009.
Capacity Building for Service Providers to support victims of domestic and family violence within an early intervention and prevention model
The Women’s Services Network (WESNET) has been funded to undertake a project to build the capacity of organisations to support victims of domestic or family violence through early intervention and prevention approaches. WESNET is coordinating and managing grants for non-government, not-for-profit organisations (http://www.wesnet.org.au/grants.htm) across Australia providing support to women and children impacted by domestic or family violence. The Government has provided $625,000 for this project.
National Sexual Assault Prevention Education Framework
The National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence (NASASV) (http://www.nasasv.org.au/) is designing and trialing a National Sexual Assault Prevention Education Framework which is informed by research and consultation with specialist service providers. A National Network of Sexual Assault Prevention Education Mentors will also be established to support organisations in the sexual assault prevention sector to test the efficacy of the new framework which is due to be launched in March 2009. The Government has provided $625,000 for this project.
Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA)
The Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa) provides access to current information, research and resources for policy makers, researchers, service providers and practitioners working in the field of sexual assault. The Centre publishes newsletters, in-depth papers, and practice resources to support and develop strategies that aim to prevent, respond to, and ultimately reduce the incidence of sexual assult.
ACSSA is a specialist unit within the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and is funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. You can subscribe to receive ACSSA updates via email. (http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/emaillist.html)
Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse
The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse provides access to national and international research, resources, practice, policies and legislation for those working in the area of domestic and family violence.
The Clearinghouse maintains a website with two searchable databases on Research and Resources, and Good Practice. The website also features current news about conferences and events, and links to services providing assistance to victims and survivors of violence.
The Clearinghouse is delivered through the Centre for Gender-Related Violence Studies at the University of New South Wales and is funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.