Welcome to the Monthly Digest of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Team. We thank you for your on-going interest in our work. To keep up to date with our work follow us on Twitter at @MonashGFV

Speaking at the Share the Dignity Monash morning tea earlier this month convened by Connie Mogg, Monash Resources, key note speakers and program leaders of MGFV, JaneMaree Maher and Jude McCulloch presented on associations between gendered violence, housing vulnerability, and the everyday security of women. The text of the presentation can be accessed here

Share the Dignity addresses homeless access to personal products and sanitary items during menstruation, as well as assisting families in financial distress in paying for the funerals of domestic violence victims. These events offer key opportunities to donate products to support women experiencing homelessness. For additional details about the Share the Dignity, please click here.

Engaging young people in the dialogue around gender violence, Jude McCulloch spoke at the White Ribbon annual Monash Residential Services dinner. Focusing on the current context of family violence, Jude emphasised the continuing individual and social costs of this violence, but also the progress that has been made in this realm over recent decades. She spoke to the important role that everyone, especially young people, can make to inspire positive social change and to reduce gender and family violence.
Drawing over 140 Monash students and raising over $1,000 for the charity, the event will lead to a continuing discussion with students about issues of gender violence. To learn more about the White Ribbon charity, please click here.

The team looks forward to current and continuing collaborations with government and community organisations in the realm of gender and family violence. Recent news about our partnerships:
  • JaneMaree Maher, MonashGFV Program lead, has recently been appointed to the Family Violence Working group with the Department of Education and Training and looks forward to contributing to this important work in regards to gender and family violence.
  • Questions of self defence and family violence remain an important legal issue within Australia. Travelling to Adelaide recently, Kate Fitz-Gibbon, our expert in law reform with the MGFV team, joined the conversation to discuss this challenge in the South Australia context. Convened by Mark Parnell, MLC, the discussion focused on new legislative avenues to protect victims of family violence.


Research Call
  • If you have experienced Adolescent Family Violence: consider our anonymous online survey found on our project page. Our survey will be closing on 31 August: our thanks to all those who have shared their experiences.
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