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 @MonashFV
This week's Federal Budget provides a stark contrast with recent Victorian budget which committed $1.9 billion dollars to the prevention of family violence: the amount of new funding directed towards family violence federally in this budget comes nowhere near addressing the need. But there is a further injustice and inequity perpetrated here too.
In 2016,
in an Age/SMH opinion piece (5 May 2016), we wrote that the disparity between funding to address family violence and to address terrorism reflected a critical paradox in terms of investment and efficacy. The amount of money invested to prevent family violence and that invested to prevent terrorist acts was in inverse proportion to the fatal outcomes: the number of women killed in intimate partner homicides far outstripped those killed in Australia in terrorist events.

The Federal Budget of 2017 repeats this pattern with a focus on national security: the ABC reports that the Australian Federal Police will get an additional $321 million; the Australian reports that ASIO will receive an amount of $75 million. But even without the addition of that amount, the difference is stark.

The scope of the investment in security is different in 2017: the scale of the disparity is not. As existing data reveals, drawing on both the Global Terrorism Index and the AIC homicide monitoring, from the period 2005 - 2015, 520 women were killed by an intimate (ex)partner while six people were killed in terrorist attacks (this figure includes the assailants). 

Yet the money we invest in women's security, in addressing their preventable and far too common deaths in family violence, is so much less. In 2017, we can and should do much better. There is a need to address terrorism in our national security plan; this cannot be at the on-going expense of women's everyday security. 

  • The Monash Gender and Family Violence team have made a submission to the Federal Government  review of family law, with a particular focus on the need for effective support and training for professionals interacting with those affected by family violence. Read the Monash submission here.
  • Kate Fitz-Gibbon has co-authored, with colleagues from the South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the University of Adelaide, a report on The Provoking Operation of Provocation.  Kate's work here build on her extensive contribution to provocation reform law.
  • Team members JaneMaree Maher and Jude McCulloch, with Criminology colleagues across Australia, have recently published a volume focused on Policing Hate Crime (Routledge 2017). This work examines how various forms of bias and prejudice, including that which is gender based, are understood from the perspectives of Victorian community members and police.


Research Calls
  • We are currently recruiting for our collaborative study with PWDA focused on the experiences of women with disability. Details here
  • We have begun research on our Adolescent Family Project: details of focus groups and our anonymous online survey can be found on our project page
My other closet: the cabaret offers a moving exploration of family and domestic violence as it impacts on all genders and sexualities. Information about upcoming performances can be found here
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