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2023 Submission to the Inquiry into Tasmanian Adult Imprisonment and Youth Detention Matters

This submission promotes calls for a gendered lens to be applied to imprisonment and detention to consider the unique experiences of women in the Tasmanian Prison System.

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Engender Equality Research

2023 Research Discussion Paper - Misidentification of the Predominant Aggressor in Tasmania

This paper explores how misidentification of the predominant aggressor – also known as ‘misidentification of the primary aggressor’ – occurs when victim-survivors are inaccurately determined to be the predominant aggressor in the investigation into family violence offending. The impacts of this on victims-survivors are described and analysed through the presentation of lived experience case studies.

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Engender Equality Submission

2022 Submission on the National Principles to Address Coercive Control

Engender Equality and the lived-experience group, Advocates for Change, give feedback on the the development of the National Principles to Address Coercive Control.

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Love, Sex and Intimacy: Respect and Safety in Relationships

This booklet is designed to help you think about love, intimacy and respectful relationships. It is designed to support conversations and encourage a greater awareness of relationship safety.

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Engender Equality Submission

2022 Submission to the third Tasmanian Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan

Tasmania requires a new Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan that is both strategically directed towards, and sufficiently resourced to deliver, community-based prevention and response activities that meet the needs of Tasmania’s highly dispersed, largely rural, socially and economically disadvantaged population.

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Engender Equality Submission

2022 Submission to the Tasmanian Women's Strategy 2022-2027

In many ways the draft Strategy achieves its objectives in reflecting critical life domains in which women’s experiences are far from equal – in relation to safety and economic security, for example. In our assessment, however, it falls short of translating these objectives into realisable outcomes for the women we know and work alongside across Tasmanian communities.

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Engender Equality Submission

2021 Submission to the Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings

Engender Equality calls for an adequate understanding of the role that organisational culture plays in enabling child sexual abuse in institutional settings and proposes that hierarchical allocation of power within bureaucratic systems reduces the opportunities for individual accountability, with the result of diminished transparency. Our submission has been researched and written by Dr Morag MacSween and is informed by over three decades of experience as a service provider, advocacy organisation and strategic partner in the Tasmanian family and sexual violence sectors.

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Engender Equality Submission

2021 Submission: Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Developed in conjunction with Dr Morag MacSween, our submission to the Royal Commission focuses on the experience of people with disability in relation to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation caused by family and relationship violence. This intersection is too often invisible in public debate.

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Engender Equality Invite

Discussion Paper Launch - Misidentification of the Predominant Aggressor in Tasmania

For immediate release: 28 February 2023

The injustice of reporting family violence – Engender Equality to release research discussion paper on the misidentification of the predominant aggressor by family violence respondents

  • A study by Women’s Legal Service NSW reported that two-thirds of women who had been identified as primary aggressors were victim survivors. i
  • A study by Women’s Legal Service Victoria reported that one in ten women who were victim-survivors had been misidentified as primary aggressors.ii
  • Tasmanian has a unique legislative approach to family violence which may contribute to misidentification. iii

Following a public forum held in 2022, Engender Equality is holding an event at Government House Hobart on Thursday 2nd March, 2023 to launch their research discussion paper on the misidentification of the predominant aggressor in Tasmania.

Engender Equality is releasing a research discussion paper on the misidentification of the predominant aggressor in Tasmania with an event at Government House Hobart to coincide with International Womens’ Day. This follows the successful public forum held in 2022 that provided the opportunity for community representatives and government representative to talk about the issue.

The research discussion paper Misidentification of the Predominant Aggressor in Tasmania: Practitioner Perspectives from Engender Equality provides important insight through the perspectives of family violence practitioners into the experiences of victim-survivors of family violence who have reported to police but have been wrongly identified as the aggressor in the relationship.

Misidentification of predominant aggressor occurs when the police or other responder inaccurately determine who the person using abusive behaviour is in a family violence relationship.

Previous research has shown that predominant aggressors are more likely to use violence for abuse and control, whereas a victim-survivors are more likely to use violence in retaliation or self-defence. In response to a report of family violence, police may misinterpret these nuanced dynamics, leading them to misidentify the victim-survivor as the predominant aggressor.

“There is a growing body of research to suggest that women are being misidentified as predominant aggressors in increasing numbers in Tasmania. Women who have been misidentified may face criminal charges, poverty, removal of children, loss of reputation and employment and re-traumatisation through the system that is meant to be there to protect them. Misidentification may be influenced by systems abuse (perpetrator using the system to use power and control) and incident-based policing. It is clear that the impacts are broad and far-reaching and influence the recovery of a victim-survivor in many ways” Ms Thomas explained.

“We are hoping that this paper will assist police and stakeholders who provide family violence support to gain greater insight into the issue and encourage policy and legislation to be reviewed to reduce the number of victim-survivors who are mis-identified. Engender Equality is very passionate about advocating to address this problem and hope that our research leads to change.” Ms Thomas added.

A full copy of the report will be made available the website engenderequality.org.au after the event.

Attendance at the event is by invitation only but there will be a media opportunity on the lawns of Government House after the event which runs from 12:30 – 2:00 pm.