Engender Equality's submission in support of the #letherspeak campaign. Engender advocates for changes to the Evidence Act (Tas) to allow sexual assault survivors to speak about their experience when and how they like to. Shame about sex and sexuality, which extends to sexual assault, is a burden that women have carried for many thousands of years and it is a shame that needs to be abolished. The wide spread experience of shame enables sexual assault perpetrators to target women and if the law can support community initiatives to annihilate this experience then it must do so vigorously.
As a specialist service we support people who have experienced family violence and are intimately aware of the adverse effects and long-term suffering that can result from bullying within intimate relationships and following separation. We are very much interested in raising the profile of coercive control and the range of actions and interactions that cause harm and humiliation to the people who access our services.
Women using alcohol and other drugs may be reluctant to contact family violence services for support and AoD services may be the only point of contact for women in violent or abusive relationships. This resource aims to provide basic information to assist you in working with clients who may be experiencing domestic and family violence.
This resource has been developed to assist people working in the health to identify and respond to patients who have experienced or are experiencing family violence. Published in 2015
The resource has been designed to assist mental healthy professionals to effectively support those why work with who are or have been impacted by family violence.
Given the established links between literacy levels and a range of outcomes for children, women’s low literacy has flow-on effects for society more broadly.
People with lower literacy, whether due to educational attainment, intellectual ability, neurodiversity, health or age, should not be at risk of social exclusion, stigmatisation or being relegated to subordinate roles in society.
There is clear and compelling evidence that the adverse effects of family violence contribute to inter generational disadvantage. In this submission Engender Equality urges the House of Representative Select Committee to reject an individualistic blaming approach that perpetuates further stigmatisation and harm to the most vulnerable in our communities.
Engender Equality asserts that the law should be used as a guide for behaviour and a tool for changing community attitudes towards gender inequality and family violence. This submission outlines Engender Equality's view point on the proposed Family Violence Reform Bill 2018
The impact of family violence is a much more solemn account than a homicide statistic. For many women in Tasmania, family violence is not a reportable event but a series of behaviours that promote intimidation and fear.
Women in abusive relationships often have limited ability to negotiate reproductive choices. A women may be forced by an abusive partner to have a pregnancy termination when she desired to continue the pregnancy. A woman in an abusive relationship may also be at risk of unplanned and unwanted pregnancy as a result of abusive acts. This submission outlines how women experiencing family violence may have limited ability to control their own reproductive lives.
Our services frequently extend to supporting people through the legal process; assistance that is in addition addressing the experience violence and abuse itself. It is our experience that the legal response can fail to adequately address the severity of the violence, the impact on children and the ongoing effects of trauma.