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Social Policy Update
06 May 2018
Free from Violence Local Government Grants 
The Free from Violence local government grants application round has closed. 51 eligible applications were received, involving 59 Victorian councils and totalling $4.72 million. Applications are currently under review, and it is expected that successful projects will be announced in July. 
Local Government News
Mildura Rural City Council has trialled a women-only swimming program at the Mildura Waves swimming centre to access and opportunities for women to be physically active. The eight week pilot program was run in partnership with Belgravia Leisure and Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council, and was introduced in response to feedback from women in the local community who said they felt more comfortable in a women-only environment. the pilot was a resounding success, with up to 50 participants in attendance and also increased access and inclusion for older participants. Mildura City Council is now evaluating feedback and results from the pilot program to inform future recreation access planning.
Grants
Applications for the Community Safety Fund grants are now open! Projects must address a crime prevention issue within a local community, and Victorian councils and community groups are eligible to apply. Funding of up to $10,000 per project is available. Applications close at 4PM, Wednesday 27 June. For more information and to apply, click here.

The Public Safety Infrastructure Fund Grants, also known as council infrastructure grants, are now open. Grants of between $20,000 and $250,000 are available for the development of public safety and security infrastructure to improve community safety, security, and confidence in public places. Applications close 20 July. For further information and to apply, click here.
Awards and Nominations
Nominations are now open for the Our Watch Awards. Administered by the Walkley Foundation, the Our Watch Awards recognise and reward  exemplary reporting on violence against women, in particular reporting that highlights the causes of violence and what we as a society can do to prevent it. The Awards are open to all journalists and media organisations for work produced in Australia during the period of 8 July 2017 - 7 July 2018. Entries close 7 July. For further information and to enter, click here.

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government's Women's Board Leadership Program. The scholarship program is open to women in Victoria with experience on a community or government board or committee of management and provides women with governance training, mentoring and networking to advance their board careers. Applications close 22 June. For further information and to apply, click here. 
Events and Training
Join a panel curated by Her Place Women's Museum for the Night that Changed the World Evening at the Immigration museum on 7 June from 6.30-7.30PM. Five women will discuss the power of personal transformation and their involvement in Bringing Her Place, a Women's Museum, to life. To purchase tickets, click here.

1800 Respect are hosting a webinar, Access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women impacted by violence: the experiences, barriers and national framework to improve accessibility to Australian courts, on 14 June. The webinar will discuss some key issues impacting on access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women impacted by violence, including barriers to reporting family violence, communication barriers and barriers to full participation in the court process. For more information and to register, click here.

Women's Health Victoria are running a workshop, Gender Equity in Action, on 28 June. The activity-based workshop seeks to provide an introductory step-by-step guide to performing a gender analysis in practice. It is designed for professionals working in a range of areas including health promotion, social policy, community development, health and support services, women's health and local and State government who are committed to delivering gender equitable and gender sensitive programs and services. For further information and to register, click here.

Safer Families Centre of Research and Excellence are running a Health, Parenting and Family Violence forum on 18 June. The forum will explore the policy and practice implications of early health intervention and parenting programs for families vulnerable to domestic and family violence. The event is targeted at those working in policy or practice in a health or family services context, and registrations close 12 June. To register and for additional information, click here. 

Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence are also delivering a conference, International Domestic Violence and Health Conference: Sustainable Change in the Health Sector, from 20-21 November in the Melbourne CBD. The conference will focus on children and young people and their parents/carers, with sessions exploring how to integrate knowledge and research and translate it into action for improving the safety, health, and wellbeing of families and communities. Registrations are now open, and early bird prices close 10 August. For more information and to register, click here. 
Resources
ANROWS have published Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children: A compendium of stories from the field, and Evidence to action and local action as evidence: Findings from the Building Safer Communities for Women and their Children Action Research Support Initiative. The Action Research Support Initiative aims to provide support to the Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children projects funded by the Commonwealth Government to undertake action research. This includes support to design, implement, and share findings of actions research thereby contributing to the evidence base about what works in creating safe communities for women and their children in Australia. 

Women's Health Victoria have released a paper, Working with workplaces: challenges and opportunities for workplace violence prevention and bystander programs. The paper explores some of the challenges and opportunities in workplace-based programs for the primary prevention of violence against women, including bystander programs, based on findings from program evaluation. 

The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network have released a Data Report which found that men killed women in 80% of domestic violence murders in Australia between 2010 and 2014, and about 1 in 3 killed a former partner. The report also found that almost half of those homicides of former female partners occurred within 3 months of the relationship ending.
Employment
Women with Disabilities Victoria is seeking an enthusiastic Project Manager to join their friendly Workforce Development Program team. The position is part time at 68.4 hours per fortnight for a fixed term of 12 months with the possibility of an extension. Women with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applications close 20 June and can be emailed to recruitment@wdv.org.au. For further information, click here

Gender Equity Victoria are seeking a Senior Social Policy Officer. The position is 4 days per week until June 2019. Applications close at 9AM 11 June. For further information and to apply, click here
E-News
Our Watch: May 2018
National Rural Women’s Coalition: May 2018
Victorian Rural Women's shE-Update: June 2018
No to Violence: June 2018
Partners in Prevention: June 2018
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Best wishes,
Kellie and Catherine 
 
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