DVRCV Advocate

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The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) is a statewide service in Melbourne, Victoria. The DVRCV Advocate is a unique biannual magazine for workers in the family violence and allied sectors, providing a wide range of easy-to-read articles on issues affecting our work.

In Spring/Summer 2015 Advocate, it tells an app called “SmartSafe+” that is designed to assist women to collect and store evidence to help them get an intervention order, or to prove a breach. This app is to support women’s safety and encourage the positive use of technology. For more information, please visit: http://plus.smartsafe.org.au or Email: smartsafeplus@dvrcv.org.au .

Another article found in Advocate is “Regional women advocate for justice reform”. The 27 women interviewed and 190 women surveyed from central and north Victoria were motivated to participate in the research because they wanted to be part of a collective voice advocating for more effective action on addressing family violence.

These women did not want other women to experience what they had experienced. In this research, the women prioritised their desired outcomes from the legal process as: their concerns for their safety to be heard and respected; their children to be safer; the offender to acknowledge the harm he has done; the offender to change his behaviour; and to begin to heal from the harm that has been caused.

While some women in this research had positive aspects to their justice response, many of the women reported that the justice system failed to meet their justice needs, as well as those of their children and their communities. Nor had it succeeded in preventing the offender from reoffending. These women advocate for justice reform: they want a dynamic accountable justice system that provides a range of effective, meaningful justice approaches that are currently not enabled by a rigid ‘one-fits-all’ intervention order process. They demand a broad, multi-agency integrated justice response to family violence that sees the focus shift from the woman to the offender.

Justice for these women is about safety. Justice for these women is also inextricably linked to the justice needs of their children. Women in this study argue that their children’s voices should also be heard to ensure that their views are considered throughout the justice response process. Justice reform is possible but requires an ideological shift, long-term political and community will, collaboration, courage and leadership.

There are more articles about Muslim women and family violence, Family violence in Aboriginal communities, and Family violence in an LGBTIQ context. Please check pring/Summer 2015 Advocate to find more information

Sources from Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV), please visit: http://www.dvrcv.org.au/

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