Engaging men on their use of sexual violence as a power and ...


Engaging men on their use of sexual violence as a power and ...


Welcome to the

45th issue of the



protection orders and divorce. Judge Kulger discussed

operational issues for these courts and their expansion

to address emerging issues, such as to allow same-sex

partners to obtain civil orders of protection.

It is that time again

when we consult you,

our users, to find out

what you think of our

services and how we

can make them more

relevant and useful

to you. Our survey

is open until the end

of July, so go online to www.surveymonkey.com/s/

ClearinghouseSurveyJuly2011 to have your say. This

information is invaluable to us in planning and business

developong>menong>t, and we appreciate your input.

The Clearinghouse staff have been very busy over the past

couple of months with our project work, running a forum on

domestic violence deaths, writing submissions and papers,

all which you can read about in the Clearinghouse Update

on page 2 of this Newsletter.

In May, I made a lightening visit to the United States and

Canada. The primary reason for the trip was to attend

Violence Against Woong>menong> – Complex Realities and New

Issues in a Changing World, an international conference

held in Quebec, Canada. The conference heard from a

diverse range of speakers on many interesting topics and

I will provide a more detailed report in the next issue of the

Newsletter. For now, I will just ong>menong>tion three of the keynote


Well known researcher Dr Michael Johnson has written

extensively on typologies of intimate partner violence. At

this conference, he spoke about differences between

three major types of violence (intimate terrorism, violent

resistance and situational couple violence) in terms of their

causes, their effects on individuals and couples, and their

responsiveness to intervention. He argued persuasively for

a differentiated approach in dealing with violent ong>menong>, while

emphasising the need to recognise that common couple

violence is as significant and dangerous as controlling


Judy Harris Kluger is the Chief of Policy and Planning in

New York State’s unified court system. She spoke about

the growing number of integrated domestic violence courts

in the state and how their operation is increasing access

to justice for victims. In these integrated courts, a single

judge will deal with a criminal domestic violence case and

all its related family issues, such as custody, visitation, civil

The third speaker was Dr Floya Anthias, a professor

of sociology at Roehampton University in the United

Kingdom. She argued for a more differentiated

understanding of woong>menong> in terms of complex inequalities,

in order to understand and better address their experience

of violence and their needs. She called for more

collaboration between different sectors in order to address

woong>menong>’s complex lives. Her paper then discussed a range

of issues around gender and violence; for example, around

the growth of migration, ‘diversity’, transnationalism and

global labour markets.

As well as attending the conference, I was also able to

visit two peak organisations in the United States: the

National Network to End Domestic Violence in Washington

and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I was impressed with the

significant resourcing of these organisations through

governong>menong>t funding to support the work of the practicebased

sector. They provide training, knowledge transfer,

technical support and resource developong>menong>t, as well as

representation to and advocacy with governong>menong>t. The

level of support and advocacy that these organisations

can lend to domestic violence services and workers is

something we would love to see replicated in Australia,

with a peak organisation situated in each state and territory

carrying out this work.

Having the opportunity to hear eminent practitioners

and academics from around the world, learn about

new approaches and forge international links was an

invigorating experience and the learnings from this trip will

inform our work at the Clearinghouse into the future. While

it was great to learn about developong>menong>ts going on around

the world, it was also heartening to have acknowledged

that our Clearinghouse is also spearheading innovation

and investigation, for example, through our domestic

violence workplace project and financial security research.

In this issue of the Newsletter, you will read about

engaging ong>menong> on their use of sexual violence as a power

and control tactic (pp. 3-4), read a summary of recent

developong>menong>ts in family law (pp. 5-7) and a review of the

AVERT family violence resource (pp. 14-15), as well as find

out about a new resource for working with the media (p. 8).

I hope you enjoy this issue of the Newsletter.

Gaby Marcus




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