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inside 1 editorial 2 clearinghouse update 3 issues in good practice engaging ong>menong> on their use of sexual violence as a power and control tactic 5 national update recent developong>menong>ts in family law 8 feature working with the media: a new tool 9 fast facts the financial cost of domestic and family violence 10 new research 12 new initiatives and resources 14 review AVERT family violence: collaborative responses in the family law system 16 recent additions to the research and resources database 17 practice notes Contributions The Clearinghouse welcomes submissions from service workers, researchers and individuals. If you wish to submit an article or review, please email a one paragraph outline to the address below. We will provide you with feedback and discuss a deadline for submission. Subscriptions For a free subscription to the Clearinghouse Newsletter or our other publications, please phone, fax or email us, or subscribe online at www.adfvc.unsw.edu.au/ subscribe.html For more information contact the Clearinghouse at – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (02) 9385 2990 Fax: (02) 9385 2993 Publication Information ISSN print: 1443 7236 ISSN online: 1838-7101 © 2011 Design/Printing: Print Post Plus (P3) The views expressed in this Newsletter do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse or the Australian Governong>menong>t. While all reasonable care has been taken in the preparation of this publication, no liability is assumed for any errors or omissions. The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse is funded by the Australian Governong>menong>t Departong>menong>t of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. The Clearinghouse is linked to the Centre for Gender-Related Violence Studies, based in the University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences and International Studies.
editorial Welcome to the 45th issue of the Clearinghouse Newsletter. 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 speakers. 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 violence. 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 Director 1 www.adfvc.unsw.edu.au