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Autumn 2011 Quarterly - Shaping up?

Autumn 2011 Quarterly - Shaping up?

Autumn 2011 Quarterly - Shaping up?

The autumn edition of DVRCV Quarterly is out now. Here's a snapshot of our feature articles:

Victoria's response to family violence: How's it shaping up?

Leadership on family violence should rely on a social historical analysis and a strong activist approach, rather than on a narrower service provision or management approach.

In the early 1980s, the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP) in the USA pioneered a model for coordinating agency responses to domestic violence. Graham Barnes from DAIP recently visited Victoria to share his expertise about building effective integrated responses. He had many discussions with those involved in the Victorian service system. In this article, he shares his reflections and questions. DVRCV’s Libby Eltringham and Vig Geddes attended his workshops and have added their thoughts.

Strengthening law and justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of violence

Women who receive culturally appropriate support early and have the opportunity to discuss concerns about the legal process ... are more likely to engage for longer periods and to achieve improved safety outcomes.

The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS) is an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation working with families and communities affected by violence. Its innovative programs and holistic support are helping transform the lives of Aboriginal women experiencing family violence. In this article, Jacqui Katona describes the work of the service and its successes and challenges. She also outlines some of the changes urgently needed in law, policy and practice.

'My job kept me going': Supporting victims at work

It was hard to put on a cheerful, happy persona while everything outside of that was falling apart. But I think having my job was one of the few things that kept me going, just having a bit of normality’

Having a job can play a critical role in enabling a victim to leave a violent partner. A new project by the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse (ADFVC) is assisting employers and unions to work together to create supportive workplaces for victims of violence.

Book review: The Porn Report

The Porn Report... sets out to understand who consumes pornography, the types of pornography consumed, its impact and whether or not pornography is violent or objectifies women.

In recent editions of the DVRCV Quarterly, a number of articles have focused on pornography. This article will continue this trend. It examines an Australian book The Porn Report, written by Australian academics Alan McKee, Katherine Albury and Catharine Lumby and published in 2008.

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