Men and the parliamentary conversation

It’s been two months since Australia first learnt about Brittany Higgins’ rape by a staffer in a senior minister’s office. Since then, we’ve been subjected to allegations of rape raised against an Attorney General, to the news about masturbation over another MP’s desk, to other stories from female politicians and staffers about their experiences of sexual assault, harassment and other misconduct, and to strategic references to there being similar problems in both major parties. There have been declamatory statements from the PM and other senior political figures about the awfulness of the acts and the need to support the women concerned, in part through investigations into ‘workplace culture’. Heart-warming descriptions of protective feelings towards one’s daughters and wise advice from one’s marital partner…

To date, there has been almost nothing about the gendered nature of this culture inside of our national Parliament. Specifically, there has been little or no calling out the men who have been the overwhelming number of instigators and enablers of this toxic and abusive behaviour. The focus has been on either the women who have been on the receiving end of abuse and assault, or the nebulous, undefined ‘workplace culture’ that infects our seat of government.

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We interview EveryMan's Violence Prevention Coordinator, Simon Port

Simon is the Coordinator and Senior Practitioner for Violence Prevention Services at EveryMan and describes how our programs differ from others available.

"We work with men individually over a longer period of time to achieve desired outcomes."

Simon talks to us about seeing change in the family dynamic when men work hard at their programs and the flow on effect it brings to families, especially when there are children involved.

Watch the video

Homelessness funding at risk amid state and territory government dispute, services say

In a recent news article published by ABC, it has been reported that homelessness services and women's shelters fear they will have no choice but to cut frontline staff at a time of surging demand, as state and territory governments remain locked in a dispute with the federal government over who should fund wages in the sector. 

Homelessness organisations have issued a last-ditch plea ahead of the federal Budget on May 11, urging the Morrison government to extend a funding agreement with states beyond July 1.


Read the full article here

National Day to Remember - Candle Light Vigil

Join DVCS as they remember those who have died as a result of domestic, family and intimate partner violence at the annual National Day to Remember, Candle Light Vigil.

Date: Wednesday 5 May 2021
Time: 5.45pm for a 6pm start
Venue: Ainslie Place, Canberra City
Cost & Registration: This is a free event although registration for COVID-19 purposes is necessary

This event will be streamed live on the DVCS Facebook page for those who aren't able to attend.

Register your attendence

SANE Australia and EveryMan Topic Tuesday online events

On the last Tuesday of each month SANE Australia and Everyman host an online live forum event on a community issue or mental health topic. The event is free and doesn't require registration. You can also jump on without disclosing your personal information to protect your privacy. 

This month we featured the topic: Breaking The Cycle: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs. Keep an eye on the EveryMan Facebook page for the May event including details on how to take part. 

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