Blog: violence against women

Respectful Relationships and Violence Against Women
8 December 2017

As part of our 16 Days of Activism blog series, Heidi Zajac, Respectful Relationships Program Coordinator, contributed the following article. It outlines the importance of respectful relationships education to reduce violence against women and family violence. No doubt you have heard expressions uttered in movies, on the street, or even in your home, such as ‘’You […]

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The year in review – Frances Crimmins, Executive Director, YWCA Canberra
12 October 2016

  Our 2016 AGM was held on Monday 10 October, bringing together more than 80 members, staff and friends to celebrate our achievements, and elect new board members. I’m pleased to share with you some of our key areas of impact, and highlights from the 2015-16 year, which you can find out more about in […]

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Open letter to Senator Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women
11 March 2016

This week, there was much discussion about domestic violence leave provisions for federal public servants.  We believe that specific domestic violence leave provisions are essential, and as the Australian Public Service is the largest employer in the ACT, this is an issue that we feel strongly about. Please see below an open letter on this issue to Senator […]

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Canberra women’s groups stand in solidarity
14 December 2015

On Friday 11 December, YWCA Canberra, in partnership with the Domestic Violence Crisis Service, the ACT Women’s Legal Centre, Doris Women’s Refuge, Toora Women Inc, and Beryl Women Inc hosted a Day of Action against domestic violence. Domestic violence has received considerable media attention this year, much of it attributable due to the courageous work […]

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16 days of Activism: Gender inequality at the root of violence against women
24 November 2015

This opinion editorial was published in The Canberra Times on 21 November 2015, to start the conversation about meaningful action to end violence against women as part of our participation in the global campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This year, we’ve heard a lot of public commentary on the shocking prevalence of violence against women in […]

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Panelists plus Fran - RT Online launch

Launching Relationship Things Online – building respectful relationships for the next generation!
7 August 2015

Tuesday 4 August was an exciting day for YWCA Canberra, as we launched the latest in our suite of primary violence prevention resources, Relationship Things Online. Relationship Things Online is an online respectful relationships resource for young people, that explores topics around respect, communication, gender equality, diversity, safe sex and consent. The resource uses interactive […]

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Respect Champion: Nipuni Wijewickrema
1 June 2015

As part of YWCA Canberra’s Respect NOW campaign, over the coming weeks we’ll unveil our passionate Respect Champions. These wonderful women are helping us further our advocacy efforts, calling on the ACT Government to prioritise funding for primary prevention and early intervention programs, to end violence against women. To support the Respect NOW campaign, please […]

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Kate Muir

Respect Champion – Kate Muir
28 May 2015

As part of YWCA Canberra’s Respect NOW campaign, over the coming weeks we’ll unveil our passionate Respect Champions. These wonderful women are helping us further our advocacy efforts, calling on the ACT Government to prioritise funding for primary prevention and early intervention programs, to end violence against women. To support the Respect NOW campaign, please […]

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‘Relationship Things’ a partner in preventing gendered violence
5 January 2015

In December 2014, YWCA Canberra was thrilled when Relationship Things received a prestigious Partners In Prevention Community Award from the ACT Office for Women. The annual awards recognise best practice strategies and activities that create awareness of gendered violence in order to prevent violence and sexual assault against women and children in the ACT. Relationship […]

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