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Sector Updates

Hello all,

There are lots and lots of exciting, free online events are coming to you in the next 2 weeks for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT- May 17th) and LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day (May 28th), and we've put all the family violence relevant ones in here for you to plan out your calendars. (If your org is planning an event for LGBTQ DV Awareness Day that you'd like us to showcase, just email us)

Also just a reminder to prepare for LGBTQ DV Awareness Day (May 28th) by:
  1. Visiting the Awareness Day website and getting involved/downloading their toolkit;
  2. Contacting Ben at the DVA Foundation if you have any buildings / structures / monuments in your area that you might be able to request be lit up in rainbow/trans colours for May 28th;
  3. And last, but not least, submitting your organisation to be listed on the national Say It Out Loud website service directory as an organisation that provides family violence services for LGBTIQ+ communities.
Please do this final step especially so that when our LGBTIQ+ communities do learn more about what violence looks like in their relationships and start to seek out support in their area, they can find you and know that someone out there can help them.

Thank you all for all the work that you do.
 
In solidarity,

Shamini, Ash and Matt
Co-chairs
 
Queer Family Violence Sector Network

IDAHOBIT and DV Awareness Day Events

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Services IDAHOBIT Panel


Tarneen Onus-Williams will be hosting a panel of experts sharing with community workers their wealth of knowledge of safe and inclusive practises when working with LGBTQIA+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members who are experiencing violence.

When: Monday 17th May 2pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Speakers:
Denise McGuiness (Gunditjmara and Wiradjuri)
Jade Johnson (Yorta Yorta, Gunditjmara and Wemba Wemba)
Dr Crystal McKinnon (Amangu woman from Yamatji Nation)
Register here

Supporting LGBTIQ clients facing family violence in regional Victoria

LGBTIQ Family violence training:
This free 5 hr workshop by LGBTIQ Legal Service (St Kilda Legal Service) in partnership with Rainbow Door is designed for family violence workers in regional Victoria who work with LGBTIQ clients, and will give participants an introduction to LGBTIQ family violence dynamics. It will also help participants understand some of the barriers LGBTIQ people face when seeking legal protections and accessing the legal system.

When: Tuesday 18th May 10am-3pm
Where: Online
Register here

LGBTIQ family violence consultations for community workers

Secondary consults for workers:
Are you a community worker based in regional Victoria? Do you work with LGBTIQ clients experiencing family violence?

The LGBTIQ Legal Service is offering free secondary consultations for community workers. You will speak to an experienced family violence lawyer who can provide advice on the law related to family violence, how to support your clients accessing the legal system and culturally appropriate support services.

This is an opportunity to increase your knowledge of the law, issues affecting LGBTIQ people experiencing family violence and the help available.

When: Friday 21st May 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: 45min phone consultations
 
Register here to make an appt

New to the Network? Here's a bit of a starter pack for you:

LGBTIQ family violence legal clinic for regional Victoria

Legal clinics for clients:
The LGBTIQ Legal Service is providing a free and confidential legal clinic for any LGBTIQ people who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing family violence in regional Victoria.

Book a session to find out more about what family violence is, what your rights are and how the law can provide legal protections for you and your children. The clinic will provide targeted advice and referrals that understand the specific complexities and issues often affecting LGBTIQ people.

When: Monday 17th May 9:30am-5pm
Where: 45min phone consultation

Register here to make an appt

Preventing Domestic and Family Violence in 
LGBTQA+ communities - how schools and early childhood 
education settings can be part of the change


A panel discussion on how schools and early childhood education settings can be part of the change to prevent violence within and against LGBTQA+ families.

When: Wednesday 19th May 12pm-1pm
Where: Online via Crowdcast
Speakers:
Moo Baulch
Lane Pitcher
Renata Field
 
Register here

LGBTIQ+ family violence legal training

LGBTIQ Family violence training:
To mark LGBTIQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day on 28 May 2021, the LGBTIQ Legal Service (a Health Justice Partnership with Thorne Harbour Health) is delivering a free one day workshop for family violence lawyers in regional Victoria.

The workshop will provide an introduction into LGBTIQ+ people’s experiences of family violence and barriers to seeking assistance and legal protection.

When: Friday 28th May 2021 10am-3:30pm
Where: Online
Register here

Service in the Spotlight: Drummond St

For last month's "Service in the Spotlight", Drummond St Services/queerspace gave an overview of the services they offer and referral pathways into their programs. Watch it here.
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