Shining a spotlight on family violence


In a bid to spread the message that violence against women is never OK, Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) is working closely with the Southern Melbourne Integrated Family Violence Partnership (SMIFVP) to participate in this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.

Vale Dr. Robyn Mason (1951 – 2016)

It is with great sadness that I report on the passing of Dr. Robyn Mason. 

Robyn was a passionate feminist, activist, researcher, academic and teacher. 
WHISE remembers Robyn as a highly valued member of our Board of Management and Chairperson.

We have been honoured to receive a bequest from Robyn that we have named:
Dr. Robyn Mason Professional Development Award

Royal Commission into Family Violence

Submissions to the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria) has sought submissions from individuals and organisations who have either been directly affected by family violence or that work in the family violence space. The submission process is a method of gathering views and information, alongside research, community engagement and public hearing activities conducted by the commission.

A $572 million commitment to family violence

Victoria is leading the way in its response to family violence. Following the release of the Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations in late March, the Victorian Labor Government has yesterday announced how they will begin to move forward with the recommendations. Premier Daniel Andrews was quoted saying, “the Royal Commission told us there were some things that can’t wait, so we are taking urgent action to help save lives.”

ANROWS Conference

The ANROWS inaugural National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children was held at the end of February in Melbourne. It was an opportunity for policy makers, practitioners and researchers to share experiences, ideas and advice on how research can drive policy development and service responses.

International Women's Day

This year WHISE celebrated International Women’s Day by acknowledging the contributions of women to their communities in the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. WHISE in partnership with Bentleigh Bayside Community Health, Bentleigh Secondary College, Rotary and Moongala Community House were able to honour 18 individuals and 5 women’s groups in the categories of: