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Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect
What is the Project about?
Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect is a prevention project funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation focusing on the link between family violence and gambling with a view to increasing the safety of women experiencing violence from male partners and to reduce harm from gambling.
The project is based in the northern and eastern metropolitan regions of Melbourne. Women's Health In the North and Women's Health East are working with family violence services, Gambler's Help services and other health and human services providers to increase knowledge about the link between family violence and gambling and to strengthen risk assessment mechanisms, referral pathways and service delivery across these sectors.
The project evolved from research indicating that family violence is three times more likely to occur in families in which there is significant harm from gambling than in families in which there is no harm from gambling[i]. Although the link between these issues is acknowledged in both Australian and international literature, it is not yet well researched, nor understood.
Women, Lawyers, Workers Project
The Women, Lawyers, Workers Project provides free legal advice via Skype to women who are experiencing family violence, as well as workers who work in the family violence field. This three-year project was funded by the Legal Services Board (Victoria) and is led by WHIN, Women's Health Goulburn North East and Berry Street in close partnership with Women's Legal Service Victoria.
The Project aims to prevent new or on-going violence against women who are getting ready to leave, or have left violent relationships by providing legal advice on the complexities of the legal system which governs family law matters, from children's living arrangements, Intervention Orders to property settlement after separation. Women who are experiencing family violence can obtain legal advice on Family Law related matters with the support of a worker from participating agencies. Workers supporting women are also able to have secondary consultations with the lawyers about family matters.
Living Longer on Less
Living Longer on Less Paper Published in SAGE Open
Living Longer On Less: Women, paid work, and superannuation in Victoria, Australia examines the paid work experiences of women aged over 55 years of age with less than $100,000 in superannuation, attempting to understand how women's experiences of paid work are linked to low superannuation.
It explores how, while discrimination in the paid workforce is an important contributor to women's low superannuation balances, the more important factors were outside the workforce. These factors include the deprioritisation of women's paid work compared with men's, unpaid care, disability, ill health and older age, and violence.
Living Longer on Less Project
It seems everyone knows that women retire with much less super than men, but there is no discussion about it, and certainly no outrage!
An Australian woman retires with
$112,000 superannuation (on average).
An Australian man retires with
$198,000 superannuation (on average).
Women over 65 now comprise 15% of the population and can expect to live about a quarter of their life beyond Age Pension entitlement at 67.
More than 50% of retired women live in households with annual incomes below $30,000.
Single, divorced and widowed women are amongst the most disadvantaged.