Archive for Media discussion

Anger erupts over rainbow noose image – harmfull effects of Marriage Plebiscite in question

// February 4th, 2016 // No Comments » // AVP news, Media discussion, Within Australia, Within Victoria

Fears about the dangers to the LGBTI community over the Federal government’s proposed marriage plebiscite have been revealed as accurate after an anti-same-sex marriage lobby group posted an image of a woman with a rainbow noose around her neck in its latest social media campaign.

Anything that allows prejudice and homophobia to have an acceptable public platform is dangerous and un-Australian and will damage the health and lives of vulnerable people in the LGBTI community, says the AVP.

Read more here:


Queer men are victims of street harassment nobody talks about

// November 28th, 2015 // No Comments » // Around the globe, AVP news, International, Media discussion, Relationship violence, Within Australia, Within Victoria


This week we observed White Ribbon day and discussed how pervasive and destructive masculinity can be towards women.

However as Derrick Clifton writes in The Guardian, ‘uncomfortable, if not traumatizing, experiences (of harassment of gay men) get swept under the rug, or worse, internalised as something that “just happens” and shouldn’t be taken seriously’, revealing that many gay men, too, cope silently with harassment and consent issues in male dominated social spaces.

In Australia, governments are yet to turn their social policy lens and budgetary spends towards violence and harassment targeting the LGBTI community. The AVP believes that this makes Clifton’s argument, that its time to have more of a conversation about how the misogyny and patriarchy imbued in rape culture targets gay and gender non-conforming men, a very real and timely conversation to be had.

Read the full article here:

White Ribbon Day – Walk Against Family & Relationship Violence

// November 25th, 2015 // No Comments » // AVP news, Media discussion, Relationship violence, Relationships, Within Australia, Within Victoria


We in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community have grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts and other family members who have been and will be victims of relationship and family violence at the hands of men.

The abuse of power within many relationships is a common thread that joins the broader community to our LGBTI community in our shared experience of family and relationship violence where patterns of power, control and violence have been passed on and learned from male family members.

With great sadness we note that one in three women has experienced family and relationship violence and that family and relationship violence is also the silent epidemic within the LGBTI community despite being the subject of increasing scrutiny in heterosexual relationships. One in three LGBTI couples experience family and relationship violence echoing the general population. Additionally many women within the LGBTI community have experienced relationship violence with men before coming-out as same-sex attracted.

We say, with determination, on White Ribbon Day, that the Anti-Violence Project of Victoria recognises and acknowledges that our joint LGBTI and broader heterosexual Victoria and Australia community, cannot be safe until family and relationship violence by men in our society is named, called out as being unacceptable and is dealt with in a way so that it cannot reoccur and is prevented from being passed-on to future generations.

Just as relationship and family violence by men in the broader community is under-reported, we acknowledge homophobia and prejudice motivated violence against the LGBTI community is another form of violence emanating from mens’ behaviour and being passed on through generations.

We call on the Australian and State governments to increase data collection on all forms of violence driven by mens’ behaviour, to develop new strategic public policy, to fund front-line services supporting all victims of family and relationship violence and increase funding and infrastructure to support a community-led response to under-reported violence in all its forms.

To Survive on This Shore is a beautiful series from the USA about the aging transgender community

// November 22nd, 2015 // No Comments » // Around the globe, International, Media discussion, Within Australia, Within Victoria

Many wonderful life stories come from the transgender community in Australia and we expect many more as society becomes aware of gender diversity within a framework that says expressing homophobia to diminish another person is not okay.

To commemorate the 2015 Transgender Day of Rememberence, the AVP would like to divert your attention away from Australia and towards the USA where Jess T. Dugan came up with the idea for the project  “To Survive on This Shore”, a series of portraits about the aging transgender community in her part of the world.

Have a look at this wonderful project here:


Shifting the debate on partner violence

// November 12th, 2015 // No Comments » // Media discussion, Relationship violence, Within Australia, Within Victoria

The AVP has known since our inception in 1997 of the connection between overtly masculine behaviour and violence in heterosexual relationships towards women and the link with homophobic violence through similar abuse of power relationships.

In this discussion,  Bianca Fileborn and Philomena Housley say “Most incidents of sexual violence, for example, are perpetrated by men against women. Likewise, men who enact certain types of masculinity – such as hostile masculinity – are more likely to be the perpetrators of such violence”.  The LGBTI Anti-Violence Project agrees.

Our “Boxer Campaign” targeted men in gyms and martial arts establishments in Victoria where masculinity could easily become hostile towards others and homophobia had the potential to ramp it out of the gym and directly into the LGBTI community.

Read the ‘Conversation’ with Bianca Fileborn and Philomena Housley here:

Where men and women like (and hate) to be touched

// October 31st, 2015 // No Comments » // Around the globe, Media discussion, Research

Mark Frauenberger reports in Boing Boing about the results of a fascinating study by researchers from Aalto University in Finland, the University of Oxford, and the University of Turku in Finland who developed “relationship-specific maps of bodily regions where social touch is allowed in a large cross-cultural dataset of over 1,368 people.”

Find out who can touch you and where.  Checkout:

Where men and women like (and hate) to be touched

9 Ways Intersex Youth Want You to Support Them

// October 29th, 2015 // No Comments » // International, Media discussion

How can we generate awareness of and support intersex youth? The Trevor Project suggests we consider teaching the spectrum of reproductive development – and the AVP agrees.

Congratulations Sally Goldner – Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year!

// October 17th, 2015 // 1 Comment » // AVP news, Media discussion, Within Victoria

Congratulations Sally Goldner from all at the Anti-Violence Project for your well deserved GLOBE award as the Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year 2015!

We’ve enjoyed a long, friendly and productive association with you and look forward to many collaborations together in the years to come!

Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year

LGBTI abuse victims travelling for help

// October 5th, 2015 // No Comments » // Media discussion, Within Victoria

The Courier, Ballarat, Oct. 4, 2015 – Amber Wilson writes that gay people in Ballarat subjected to domestic violence are typically travelling to Melbourne to access homosexual-friendly services.

Luke Gahan, a spokesperson for the LGBTI Anti-Violence Project of Victoria, said new research showed LGBTI people were unsure whether they were able to access domestic and family violence services. Additionally, he said men in same-sex relationships were worried they wouldn’t be believed.

The Anti-Violence Project of Victoria has called on Ballarat and other regional centres to be part of a fast response once the state government received recommendations from the Victoria Royal Commission into Family Violence late this year.

Mr Gahan said people in both same-sex and opposite-sex relationships experienced domestic violence, but the rates of gay people reporting it or seeking help were much lower.

“In Ballarat, we have been starting to work with the police and they’ve been very good. They have gay and lesbian liaison officers at Ballarat and Daylesford and they have a good understanding,” he said.

“Some of the Relationships Australia services in Victoria have quite a lot of training around LGBTI relationships.

“Of course you go to the police for the regular help and for an intervention order, but as far as counselling goes, most same sex couples would go to Melbourne for some sort of counselling service.

“You want to go somewhere you will be automatically accepted rather than have to find out.

“People are pretty fragile when it comes to relationship violence, and when you’re trying to face homophobia and heteronormativity at the same time, it’s like a double assault on you.”

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Mr Gahan said although there could be more LGBTI-friendly services potentially available in Ballarat, the community had little awareness of them.

He also said governments needed to focus more on same-sex relationships in domestic violence campaigns and noted the NSW government had recently announced a $115,000 program to do so.

Mr Gahan, who is currently researching a PhD project into separation between same-sex parents, said men in gay relationships who reported incidents were often treated as assault cases rather than domestic violence cases.

He said 67 per cent of gay men who experienced domestic violence didn’t seek help.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has found that both sexes are more likely to experience violence at the hands of men.

Read the Courier article here:- Gay Abuse Victims Travelling for Help the AVP says

NSW LGBTI domestic & family violence funding focuses attention on VIC govt response to its Royal Commission findings, due later 2015

// September 24th, 2015 // No Comments » // Media discussion, Relationship violence, Relationships, Within Australia, Within Victoria

Victoria’s Anti-Violence Project heralded NSW’s announcement of funding for LGBTI domestic and family violence as a defining moment for Australian state and federal governments which brings measures to address LGBTI family and relationship violence equally to the table alongside funding and programs to support the elimination of domestic and family violence in the broader Australian community.

“Victoria has no single lead LGBTI organisation working in the health or family violence space, unlike ACON’s principal role as the dominant funded non-profit in NSW”, said AVP executive director Greg Adkins. “However Victoria does have organisations, working for LGBTI community to support people and address family violence, who are either poorly resourced, or in the case of LGBTI community-led organisations, not resourced at all”, he said.

“This NSW funding decision now focuses attention towards recommendations on the Victoria Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV) which are expected later in 2015 and the policy response by the Andrews Labor government. These RCFV recommendations will frame society’s urgent family violence problem with clear evidence of whats working and whats not, where the gaps are and will point to a much needed targeted response by the Victoria state government to lift LGBTI organisations out of their unfunded or poorly funded existences to better and more efficiently support individuals from LGBTI community experiencing this type of violence in their lives.”

In announcing the NSW funding, Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward in the NSW Baird government said the funds will support ACON campaigns, programs and services that will help identify and prevent DFV among LGBTI people.

AVP executive director Greg Adkins said “We look forward, to a similar outcome in Victoria to the NSW funding so that LGBTI focused campaigns, programs and services in Victoria are enabled to respond to LGBTI family violence in a way where 100% of people experiencing it have the avenues to address its impact on their lives and perpetrators of LGBTI family and relationship violence can be identified and supported to deal with their behavior before lives are lost and people are damaged.”

Read the NSW funding announcement reported here in Gay News Network, Wednesday September 9, 2015