Archive for September, 2010

Respect Agenda Round Table

// September 23rd, 2010 // No Comments » // AVP news, Media discussion, Within Victoria

AVP head Greg Adkins said today that community leaders were left with a sense that real movement is taking place in Victoria that ensures promoting understanding of difference and diversity has an equal place at the table in the Government of Victoria’s Respect Agenda.

Respect Minister Justin Madden and host, Cabinet Secretary and MP for Prahran, Tony Lupton have put the issues driving homophobia and harassment firmly within the Respect Agenda at a GLBTI Respect Agenda Round Table held in Prahran on Thursday 23 September 2010 (check out the participants here).

Two clear messages came forward. Its the start of generational change. And more work will come to ensure the issues of respect impacting community groups are better aligned. Together can then partner with the government to continue to build respect into its whole-of-government work and state-wide strategy of building respect in Victoria.

Yarra Flats Park sexual assault – information sought

// September 15th, 2010 // No Comments » // Incidents, Media discussion, Within Victoria

If you know the Yarra Flats Park area and have seen or heard of any information that could assist Police in their investigations of a sexual assault of a 13 year-old boy, the AVP urges you to come forward and speak with Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit

This man (pictured) is believed to have sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy in Eaglemont, in Melbourne’s north-east as he was walking along a bike path in the Yarra Flats Park, around 5.45pm (AEST) on Thursday, August the 19th.

He is described as being aged between 50 and 60, with a medium build, a fair complexion and weathered face, short grey curly hair and a bald patch.

If you need assistance to talk with police on this matter, please contact AVP on 0407664442 or email

Image of man is available online HERE.

Update from Police – Malvern assault investigation

// September 8th, 2010 // No Comments » // AVP news, Media discussion, Within Victoria

Victoria Police media report that all five suspects involved in the assault of a Caulfield North man last Thursday 2 September at the Malvern Railway Station have been identified.

Some members of the gay and lesbian community witnessed the assault and were encouraged to provide information to police by the AVP.

Police report that the men have all surrendered themselves after seeing themselves following media coverage of the incident.

Four of the five men involved in the assault have been interviewed over the past five days.

Malvern Police interviewed the first man, an 18-year-old from Frankston North after he surrendered himself to police at the Frankston Police Station on Friday 3 September.

An 18-year-old from Carrum Downs was arrested and interviewed on Sunday 5 September and two 15-year-old’s from Frankston North and Carrum Downs were interviewed on Tuesday 7 September.

A 17-year-old from Carrum Downs is expected to be interviewed by police in the coming days.

All five men have co-operated with police and assisted with enquiries.

They are expected to be charged on summons for assault related charges at a later date.

Victoria Police say that as a result of media coverage, a large number of witnesses also identified themselves and Police wish to thank the public and media for their assistance.

Volunteer Training – September 16th (Thurs) & 19th (Sun)

// September 7th, 2010 // No Comments » // AVP news, Within Victoria


    Coming-up – Volunteer Training for the Anti-Violence Project

SESSION ONE – Thursday 16th September – 6pm to 4pm
Level 10, 225 Bourke Street

Topics: AVP operations, development and history – relationships with Gay and Lesbian Liaison police – violence reporting and the upcoming expansion of AVP activity – role-plays and scenarios.

SESSION TWO:- Sunday 19th September – 1pm to 4pm
Level 10, 225 Bourke Street

Topic: Rolling Round Table – a range of GLBT community orgs with direct relevance to the AVP and the issues GLBT individuals have surrounding violence, will join the panel of volunteers in a conversation of the relationship their organisation has with the community and these issues. We’ll also explore the existing connections we have as organisations and envision future relationship potentials.

The aim of these two training sessions is to broaden the trainees view of AVP and its role, expand understanding of GLBT community, the other organisations that work alongside us and increase an awareness of the issues driving these organisations. Additionally we seek to “spark” the interest of our new volunteers encouraging them to think “outside the box” when addressing violence through the state-wide peak GLBT organisation, the AVP.

For more information please contact Greg Adkins