Archive for October, 2015

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

Tackling violence against LGBTI people and defenders

// October 9th, 2015 // No Comments » // Around the globe, AVP news, International

From Geneva, Anna Brown writes for the International Service for Human Rights about Tackling violence against LGBTI people and defenders.

Governments must also take steps to curb violence and protect individuals from discrimination, she says.

This should include measures to improve the investigation and reporting of hate crimes, torture and ill-treatment, to prohibit discrimination, and to review and repeal all laws used to arrest, punish or discriminate against people on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, just to name a few. All too frequently, authorities (in some countries) fail to properly investigate crimes, even if victims have the confidence to make a complaint. As the statement by the UN agencies makes clear, this leads to widespread impunity and lack of justice, remedies and support for victims.

Anna Brown writes that we can take heart from the positive progress in many parts of the world. In Australia there has been legislation introduced to a number of states to erase or ‘expunge’ historic convictions for consensual homosexual conduct. Recently in Ireland reforms have ensured that transgender people have access to birth certificates on the basis of their own declaration rather than requiring stigmatising and invasive medical procedures. Improved responses to LGBTI hate crime, including training of law enforcement officials and specific specialist taskforces or prosecuting teams dedicated to tackling bias-motivated violence have been introduced in countries such as in Spain, Honduras and South Africa.

Anna Brown is Director of Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, a former ISHR trainee and Co-Convenor of the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaHRLC.


Shouting back: Street harassment & justice research

// October 8th, 2015 // No Comments » // Research, Within Victoria

If you are currently aged 18 or over, live in Melbourne (including surrounding suburbs), and have ever experienced street harassment in Melbourne, you are eligible to take part in this research study funded by the La Trobe University ‘Transforming Human Societies’ Research Focus Area and being run by Dr Bianca Fileborn, from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University.

The AVP urges you to consider participating in this street harassment research


Steet harassment can be a very common experience. It includes a wide range of harassing or abusive behaviours occurring in public spaces, such as:
excessive staring,
verbal comments/cat-calling,
and wolf-whistling.

While harassment is common, there is currently very little Australian-based research on street harassment. Likewise, despite the apparent prevalence of street harassment, it is often not responded to by the criminal justice system or through other avenues. The AVP experience is that violence is vastly under-reported and harassment is reported even less so.

Bianca Fileborne’s project explores experiences of street harassment, and potential responses to street harassment, in Melbourne, Australia. It seeks to document the characteristics and impacts of street harassment in Melbourne, and to explore what justice ‘needs’ victims of street harassment might have, and the ways in which these needs could be fulfilled.

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

FREE LGBT relationship enhancement program – register now!

// October 1st, 2015 // No Comments » // Relationships, Research, Within Australia, Within Victoria

LaTrobe University partnered by The Queensland University and Couple Care are offering a FREE LGBT relationship enhancement program.

This world first research is about making relationships better and stronger and helping same-sex couples achieve a higher level of relationship satisfaction.

Register your interest now: