On March 22nd, 11 members of the National Women’s Branch took part in a teleconference to talk about a disturbing topic for women today, domestic violence.
During the link-up, participants heard from Psychotherapist and author Marina Bakker, who spoke about her book Dangerous Liaisons: Red Flags of Dating and Relating, which is available in audio through the Vision Australia Library.
Two recommendations came out of the session:
- That regular phone-based Womentalks continue to discuss specific topics, such as Safety Planning;
- That refugees are educated on the needs of, and issues faced by, women who are blind or vision impaired.
Participants were provided with the website for the service, 1800Respect, listed below, which offers information about:
- Domestic violence/ abuse;
- safety planning;
- Services available to people who are experiencing domestic violence/ abuse.
1800Respect also provides a 24-hour phone counselling service on 1800 737 732 as well as online counselling.
If you would like to talk further about any matters related to violence and abuse against women, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me by phone or email, using the details in our contact directory.