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Domestic violence, post-disaster

"Interviews with 30 women in two shires in Victoria, Australia, confirmed that domestic violence increased following the catastrophic Black Saturday bushfires on February 7, 2009..."

Read more in Debra Pakinson's paper: Investigating the Increase in Domestic Violence
Post Disaster: An Australian Case Study by Debra Parkinson, Journal of Interpersonal Violence
2019, Vol. 34(11) 2333–2362. Stored here.

Debra Parkinson said in a post to GDN:

Sadly, the devasting 2020 Australian bushfires have again sparked increased domestic violence. These fires are unprecedented in the world, burning an area the size of England, killing more than a billion animals, destroying 3,500 homes, displacing 6000+ people and killing 34 peoople. The east coast of NSW and Victoria were ablaze, with some fires burning since November and even from June. They were uncontrollable and acknowledged as related to climate change.
Gender is central to understanding the social ramifications of disasters like this 2020 'Black Summer'. Suicides of men emerge, and domestic violence increases - adding to the burden of disaster experience for women and children.
Learnings from the 2009 'Black Saturday' bushfires have informed response to recovery this time around, with the Victorian Government working with the Gender and Disaster (GAD) Pod to train community recovery workers. Read this article to understand this critical issue: 'Investigating the Increase in DV Post disaster: An Australian Case Study' in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.


GDN Debra Parkinson receives the Mary Fran Myers Award

Lori Peek, new Director of the Natural Hazards Center, Boulder, Colorado, and Maureen Fordham of GDN with Debra Parkinson receiving the MAry Fran Myers award on behalf of herself and her colleagues. Read more here about this year's winners.

2017 Mary Fran Myers Award - to the Pacific-Oceania Region!

The 2017 Mary Fran Myers award has been awarded jointly to Debra Parkinson and the late Claire Zara, and the Victorian Gender in Disaster Collaboration, Susie Reid WHGNE, Helen Riseborough WHIN, Frank Archer MUDRI, Craig Lapsley EMV and Carmel Flynn DHHS

The group has made significant and sustained contributions to the body of knowledge on gender and disasters and has advanced gender-sensitive policy and practice, contributing to a worldwide network promoting women’s opportunities in disaster-related professions. Read more here.

UN Women 2017 Placing Pacific women at the forefront of disaster planning and response

Pacific Women and DRR

As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the centre of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work. Date: 17 January 2017. See more here




Disorientated and Immobile

Good&PhibbsThe study, Disorientated and Immobile: The Experience of People with Visual Impairments During and After the Christchurch, New Zealand 2010 and 2011 Earthquakes, was recently published in the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness. It involved 12 face-to-face interviews conducted after the September 2010 quake, but prior to the fatal 2011 February quake. Then, in February 2012, seven of the original participants were re-interviewed about how more than a year of earthquakes had affected their lives. Three staff members from the Blind Foundation were also interviewed in April 2011. The paper was co-authored by Dr Good and Dr Phibbs, along with Kerry Williamson, a research assistant from the Ministry of Justice. Read more here

Time to Act on Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

Time To ActUN Women has just published as new report: Time to Act on Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. An overview of progress in the Pacific region with evidence from The Republic of Marshall Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa.

This overview report presents evidence from the current literature and from primary data collection on the gender dimensions of climate change and disasters in the Pacific region.

Download the report from UN Women here or from the GDN website here




A new partner for GDN

GDN is partnering with Monash University's Disaster Resilience Initiative and its Injury Research Institute. We are opening a GDN Country Hub at Monash University so come back soon to see how our plans are progressing.


About Us

Welcome to the GDN Pacific-Oceania Regional Hub introduction page. This Regional Hub has only recently come into existence but development work is underway thanks to some early initatives by Dr Ros Houghton and Professor David Johnston.

The GDN Pacific-Oceani Regional Hub is hosted by Massey University Joint Centre for Disaster Research and a dedicated page can be found here:

GDN Pacific-Oceania Regional Hub http://www.massey.ac.nz/?ge5ca5410s

The contact person for this Regional Hub is Heather Gunn at Massey University Joint Centre for Disaster Research.

Pacific-Oceania Regional Hub

Link to the first Workshop

Go here for a page which outlines the first workshop to be held by the new Regional Hub and links to download presentations.

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If you are setting up or restructuring an organization then take a look at this: Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) have produced the Arrow Resource Kit (ARK) setting out their tried and tested management practices that reflect feminist principles. Link or Download [6MB]

'Women's Voices From The Floodplains: an economic gender lens on responses in disaster affected areas in Queensland and Victoria' by economic Security4Women (eS4W) and Justice Equality Rights Access International (JERA)here

Women and Disaster Information Sheets from Women's Health Goulburn North East, Australia here

Women's Health Goulburn North East 2011 Beating the Flames: Women escaping and surviving Black Saturday. Edited by Debra Parkinson and Claire Zara

Women's Health Goulburn North East 2011 The way he tells it: Relationships after Black Saturday Written by Debra Parkinson, and based on interviews by Debra Parkinson and Claire Zara


Partners for Prevention

Working to Prevent Gender-based Violence, is an interagency initiative of UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV in Asia and the Pacific.


National Rural Women’s Coalition and Network project: Weather the Storm – Women Prepare Contact Kate Lawrence