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The Partners in Prevention (PiP) network supports its members to develop an evidence based understanding of a whole school approach to respectful relationships education (RRE). PiP builds the capacity of its members to support and partner with early childhood services and schools in Victoria to develop, implement and evaluate this approach.

PiP is funded to support community sector and local organisations focusing on RRE in Victoria, including family violence and sexual assault services, local government and community and women’s health services.

The PiP network includes more than 900 members from across Victoria, with some national and international membership.

PiP is resourced by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and funded by the Victorian Government.

What PiP provides members?

This website

This website includes information and tools to support PiP members to develop an evidence based understanding of a whole school approach to RRE and build their capacity to work with early childhood services and schools to implement this approach.

Events

PiP events support members to come together and hear from guest presenters, share ideas and discuss their work. See notes and recordings from previous meetings and keep an eye on the homepage and bulletin to stay posted on upcoming meetings and speakers.

Training

In 2016, PiP piloted training to build the capacity of practitioners to work in partnership with schools to develop, implement and evaluate an evidence based whole school approach to RRE. Information about further training will be included in the bulletin and on the homepage.

Email bulletins

Bi-monthly email bulletins keep PiP members updated with the latest information, tools and details of upcoming events.

Sign up to receive the bulletin by email

Advice

DVRCV can provide organisations with individual advice to support their work with early childhood services and schools. Please email prevention@dvrcv.org.au or call (03) 9486 9866 to contact the PiP team.

How do I join PiP?

Use the quick sign up form on this website to join the network and receive our monthly bulletin. PiP members get all the latest news, tools and information of upcoming events.

PiP evaluation

Nine year review

In 2016, PiP commissioned a review of the effectiveness and impact of the network since its inception in 2007. The review found key benefits of PiP to include:

  • Support for members to shift their practice to better align with the evidence base. The review found that most PiP members (83%) have made an attempt to bring their practice in line with current research as a result of their involvement with the network.
  • Provision of information and an environment that enables members to understand the evidence and its implication for their own work.
  • Connection, networking and partnership development with others in the sector, particularly the network’s role in alleviating professional isolation and providing a space for members to discuss their practice in depth.
  • The opportunity to test ideas and work through challenges with the PiP Coordinator and with relevant organisations.
  • Access to information and resources through email bulletins and the dedicated PiP website.
  • Having specialist experts and senior officials present at network meetings, who they may not otherwise have access to.
Quotes from this review include:

[PiP has] been that key place to build my capacity and my understanding of the complexity of the work, of the key principals and frameworks that underpin the work. — PiP Member

2011 Project evaluation

An evaluation of PiP was also completed in 2011. The findings in this evaluation clearly indicate that the PiP project was successful in building the professional capacity of RRE practitioners in Victoria and fostering a community of practice around this work.

Acknowledgement of country

DVRCV and the PiP network acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of the lands and waters throughout Australia.

PiP is resourced by