Respectful Relationships in Victoria: Seminar series

The inaugural Partners in Prevention seminar series launched in October 2017. Find out more and watch videos from the events below.

Early childhood – 19 April 2018

Join us for a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges in embedding respectful relationships education into early childhood contexts.

This is also a valuable opportunity to connect with other respectful relationships professionals, with dedicated networking time and lunch provided.

Guest speakers will be announced soon.

Engaging with parents and the wider school community – 27 February 2018

The Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Minister for Women, Natalie Hutchins, attended this event to announce the Victorian Government’s commitment to fund the Partners in Prevention program’s continued expansion in 2018-19. Following this, a panel of representatives from the community sector, parents and the Department of Education and Training discussed the importance of parent and community engagement in this work.

The video of this event will be available soon.

Working effectively with schools – 28 November 2017

Respectful Relationships in Victoria: Working effectively with schools, the second in the 2017-18 PiP seminar series, was held on Tuesday 28 November, 2017. More than 60 people attended the event, which featured an engaging panel discussion between representatives from the community sector, schools and the Department of Education and Training. The essential role of the community sector was highlighted throughout the discussion, with the panel providing practical ideas about how to work effectively with schools.

A thoughtful audience Q&A finished off the session, followed by lunch and networking. Many people reported feeling more confident and inspired about the role of the community sector in working with schools to implement a whole school approach.

Setting the scene – 26 October 2017

This event featured a panel of experts and practitioners discussing the current respectful relationships landscape in Victoria and the significant work and policy momentum that has brought us to this point.

Guest speakers included:

  • Emily Maguire, CEO, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (Moderator)
  • Dr Marion Frere, CEO, Office of Prevention and Women’s Equality
  • Justin McDonnell, Director Engagement, Inclusion and Support, Department of Education and Training
  • Dr Pamela Bjork-Billings, Senior Education Advisor, Our Watch
  • Jess Boccia, Respectful Relationships Practitioner and Consultant
  • Professor Helen Cahill, Director Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education


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