PiP Network Meeting Notes, Wednesday 16 July 2014

Close to 40 people attended the most recent PiP Network Meeting, held on Wednesday 16 July. The meeting included presentations from:

Maree Crabbe, Reality & Risk project, Brophy Family and Youth Services

Maree explored how pornography and explicit sexual imagery is influencing young peoples’ understandings and experiences of gender and sex. She introduced her project’s soon to be released secondary school resource, In The Picture: Supporting young people in an era of explicit sexual imagery. This resource, which uses a gender-based violence prevention framework, includes a range of materials to support secondary schools to develop a whole school approach to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery.

View Maree’s presentation here.

Paul Linossier, CEO, Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children

Paul discussed the role of the Foundation and its newly developed strategic directions. He noted:

  • The Foundation is a bipartisan initiative of the Victorian and Federal Governments, recently joined by the Northern Territory Government. The Foundation aims to gain membership from each state and territory government.
  • The first task of the Foundation, following its launch, involved consultation with more than 200 organisations across Australia. See the report of this consultation here. This consultation shaped the foundation’s strategic directions.
  • The consultation identified that ‘primary prevention’ is a well-utilised term with several definitions.  The Foundation is working towards building consistent messaging and understandings of primary prevention. This includes a new National Framework for PVAW, working with VicHealth and building on the existing VicHealth Framework.
  • The Foundation has three priority areas: 1) women with disabilities, 2) Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women and 3) Indigenous women.
  • The role of the Foundation will be to connect with everyday people to engage public discourse and drive broad social change. Practical tools to achieve this will include engaging in social media and mainstream media and supporting the work and forming partnerships with PVAW workers (including PiP members).

Two PiP members shared the ideas, strategies and tools that they have found successful in building respectful relationships with children and young people

1)      Teneille Summers, Preventing Violence Against Women Officer, City of Darebin.

Teneille outlined her learnings in building sustainability into working with schools on respectful relationship education. These include:

  • A transparent partnership approach, where both parties are learning from one another, supports a collegial experience
  • Being clear about what is negotiable and non-negotiable. While Darebin Council was flexible about how the project was rolled out, they were clear about the need to focus on gender equity and what is required to deliver respectful relationships education
  • Initial conversations about a partnership to embed respectful relationships education are supported by offering a RRE program to show what could be done within the PE curriculum.

2)      Mathew Kerr, Safer Communities Project Officer, Monash University

Mat shared four tools he uses to engage students:

  • In a mixed gendered group, first ask males what they do on a daily basis to stay safe (response: mostly nothing). Then ask the same question of women (response: a long list).
  • Ask each person in the room to write down the names of a female loved one onto three separate sheets of paper (a different name per sheet). Mat takes one sheet and participants keep the other two. Mat explains that statistically, the woman named on the sheet he has taken will have experienced violence.
  • In a group discussion, Mat explores the difference between equality and equity.
  • Mat performs an exercise around consent. He first asks the males in the room if they would stop sexual activity to ask for consent (response: mostly no). He then asks the women in the room if they would like sexual activity to be stopped to be asked for consent (response: mostly yes).


Acknowledgement of country

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