Community of practice: register now

  • Learn from other practitioners
  • Test ideas and solve problems collectively
  • Share your wisdom
  • Discover new and exciting opportunities with your colleagues

We arepleased to offer two communities of practice for respectful relationships practitioners in 2017-18; one face-to-face and one online.

The face-to-face community of practice is suited to practitioners who have been working in the field of respectful relationships for 18 months or more. As a community of professionals committed to deepening your learning, engaging in rigorous group problem-solving, and sharing your wisdom, your facilitators will provide the structure and process for your sessions and you – the group – will determine the content of focus for each gathering. The overall purpose of this group is to strengthen your day-to-day respectful relationships work by supporting and challenging each other to engage with and align to the evidence-base, and to ensure that you, as a cohort of valued professionals, maintain your role and relevance in Victoria’s rapidly growing respectful relationships field. First meeting: Tuesday 10 October 2017, Melbourne CBD.

The online community of practice is suited to practitioners who have been working in the field of respectful relationships for less than 18 months. This group will utilise modern technologies to build a robust working knowledge and skilled application of the evidence-base. Your facilitators will take an active role in guiding the focus of each session to ensure that all foundational elements of the evidence-base are covered. The needs of the group will be acted upon by the facilitators, and you you, as a cohort of professionals, will determine the degree to which you focus on various elements of the evidence-base. You will have the opportunity to bring both small and complex questions and problems to the group for exploration and solution. There will be scope for sharing your ‘wins’ and the small and significant ways in which you have already found success in doing respectful relationships work. First meeting: Wednesday 25 October, Melbourne CBD/online – subsequent meetings will be convened online.

Overall, both communities of practice are aimed at strengthening and extending the knowledge, skill and aptitude of respectful relationships practitioners in working with schools and other educational settings to prevent violence against women.

Both the face-to-face and online group will meet five times over a six month period from October 2017 to April 2018. We will thoroughly evaluate each of the groups, the learnings from which will guide future respectful relationships communities of practice offered by DVRCV.

How do I join the community of practice?

Please register your interest below.

A community of practice refers to a “Group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis. […] These people don’t necessarily work together on a day-to-day basis, but they get together because they find value in their interactions, as they spend time together, they typically share information, insight, and advice. They solve problems. They think about common issues. They explore ideas and act as sound boards to each other …

(Wenger, McDermott and Snyder 2002: pp. 4–5, cited in Ranmuthugala et al., 2010: pp. 1–2).

For further information, please contact the PVAW Specialists at DVRCV on 9486 9866 or email

Acknowledgement of country

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

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