PiP Webinar – Keeping primary prevention of violence against women on the agenda: Learning from local government

Councils work with people across all life stages and across a number of settings including health, the arts, sport and recreation, and community strengthening. From filling local library shelves with books that resist gender stereotypes to implementing mentoring programs to equip more women to run for local government, many Victorian councils have taken significant steps toward embedding the prevention of violence against women into everything they do.

Thank you to those who joined us for our conversation with Susan Rennie, the Mayor of the City of Darebin, the Municipal Association of Victoria’s Kellie Nagle, as well as Mandy Roche and Krissy Nicholson, two experienced prevention practitioners from both metropolitan and regional councils.

Recorded on Wednesday 9 September, this webinar unpacks and explores:

  • The role of local government in preventing violence against women, and how this has changed over the last decade
  • How local government has harnessed creativity to embed prevention across different areas of the community and service provision
  • Tips for keeping prevention of violence against women and gender equity work on the agenda in the current COVID-19 context



To support further learning around the prevention of violence against women in local government and keeping primary prevention on the agenda, we recommend the following resources:


Susan Rennie
Mayor, Darebin City Council

Kellie Nagle
Policy Advisor, Preventing Violence Against Women, Municipal Association of Victoria

Mandy Roche
Equity and Inclusion Officer, Mornington Peninsula Council

Krissy Nicholson (read our PiP member spotlight on Krissy)
Family Violence Prevention Officer Safer Communities, City of Casey

Maryanne Clarke
Prevention of Violence Against Women Training Manager, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

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