PiP webinar – From personal growth to systemic change: The power of Communities of Practice

Recorded on Tuesday 6 October 2020, this webinar unpacked and explored DVRCV’s evidence-based model of communities of practice that has been tailored for the Victorian primary prevention of violence against women sector.

Our facilitators Emma Hardley and Kiri Bear talked through the direct benefits of joining a DVRCV Community of Practice – including safety, support, collegiality and a space for reflection. They also discussed the findings of DVRCV’s latest research paper ‘Learning together: strengthening approaches to primary prevention through communities of practice’.

When prevention workers feel safe, supported and part of something bigger, our sector is stronger. Watch the recording below to explore the transformative power of Communities of Practice.

To support your further learning around Communities of Practice, we recommend the following resources:


Emma Hardley
Prevention of Violence Against Women Specialist, Capability Building
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

Emma works across all elements of DVRCV’s PVAW delivery, focusing particularly on building the capability of prevention practitioners across Victoria. Emma is a highly experienced trainer and facilitator, developing and delivering PVAW training packages and events, and facilitating communities of practice (CoPs) for the prevention sector.

Kiri Bear
Kiri Bear Consulting

Kiri is passionate about ending violence against women and liberating us all from rigid gender roles. She was the founder of the Partners in Prevention Network at the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and has been working toward the primary prevention of violence against women for 15 years. She is currently a consultant specialising in teaching people about PVAW and gender equity. This leaves space for her to pursue her creative life as a poet and storyteller.

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