Past seminars and webinars

PiP Webinar – Supporting a whole school approach to respectful relationships education

23 June 2020

This webinar unpacked and explored what a whole school approach is and why it is important. Watch the recording and access the resources.

PiP Webinar – LGBTIQ inclusive prevention in conversation with Rainbow Health Victoria

27 May 2020

LGBTIQ communities experience family and intimate partner violence at rates equal to or higher than non-LGBTIQ people. In conversation with Jackson Fairchild of Rainbow Health Victoria, this webinar explores the complexities that drive this violence. Watch the recording and access the resources.

PiP Webinar – Preventing violence against women and family violence in faith settings

12 May 2020

Faith communities and settings are an important environment where social beliefs and norms are shaped. These beliefs and norms have the potential to either promote violence or protect against it. Watch the recording and access the resources.

Responding to Disclosures in Prevention Settings

On 13 February 2019, more than 60 practitioners attended the first PiP seminar event of 2019 and had an engaged conversation with a panel of experts, educators and practitioners. They discussed key considerations and practical techniques to safely respond to a disclosure from a colleague or a child/young person and how to better embed response thinking and principles at the early planning stages of a project. Panel speakers included:

Deanne Carson – CEO & Co-founder, Body Safety Australia
Alyssha Fooks – Program Leader, Education Training and Development, CASA House
Sangwon Lee – PVAW Project Officer, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
Deborah Robins  Foundation Teacher, Brunswick North West Primary School
Genevieve Sheppard – Senior Education Advisor, Our Watch

Embedding Student Voice – 14 November 2018

On 14 November, we hosted our final Respectful Relationships seminar series event for the year. The panel speakers discussed the importance of student voice in respectful relationships education, and explored ways to engage young people and avoid tokenism. Panel speakers included:

Jarrod Bateup – Project Lead, Respectful Relationships, Western Melbourne Area, Department of Education and Training
Nina Laitala – Executive Officer, Victorian Student Representative Council
Michelle Ko – Student Executive, Victorian Student Representative Council
Rachel Messer – Senior Health Promotion Officer, Inspiro
Briony O’Keeffe – Teacher, Fitzroy High School
Olivia Dower – Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective member


Unpacking Resistance –  24 July 2018

This event featured a presentation by Catherine Morland, from the Municipal Association of Victoria, on the backlash against councils following a media storm around gender equity and children’s books, and the MAV’s response.

The following panel discussion featured:

  • Liz Murphy, Vic Health
  • Tracey Egan, City of Monash
  • Omar Marzouk, Minaret College

Early childhood – 19 April 2018

On 19 April the PiP seminar series brought together a panel of experts and practitioners to discuss respectful relationships in early childhood settings.

The conversation spanned both theoretical and practical considerations, as well as the myriad opportunities and challenges that can arise when working in this space. The panel discussion was rich, dynamic and practical, providing many real life examples of how the community sector can effectively work with early childhood services to embed respectful relationships education.

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.

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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