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Can’t attend a training in person? Below are a variety of webinars and podcasts that are available for downloading.

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SALAR Starter Kit for Sustainable Gender Equality

September 27, 2012

Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions

This is the film you always wanted to see about gender mainstreaming. What’s it all about? What’s in it for me? How do I use gender management to achieve an overall improvement of services and operations? And how do I make improvements sustainable?

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Transformational Feminism webinar series: Webinar 1 – Transformative Justice

November 11, 2020

Women’s Health West

CW: Carceral experiences, family violence, violence and abuse. The following conversation may be distressing to some. If you are in need of support, please see the contact details below the video.

If you are in need of support, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Rainbow Door on 1800 729 367.

And if you or someone you know is experiencing family violence and in immediate danger, please contact Safe Steps on 1800 015 188. You can also contact us for family violence support on 03 9689 9588 or Elizabeth Morgan House on 03 9403 9400. If you are outside Victoria you can also contact 1800 Respect for support on 1800 737 732.

The prison system has been and is used as a tool of colonisation, capitalism and oppression. Criminal legal responses are often the main or only option made available to people experiencing violence.

In this discussion, we want to look at other innovative ways of dealing with conflict, family violence, abuse and harm without using a system that reinforces oppression. We want to start looking at the way we can work with our communities towards survivor healing and accountability of perpetrators.


Debbie Kilroy

Debbie is one of Australia’s leading advocates for protecting the human rights of women and children through decarceration – the process of moving away from using prisons and other systems of social control in response to crime and social issues. Debbie’s passion for justice is the result of her personal experience of the criminal (in)justice system and an unwavering belief that prison represents a failure of justice.

Elena Campbell

Elena is a lawyer, speechwriter and former political staffer who has worked in legal and social policy for nearly 20 years. Elena’s expertise includes therapeutic justice, equal opportunity and human rights, as well as the prevention and elimination of violence against women. At the Centre for Innovative Justice, Elena oversees a program of research focused on family violence, within which she focuses on perpetrator interventions and court processes.

Tabitha Lean

Tabitha is a Gunditjmara woman living on Kaurna country. She is a story teller, writer and passionate advocate for transformative justice approaches, decolonising the criminal justice system and prison abolishment. Currently completing her Masters in Aboriginal Studies, Tabitha hopes to use her studies to raise awareness of this nation’s brutal, violent and often lethal criminal justice system. As Tabitha puts it “the key to health, safety, stability and liberation has never and will never be found in punishment and imprisonment.”

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Agency & Resistance: Centring the Voices of Survivors in Violence Prevention

September 22, 2020

The Victorian Women’s Trust

On Tuesday 22 September the Victorian Women’s Trust hosted, Agency & Resistance: Centring the Voices of Survivors in Violence Prevention, a free webinar event attended by around 550 people all over Australia.

Speakers included Nicole Lee (violence prevention expert and disability activist); Fiona Hamilton (proud Trawlwulwuy woman and family violence educator); and moderator Jess Hill (author of See What You Made Me Do) discussing problematic victim-survivor stereotypes, and the importance of recognising the agency and resistance inherent in their stories. Thank you to WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange) for providing support to all attendees throughout the session; and special thanks to our Auslan interpreters.

Watch the video and read the transcript.

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Waiting decades to reduce domestic abuse isn’t an option

September 14, 2020

ANZSOG (Australia and New Zealand School of Government)

Approximately one quarter of women in Australia and one-third in Aotearoa/New Zealand have experienced at least one incident of violence by an intimate partner.

Across Australia and New Zealand governments have in recent years introduced reforms to prevent violence against women before it starts, improve support services and increase accountability for perpetrators. Ambitious reform agendas and the complex nature of domestic abuse create challenges for public managers across multiple sectors, including health, justice, policing, housing and education. And abuse rates aren’t declining, so maintaining hope and momentum is challenging.

This webinar brings together three leading researchers and advocates—Jess Hill, Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Dr Kristen Smith—to explore what needs to be done to address domestic abuse now.

Jess Hill’s debut book, See What You Made Me Do, challenges the notion that we must wait decades for gender equality to come about before we can reduce domestic abuse and looks to innovative solutions to address the issue now. An investigate journalist who has written and researched domestic abuse since 2014, Jess will speak to the misconceptions regarding domestic abuse and the need for urgent action.

Ann Dysart, Manager Community Partnerships and Programs, Ministry of Social Development in Wellington, New Zealand, will discuss E Tū Whānau – a kaupapa Māori initiative and five-year framework for the prevention of family violence. Emerging evidence validates the importance of cultural values and constructs to engage whānau (extended family networks) and communities and to trigger behavioural change.

Dr Kristen Smith, a medical anthropologist in the Centre for Health Equity at the University of Melbourne, will speak on family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and innovative approaches to prevention.

Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon, the Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Associate Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, will speak about recent research which found an increase in the frequency and severity of violence against women, as well as the emergence of new forms of violence, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. She will address the funding and resource implications of these findings.

Facilitated by Dr Bridie O’Donnell, Director of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation in the Victorian Government and ANZSOG Executive Master of Public Administration student. anzsog.edu.au/masters

Presented by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). Learn more here: anzsog.edu.au

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Strengthening accountability across perpetrator intervention systems

September 15, 2020

ANROWS (Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety)

A recording is now available for our webinar on ‘Strengthening accountability across perpetrator intervention systems’, exploring ANROWS research led by Professor Donna Chung from Curtin University.

In this webinar, our panel explored differences in the definitions of accountability and how this is reflected in policy and practice, and the need for coordinated perpetrator interventions systems to keep women and children safe.

The panel of experts included members of the research team Professor Donna Chung and Karen Upton-Davis from Curtin University, Elena Campbell, RMIT University and Rodney Vlais, Consultant.

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Trauma Informed Care and responding to sexual abuse disclosure

July 15, 2020

NEMHSCA (North East Mental Health Service Coordunation Alliance)

The NEMHSCA professional development working party are a group of service managers and senior leaders from clinical and community mental health, AOD, family and carer and community services who meet on a monthly basis to develop free workforce development and capacity building events for the regional workforce.  

The NEMHSCA PDWP in collaboration with the NEMHSCA Project Coordinator use their diverse service experience and understanding of workforce needs to develop and promote events and training activities. 

The events are designed to enhance practice knowledge, update new programs and initiatives to staff, connect local services and improve care coordination across the NEMHSCA region.

Trauma Informed Care and responding to sexual abuse disclosure

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Responding to the ‘Shadow Pandemic’ Webinar Series

August 19, 2020

Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, DV Vic

The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre are partnering with Domestic Violence Victoria, the peak body for specialist family violence services for women and children in Victoria, to deliver a ‘Responding to the Shadow Pandemic’ webinar series. Each session will provide an opportunity to hear updates and findings from the family violence sector and the Monash research team investigating family violence during COVID-19 as well as practice experts from relevant organisations. You can register for the webinars below. The webinar recordings will be made available on this page after each session.

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Strengthening Capacity for Multicultural and Settlement Services to support women experiencing violence 

June 10, 2020


This webinar will unpack new ANROWS research, ‘Multicultural and settlement services supporting women experiencing violence: The MuSeS project’.  The expert panel of researchers and practitioners will discuss:

  • how multicultural and settlement services regularly encounter and respond to clients who are experiencing violence
  • the strengths and constraints impacting service provision
  • key recommendations of the research for policy and practice.

There will also be a live Q&A.

This webinar is designed for practitioners and policymakers working within refugee, migrant and settlement services; and domestic and family violence services.

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Intersectionality and Diverse Communities: From Theory to Practice

June 1, 2020

Women’s Health in the South East

On 26 May presenters from Family Safety Victoria and Respect Victoria spoke about what is intersectionality, where it originated from, right through to new and emerging practical tools you can use to support your work.

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The Isolation of Domestic Violence 

April 17, 2020

The University of Melbourne

Professor of Social Work, Cathy Humphreys discusses the risks of family violence during COVID-19 isolation and which support services are working well

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Attraction and Recruitment Campaign Briefing

May 15, 2020

Family Safety Victoria

Family Safety Victoria briefing and demonstration of the Family Violence Jobs Portal.

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