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Under the Radar: Contemporary Challenges for Practitioners of Preventing Violence Against Women

On the 18th-19th June 2019, GEN VIC brought practitioners together with other allied workers to “dive deep into an intersectional approach” to primary prevention of violence against women.

“Different and diverse speakers I haven’t previously heard; often events are the same people. Great work.” 
“Fuelled the inner fire, thank you for organising.”
“Too many conferences are too surface – not this one!” 

GEN VIC’s Under the Radar Forum took a hard look at structural inequities and institutions, including colonisation, immigration and borders, housing and homelessness, policing and the criminal justice system, and our prevention of violence against women strategies. We also challenged our default assumptions about family violence exploring ageism, heterosexism and transphobia. We included presentations on older women in care, LGBTIQ+ folks, transwomen and sex workers.

Most presentations and panel discussions are available to watch below to support prevention practitioners and their organisations to build and strengthen their intersectional practice.


DAY 1: Invisible towers – Systemic violence, institutions and the prevention of violence against women

Panel Session One: In what ways do we need to think about and address colonisation an immigration structures, policies and processes in the prevention of violence against women.

Lidia Thorpe, Former Greens MP and First Nations advocate

Karla McGrady, Senior Practice Advisor, Our Watch.

Dr. Adele Murdolo, Executive Director, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Jiselle Hanna, Australia Asia Worker Links

Panel Session Two: Policing, courts and the prison system: an intersectional gendered lens on these institutions and the experience of violence

Lauren Caulfield, Advocacy & Law Reform Officer, Flemington Kensington Legal Service

Family Violence Justice Project Worker, Flat Out

Q&A Panel – policing and the justice systems and preventing violence against women, faciltated by Alyssha Fooks, CASA House

Session Three: People living homeless and those in assisted or independent group homes are experiencing serious forms of violence. How do we think about and address group homes and homelessness in PVAW and the PFV?

Marianna Codognotto, Senior Learning and Development Officer, Disability Services Commissioner

Andrew Edgar, Capacity Building Officer, Council for Homeless Persons

Q&A Panel on women impacted by homelessness, group homes and preventing violence against women, facilitated by Indira Narayan, GEN VIC Senior PVAW Project Officer


DAY 2 : Who are we excluding? Intersections between prevention of family violence and prevention of violence against women.

Where are the overlaps and divergences between prevention violence against women and preventing family violence. Where is our current PVAW practice focused? How do we consider gender diversity? What do we need to be doing to be more inclusive?

Dr Anne Stephens, Senior Manager Research and Evaluation, Respect Victoria

Panel Session: What are the opportunities to work across the close and interlinked campaigns around PVAW and PFV? Looking at gender diversity, older women, sex workers, and LGBTI people.

Hillary Knack, Senior Practice Advisor LGBTI Family Violence Prevention, Our Watch

Resourcing health and EDucation (RhED)

Melanie Joorsten, Policy Officer, Senior Rights Victoria

Ellen Poyner, Senior Consultant, Drummond Street Services and Robin Litvins-Salter, Project officer for WeDeserve, Transgender Victoria

Q&A Panel discussion on gender and how we frame our prevention work, facilitated by Jacinta Masters, Manager, GEN VIC

MC Claire Varley, Prevention of Violence Against Women consultant. 

Held on 18th and 19th June 2019 in Melbourne on the unceded sovereign country of the Wurundjeri-Woi-Wurrrung people.

This forum is part of GEN VIC’s Prevention of Violence Against Women Capacity Building Project funded by the Victorian Government.

For more information contact GEN VIC