The predominant explanatory models of family violence, domestic violence and intimate partner violence that are widely used in research, government policy, the services sector and in broader society, are both binary gendered and heteronormative. These models exclusively focus on “the most dominant pattern of violence occurring in the home: the gender-specific dynamics of violence perpetrated by men against women” (Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, 2011). While this focus on the unequal power relationships between men and women accurately describes the majority of family violence occurring in Australia, it also serves to exclude, hide or disregard the dynamics of violence in same-sex relationships, relationships involving heterosexual trans people, or those involving non-binary and/or intersex people. We would argue that many LGBTIQ+ people do not identify what they are experiencing or have experienced as family violence due to the general lack of recognition of its existence in same-sex or gender diverse relationships (Leonard et al. 2006).
We can run single or multi-session workshops. Research shows that education programs are more effective in changing attitudes, beliefs and behaviours when they run over multiple sessions. Our facilitators also prefer multi-session workshops as they give space for participants to develop deeper critical thinking skills, and provide an opportunity to talk in depth about the topics. We recognise that it can be hard to find time to incorporate multiple workshops into your curriculum or program, and we are able to adapt our workshops to fit into the time you have available. At a minimum our workshops run for 90 minutes. We design workshops specifically to address the needs of schools/organisations/groups/young people, and take into account the time requirements of the workshops, and the age of the participants.
As we believe in the importance of peer facilitation, our LGBTIQ+ programs are always run by facilitators who identify as LGBTIQ+. Workshop participants can often relate to our facilitators, and often acknowledge feeling able to have honest and involved discussions around issues relevant to them, and to ask questions they may not always feel comfortable asking. We aim to give participants the tools to explore their own ideas in a positive and non-judgemental space.
Some of the topics and exercises that we can cover in workshops include:
What is violence? Recognising types of violence, including discussions of violence, unpacking homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and misogyny. What is heterosexism?
Family and Intimate Partner violence in LGBTIQ+ relationships and communities
Myths contributing to violence, and myths and stereotypes impacting LGBTIQ+ people
Power and control in both friendships and intimate partner relationships
Sex and consent with an LGBTIQ+ focus, and attitudes around sex and sexuality
Consent: realities, challenges, and empowerment in sexual decision making and respectful sexual choices
Relationships with sex, body image, identity, community and popular culture
Deconstructing gender. We recognise that everyone experiences gender differently and we aim to discuss gender in ways that are empowering and inclusive for trans and non-binary participants
Supporting LGBTIQ+ people who have experienced violence
Sexual health and sex education: we discuss sex and sexuality in ways that aim to de-centre compulsory heterosexuality, and that are inclusive of trans and non-binary people
Resources & support services
Feedback we have received about our LGBTIQ+ program:
Was today useful for you? Why?
“Spending time with similar people. Talking about hard things”
“Encouraged breakdown of gender stereotypes and was relatable to everyone”
“It’s always good to be with my trans mates and have open convos”
“It gave me more of an insight and awareness around LGBT+ violence and other different forms of violence”
“Hearing other’s experiences and opinions in a safe and accepting space”
“To understand the issues that LGBT+ communities face around violence, the lack of understanding, education and support from our current system and the different types of violence”
“Learning about social/structural violence, how society impacts seeking support”
“Being able to talk about my sexuality openly with others”
“Learning to support my friends better”
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