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About

In 2017 we facilitated a series of conversations about abusive relationships, supporting survivors, confronting abuse, accountability and transformative justice. Our aim was to create spaces to normalise these conversations. We wanted to be able to examine victim-blaming attitudes that perpetuate and enable abuse and to encourage ourselves and each other to talk more about these issues within our friendships, families and communities.

The workshops were designed to build from one another, but they also stand alone.

The workshops were FREE to attend. Each workshop ran from 6.30-9.00 pm.

The workshops were facilitated by:

Anne-Lise, Avanthi, Ani, Vincent, Petra, Rachael, Matilda, Emily and more. 

Watch this space for more of these workshops for 2018.

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Workshops: 

Monday, 7th August..........Introduction to Abuse in Relationships

This workshop will explore violent, abusive, controlling and coercive behaviours, with a focus on gendered violence. We will also examine the links between interpersonal abuse and structural as well as lateral violence and oppressions.

Tuesday, 22nd August.......Introduction to Abuse in LGBTQIA+ 
Relationships

@ Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick, Victoria 3056

This workshop will explore violent, abusive, controlling and coercive behaviours in LGBTQIA+ relationships, looking at the particular forms violence can take. We will discuss frameworks for
understanding violence within these relationships.

Monday, 4th September....Myths about Violence and Abuse

@ Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick, Victoria 3056

This workshop will explore common myths and assumptions about who abuses, who experiences abuse and what causes abuse. We want to look at what experiences are silenced, purposefully or not. We want to examine the way these myths create barriers for people seeking support or for communities confronting violence.

Tuesday, 19th September.... Supporting Survivors of Sexual
Violence and Family Violence

@ Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick, Victoria 3056

This workshop will examine safety, risk, agency and autonomy for survivors of violence. We will discuss skills, tools and resources we can draw on to provide support for survivors and practice ways of responding when someone shares their experience of violence with you.

Monday, 2nd October....... Sexual Consent

@ Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick, Victoria 3056

In this workshop we will focus on sexual consent. The focus on sex-positivity in anti-violence work has meant a framing of consent as 'sexy'. However, this language does not capture everyone's experiences of sex and or of consent. This workshop will examine power relations within consent, broaden the common definitions of consent and explore and challenge rape culture.

Monday, 16th October.........Accountability for People Who Cause
Harm

@ Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick, Victoria 3056

This workshop will explore accountability. We want to examine what different approaches to accountability look like, using a transformative justice framework. We want to examine what it means to hold someone accountable and discuss the contradictions between our ideals and our practices. We will explore how our communities reflect structures which enable abuse and assault to happen unchecked and examine strategies and barriers for change.

Monday, 30th October..........Principles and Frameworks for
Accountability

@ Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick, Victoria 3056

This is a panel discussion exploring different frameworks for individual and community accountability.

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Undercurrent is a non-profit organisation focused on building healthy relationships and challenging beliefs and actions that enable violence, with an emphasis on
interpersonal and gendered violence. We run engaging, discussion-based workshops with secondary schools, 
community groups, organisations, TAFE/VE, universities, and for the public. 
For more information go to
http://www.undercurrentvic.com/

We acknowledge that this workshop series is taking place on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri & Bunurong peoples of the Kulin Nation.

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Resources

Introduction to Abuse in Relationships:

Introduction to Abuse in LGBTIQ+ Relationships:

Myths about Violence and Abuse:

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault and Family Violence:

Sexual Consent:

Accountability for People who Cause Harm:

Panel: Principles and Frameworks for Accountability:

**the workshop guides contain a brief outline of the workshop, and do not contain all that was discussed.

Resources for all the workshops: