We run workshops and education programs with people of all ages from TAFEs/Vocational Education, universities and community groups. While much violence prevention education work is centred on young people, this program acknowledges that people of all ages may be experiencing, may have experienced or may have perpetrated violence, and that family violence needs to be addressed throughout our wider communities. Many people are completing higher education courses to work with people who may be experiencing or have experienced family violence in professional settings.
The focus of this program is to raise awareness of gendered violence and violence in LGBTIQ+ relationships with a view to a ‘whole-community’ approach to prevent violence. We aim to empower people and increase their capacity and skills to recognise and respond to violent situations, challenge widespread beliefs and attitudes that enable violence, seek help for themselves, and support friends or people they may come across in their workplaces who are experiencing or have experienced violence.
About the Workshops:
In our workshops we create space for discussion and critical thinking around relationships, interpersonal/intimate violence, sex and consent, gender and sexuality and ways to confront and respond to interpersonal violence.
Our workshops for TAFEs/Vocational Education, universities and community groups are tailored specifically to the needs of the particular group. We work with mixed gender groups, groups of women and groups of men from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds and viewpoints. We deliver content related to participants’ lives, discussing their experiences and knowledge of violence in order to provide tools to challenge violence and violence enabling attitudes.
We also deliver content relating to participants’ future professions and roles, building skills to assist people to recognise, respond to and support people they work with who may be experiencing violence. Our workshops cover various violence prevention strategies, creative facilitation, and strategies to explore the complex realities of relationships, abuse/interpersonal violence, sex and consent with young people.
All of our workshops involve collaborative dialogue and the exploration of participants’ thoughts and beliefs. We believe that educative work in violence prevention needs to involve an analysis of our own values, and challenge the attitudes and myths that enable and perpetuate a culture of family violence and sexual assault.
We will work with your organisation to determine which topics we will cover to respond to your specific aims. We are able to run small group workshops or present to larger lecture-sized groups. These sessions can be single-session or run across multiple weeks. At minimum our workshops run for 90 minutes.
We also offer professional development for community workers and TAFE/VE/University teachers on violence prevention: see our Professional Development/Capacity Building section for more information.
Some of the topics and exercises that we can cover in the workshops include:
Mapping a shared understanding of family violence and sexual assault
Recognising and responding to violence and understanding risk
Exploring power and control in both friendships and intimate partner relationships, within gendered dynamics and LGBTIQ+ relationships
Frameworks for understanding widespread family violence, including violence within LGBTIQ+ relationships
Exploring intimate partner and family relationships—critical thinking around expectations, myths and attitudes about gender, relationships and sex
Exploring relationship skills—negotiating boundaries, communication strategies, expectations and assumptions
Challenging violence supporting beliefs and attitudes including myths about abuse/violence, gender and power
Exploring gender and what influences or creates gendered experiences and expectations, ‘men’ and ‘women,’ and their limits and possibilities
Bullying and social violence, including racism and homophobia
Supporting people experiencing or who have experienced violence, safety planning and where to seek help, and resources and services for people who have experienced or enacted harm
Recognising and responding to people who have caused harm including accountability and behaviour change strategies
Broader community and social strategies towards violence prevention
Transformative justice, community accountability and the limitations of the criminal legal system in addressing family violence and sexual assault
Constructing and delivering violence prevention, respectful relationships and positive sex education programs—issues, focuses, challenges, creative facilitation strategies
Consent: realities, challenges, empowerment in sexual decision making and respectful sexual choices—a critical discussion around the limitations of the language of consent
Feedback we received from TAFEs/Vocational Education, Universities and Community Groups in 2018:
“Always insightful to have complex and critical conversations”
“It was great to share perspectives with everyone and discuss practical personal strategies for change”
“Workshop forced me to question and challenge my views/thoughts. Equipped me with vocabulary to bring up and address issues. Clear outline of strategies to help survivors.”
“Very informative, increased critical thinking, great broad knowledge”
“It developed on my learning from our family violence unit, particularly when thinking of practical work with clients”
“Provoked thoughts about complex and relevant issues. Provided action useful for helping others.”
“Increasing clarity around the issue of violence and equipping us with strategies to manage situations”
“Very informative on how to provide support for survivors”
“Questions were asked which made me question my own values/ideas”
“Open non-judgemental discussion and hearing different perspectives”
“The workshop was well tailored to the specific problems/issues our group faces. Excellent/patient/understanding approach/questions.”
Free or by donation.