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 or may have experienced or perpetrated violence, and that family violence needs to be addressed throughout our wider communities. Many people are also 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 within LGBTIQ+ relationships with a view to a ‘whole-community’ approach to preventing 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 discussions around relationships; sexual interactions and consent; types of violence; and ways to respond to, heal from, or confront intimate partner violence. We also invoke discussion about gender and its relationship to violence, the reasons family violence and sexual assault are so prevalent, and broader ways we can challenge our understanding of gender norms and gender role expectations.
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 help challenge, prevent and stop family violence and sexual assault. 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 can explore various violence prevention strategies including ways to educate young people on issues of violence and violence prevention.
All of our workshops involve open discussion and the exploration of participants’ thoughts and beliefs. We believe that any educative work around violence prevention needs to involve an analysis of ourselves, and challenge the attitudes and myths that enable and perpetuate a culture of family violence and sexual assault.
We work with TAFEs/Vocational Education, universities and community groups 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 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 section for more information.
Some of the topics and exercises that we can cover in the workshops include:
What is violence, family violence and sexual assault? A discussion on the different types of violence
Drivers of family violence and challenging violence supporting attitudes including myths about violence against women
Gendered attitudes in the community and in the media
Exploring gender and what influences or creates gendered experiences and expectations, ‘men’ and ‘women,’ and their limits and possibilities
Recognising violence, risk factors, increasing support and safety options for those experiencing violence
Non violent communication skills and barriers to effective communication
Recognising and responding to those who cause harm, and perpetrator accountability
Violence in LGBTIQ+ relationships
Bullying and social violence, including racism and homophobia
Consent: realities, challenges, empowerment in sexual decision making and respectful sexual choices, a critical discussion around the limitations of the language of consent
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 perpetrated violence
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, and challenges
Broader community and social strategies towards violence prevention
Feedback we have received from TAFEs/Vocational Education, Universities and Community Groups:
Do you think this workshop will help you in the future?
“I learnt lots about the varying types of violence or abuse and how to talk to those who open up to us”
“Was able to give an understanding about how to facilitate a group discussion”
“Always enjoy engaging in group discussions and hearing everyone’s opinion. Reminds me to think outside of my values and beliefs”
“We shared our ideas about what we have to do to make better relationships”
“Extended critical thinking about relationships contexts and behaviours. Very helpful for future social work’
“Yes, because there is not enough focus on LGBTIQ+ violence when talking about family violence”
What was helpful?
“Getting everyone’s different opinions makes you consider thoughts you didn’t have yourself
informative, broadens my understanding of violence and the many contributing factors”
“A lot of useful information explained in easy to understand terms”
“Activities triggered really interesting convos, great mix of discussion and content”
“Gave useful information on running workshops for young people”
“The practice facilitation was valuable. It was nice to step into the shoes of the facilitator briefly”
“Understanding what services are available and how effective they are related to family violence”
“Being asked questions and being asked to explain our thinking. Also listening to other students and presenters”
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