Events and Webinars

Upcoming sexual assault, domestic and family violence and related conferences, events and webinars from around Australia are listed here for your information. Where 1800RESPECT is attending, including stalls and speakers, is noted in the description for each event.

Domestic and Family Violence Response Training (DV-alert)

Domestic and Family Violence Response Training (DV-alert) is designed to build capacity in frontline workers within universal services for whom family violence is not a core function of their role.
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Holding nations to account for gender-based violence against women: CEDAW and 16 days of Activism

When:       26 November 2021
                  5:00 pm AEST
Type:         Keynote speech and panel discussion
Location:   Online


The Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre in partnership with the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre are thrilled to host Natasha Stott Despoja AO on 26th November 2021 to deliver a keynote on gender-based violence to coincide with the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women. In 2021 Natasha was appointed to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Violence against Women (CEDAW). Following Natasha's keynote speech, she will join a panel of Monash violence against women scholars to explore current challenges and commitments to ending violence against women in Australia, across the region and globally.

Full Stop Conversation Series with Australian of the Year 2021 Grace Tame

When:        30 November 2021
                  10:00am - 11: 30am AEDT
Type:         Online event


Australian of the Year 2021, Grace Tame will join Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia chief executive officer Hayley Foster to speak about the issue of sexual violence and the need for a national definition of consent. As a survivor-advocate herself, Grace is determined to create change by ensuring shame sits with the perpetrator, rather than the victim.
RDVSA is a proud advocacy partner, working with survivor-advocates to influence legal reform throughout Australia. This event will be facilitated by Meg Clement-Couzner. Meg (she/they) is a social policy expert in disability and gender-based violence. She is currently Assistant Director with the policy branch of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, leading work on domestic, family and sexual violence, reproductive rights and LGBTIQ+ issues.

WESNET training in Technology Abuse for SADFV practitioners

Date:       2 December 2021
               11am AEST
Type:       Online 


This two-hour webinar helps frontline workers working with survivors of SADFV identify the ways in which abusers commonly weaponise smartphones and discusses the effects these types of abuses can have on victim-survivors. In addition to perpetrator behaviours, attendees will learn how to identify the common smartphone technologies that abusers misused to harass, stalk, frighten, locate, isolate and control intimate partners.

Stop Domestic Violence Conference

When:       1-3 December 2021
Type:        Conference
Location:  Gold Coast


The STOP Domestic Violence Conference unites a range of professionals vested in improving the quality of life for everybody affected by domestic violence.

Indigenous Well being Conference

When:        6-7 December 2021
Type:         Conference
Location:   Cairns, QLD


Connecting Communities and Services to Close the Gap in Social & Emotional Well being. 
At the 2021 Indigenous Well being Conference, you will discover the latest Indigenous-led, grassroot programs and projects taking place around the nation and across the seas. You will learn how to implement practical evidence-based research into your service, and gain a greater understanding of Indigenous protocols, practices, and considerations.
Discover ways to connect with services, communities and clients when distance is a challenge, and hear about the existing health care gaps and strategies. With a program full of practical solutions, you will leave better equipped to effectively acknowledge and encompass physical, spiritual, and cultural needs of Indigenous populations.

Misidentification of women victim-survivors of family violence

When:       7 December 2021
                 10:00 am AEDT
Type:         Panel discussion
Location:   Online


This event will host an informed discussion on the issue of misidentification, looking at the systems in which misidentification occurs, who is most at risk of misidentification, and what role, if any, policy and law reform can play in better protecting victim-survivors who are at risk of being misidentified. Speakers: Dr Ellen Reeves (Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre), Professor Heather Douglas (Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne), Matt Addison (University of Melbourne), Ela Stewart (inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence) and Ashlee Donohue (CEO Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Women’s Centre, Redfern).

The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria: Unpacking Resistance

When:       8 December 2021
Type:         Training
Location:   Online


The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) is offering online training aimed at practitioners in gender equality and the primary prevention of violence against women on Unpacking Resistance. The training will be held over two sessions.

Achieving women’s safety and equality in the workplace

When:       9 December 2021
                  4:30 pm AEDT
Type:         Panel discussion
Location:   Online


As part of our Safe and Equal @ Work program the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre will host a virtual panel during the 16 days of activism to focus on women’s safety and equality in the workplace. The event will provide an opportunity for key Australian leaders to reflect on the need to improve women’s safety in the workplace and the importance of advancing our progress towards achieving gender equality, particularly in light of the gendered impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted to confirm that the panel will be facilitated by our Centre Director Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon and will feature the Victorian Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner Nikki Vincent and Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly.

The Rights of the Child Symposium hosted by AASW

When:       10 March 2022
Type:         Symposium
Location:   Online


During National Child Protection Week 2022 the Australian Association of Social Workers will be hosting The Rights of the Child Symposium: Safety | Welfare | Protection | The Future. The Symposium will bring together leading experts across the public, private and government sectors to discuss how we can collectively work to improve children's safety during the pandemic and beyond.