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Responding to and preventing family violence - The role of early childhood professionals

Responding to and preventing family violence - The role of early childhood professionals

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DVRCV was thrilled to partner with the Community Child Care Association to deliver a sell-out, Victorian-first conference to help early childhood professionals respond to and prevent family violence. 

The conference was supported by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and sponsored by the Department of Education and Training (DET).

Conference materials

Plenary Session One: What is violence against women and what does it mean in my work?

'Violence against women' with Emily Maguire, CEO, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV)

Emily discussed the prevalence, dynamics and impact of family violence to guide the work of educators.

Understanding family violence | Emily Maguire, DVRCV (PowerPoint PDF)

'The effects on children' with Janet Williams-Smith, Director Service Development & Strategy, Early Childhood Management Services (ECMS)

Drawing on information presented by Emily, Janet discussed what it means for the early childhood professional; exploring how the information discussed connects with our role in the early years, with a focus on identifying and discussing the effects of family violence on children and their development.

The effects on children | Janet Williams-Smith, ECMS (PowerPoint PDF)

Plenary Session Two: The drivers of violence

'Change the story: What is the evidence?' with Dr Lara Fergus, Director, Policy and Evaluation, Our Watch

Drawing on Australia’s National evidence-based framework for preventing violence against women, ‘Change the Story’, Lara outlined the drivers of violence against women and discuss how we can address them.

Change the Story: What is the Evidence? | Lara Fergus, Our Watch (PowerPoint PDF)

'Applying the evidence to your work' with Kate Phillips, CEO, YMCA Ballarat

Kate explored how the drivers of violence against women emerge in childhood and can be reinforced through early childhood education. She looked at how educators can respond to these drivers to prevent violence against women in future generations.

Applying the evidence to your work | Kate Phillips, YMCA Ballarat (PowerPoint PDF)

Other presentations & workshops

Creating a gender equitable learning environment | Brian Newman (PowerPoint PDF)

Challenging the drivers of violence | Sharon Simon, DVRCV (PowerPoint PDF)

News coverage

'Early child care teachers, educators learn how to identify family violence', Jessica Longbottom, ABC News 13/07/16


Media release

'Early childhood professionals play key role in tackling family violence', DVRCV Media Release, 11/07/16

Conference Aims

Early childhood educators are in a unique position to support the children and families they work with, as well as their colleagues experiencing violence. There is significant opportunity to work with children to develop a foundation of gender equity and respectful relationships to help prevent violence in the next generation.

This conference aimed to build the capacity of early childhood educators to respond to and prevent violence against women. It sought to provide an understanding of:

  • The prevalence, dynamics and impact of family violence to guide the work of educators
  • How to identify and respond to family violence in early childhood centres
  • What the research says the drivers of violence against women are, how these drivers present in early childhood and opportunities to address these drivers in early childhood settings
  • How can the workplace be used as a setting to prevent and respond to violence against women


Wednesday, 13 July 2016 - 8:30am to 4:30pm


Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, Corner Bell St & St Georges Rd, Preston


DVRCV, in partnership with Community Child Care Association


$110 (CCC/MAV Member)

$176 (Non Member)


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