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PreventX 2019

PreventX 2019 - Connect. Explore. Activate.


Tuesday, 21 May 2019 – Melbourne


This prevention of family violence and violence against women event is a full day of inspiring, interactive, collaborative sessions with one< focus: you.

Take your pick of workshops, expert interactives, hands-on problem-solving sessions, and conversations with leaders driving this important work.

When is it?

DATE: Tuesday 21 May 2019

TIME: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Coffee and pastries will be available from 8:30am!

The Program

You’ve heard of ‘choose your own adventure’ books, right?

Well, just like in the books, you are in control of your Prevent X journey.

We’re offering over 60 different learning opportunities for you to choose from.

Session 1: Connect with an eXpert

PreventX brings together the best minds to takle the biggest challenges facing the Victorian prevention sector. This year it has been our priority to include more voices in these important conversations. 

During this session, you will have the opportunity to interact and engage meaningfully with sector leaders and experts of your choosing in a small group setting.

Check out the experts here

Session 2: eXplore workshops 

What are they?

PreventX is about eXploring the possibilities. Choose from a range of innovative and interesting workshops that will get you thinking creatively and build your practice skills and knowledge.

How do they work? 

Choose two of the 1 hour workshops below or take a deep dive with one of our focused 2 hour workshops.

1 hour workshops:

THE POWER OF STORYTELLING -  Kiri Bear – Consultant, Kiri Bear Consulting

Everyone knows that engaging ‘hearts and minds’ is crucial to preventing violence against women. We can all reel off the statistics to convince people of the importance of the issue but how do we engage their hearts? This workshop will introduce storytelling as a powerful tool for bypassing the rational mind and bringing the audience’s hearts on board with preventing violence against women.

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE ESSENTIALS -Maria Delaney – PVAW Capability Building Specialist, Domestic Violence Resource Centre and Cuong La - Senior Advisor, Practice Leadership, Our Watch

A community of practice creates a space for people to connect and reflect with their peers. Explore how to facilitate a community of practice, undertake a number of group and deep self-reflection activities and get a taste of what a community of practice can really look like.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF MEN IN PREVENTION - Dr Shane Tas - Senior Policy Advisor Masculinities, Our Watch

What is the role of men in prevention work? Take part in a deep-dive discussion about the key challenges and tensions when focusing on men and masculinities in efforts to prevent violence against women.

RESPONDING TO DISCLOSURES IN A PREVENTION CONTEXT - Jessica Maxwell – Counsellor Advocate/Primary Prevention Officer, Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) House

We know that when we engage in primary prevention activity we are likely to see a spike in disclosures of experiences of violence. Understanding and planning for this is critical when undertaking prevention work

THE MAN BOX - Michael Fendel - Coordinator, Community Engagement and Activation -Jesuit Social Services

The Man Box is a set of beliefs within and across society that place pressure on men to behave and act a certain way. Explore how young men encounter the Man Box rules in society and examine the significance of these findings for the prevention of violence against women.

UNRAVELLING RESISTANCE - Jess Boccia and Ellen Perriment, Domestic Violence Resource Centre

Too often conversations we really need to have are sidelined by disrespectful debates, sledging and generalisations. In this workshop you will explore some of the motivations behind common forms of resistance and develop practical strategies to create influence and bring people on side

BUILDING A RESISTANCE TOOKIT - Jess Boccia and Ellen Perriment, PVAW Trainers, Domestic Violence Resource Centre

A curated workshop designed for people delivering prevention training. Learn how to respond to curly questions, manage backlash and use practical facilitation tools to explain the benefits of gender equality.

 IT’S TIME WE TALKED: PORNOGRAPHY, YOUNG PEOPLE AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION - Maree Crabbe is co-founder and Director of the Australian violence prevention project, Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality.

Pornography has become the default sexuality educator for many young people growing up online. Explore why porn has become a violence prevention issue we can’t afford to ignore and what we can do to address it.

2 hour workshops:

ENGAGING MIGRANT AND REFUGEE COMMUNITIES - Caroline Ridler - Training Officer, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Prevention looks different for different communities. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Learn best practice models and principles for engaging and collaborating with immigrant, refugee and faith-based communities in violence prevention projects and programs.

EVALUATION: AN INTERSECTIONAL APPROACH - Loksee Leung - Research and Evaluation Lead, Equality Institute and Sarah Kearney - Coordinator Evaluation & Learning, Our Watch

We talk about intersectionality a lot in our sector but how do we meaningfully embed it? Join a facilitated discussion to explore this complex and evolving approach to the way we evaluate our projects and programs.

Session 3: Activate X conversations

Activate X conversations…what are they?

You don’t have to be an expert to lead a discussion at Prevent X 2019.

Have you got a question you want answered?

A trick that you’ve discovered that works!

A problem that you can’t seem to get to the bottom of!

Want to share a success story?

In the third session at Prevent X we’ll hand over to you. Anyone can lead a conversation or you can simply join one that sounds interesting! It’s up to you. The agenda is created live on the day and it’s about creative dialogue and conversation. Not talking heads.

If you would like to put your name and a topic/theme/question forward prior to the event please email

The important stuff

Tired of sandwiches? 

we are too! 

PreventX will be catered by Mabu Mabu, a Torres Strait owned and run business with an emphasis on using fresh, seasonal and native ingredients. 

We'll also have unlimited coffee made for us by BeanTo to keep you going all day! 

Forget awkward scilences.. PreventX will have live music during the breaks. 

You should attend if you are:

  • Curious
  • Passionate
  • Excited

The Victorian prevention sector is diverse, and PreventX has something for everyone. 

Governemnt, NGO, School, Community Organisation or Social Enterprise - we're all in this together. If you want an opportunity to learn something new, meet someone new, and create something new, PreventX is for you. 


-         There will be spaces for you to take time out if you need a break

-          The venue provides all-gender and accessible toilets

-          Payer room available

Getting there

Building 16 (Storey Hall) RMIT University

336–348 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000 (The corner of Swanston and La Trobe Street )

Closest Tram stops: RMIT University/Swanston street #7 or  Swanston St/La Trobe St #6

Closest Train Station: Melbourne Central Station

There is NO onsight parking available. The closest paid parking is off Russell Street or at QV/Melbourne Central.  

Inspiration from last year’s sold out conference

Achieving Generational Change – Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women Conference 2018 was a great SOLD OUT success. 

Watch this video for highlights.

FileHighlights from the Achieving Generational Change conference 2018

Still have questions?

Please feel free to get in touch with us directly. Email or call (03) 8346 5250.  

This event has been funded by the Office for Women 
(Department of Premier and Cabinet, State Government of Victoria)