Inspired and unified
"My advocacy has been my light out of the darkness. Now it's time to give all stories like mine a different ending by giving them a different beginning - by stopping the violence before it starts."
This year’s conference for professionals working to prevent family violence and violence against women began with a moving and insightful address from survivor advocate Russell Vickery (pictured) who spoke about how important stories from victim survivors are in unifying us around our common goal: to prevent violence from occurring in the first place.
PreventX Online was formally opened by Minister for Family Violence and Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams, who laid out the Victorian Government's commitment to funding and supporting primary prevention.
A panel of experts articulated the challenges of the pandemic and how the ‘tyranny of urgency’ has impacted prevention work. They explored how lessons of 2020 and from Aboriginal and migrant communities can change the narrative and rebuild a more equal society.
In her role as Emerging Practice Manager at Our Watch, Karla McGrady translates the primary prevention evidence base into practice. She highlighted the early action, strong messaging and clear prioritisation of Elder care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities’ responses to COVID-19, demonstrating the importance and value of Aboriginal self-determination.
The pandemic has highlighted that when Aboriginal people are listened to, and what they say they need is actioned, the results speak for themselves.
- Karla McGrady, Emerging Practice Manager, Our Watch
On the second day, an uplifting conversation about the national and global feminist and prevention movement provided attendees with a real sense of hope about the future.
Everyone working in prevention is imagining a different future. We're all here with the belief that violence is not inevitable.
- Emma Fulu, Executive Director and Founder, The Equality Institute
A series of lightning talks highlighted on the ground prevention activity in a diverse range of settings, featuring experts from Women with Disabilities Victoria, Rainbow Health Victoria, cohealth and the Department of Education and Training.
Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta writer and activist Nayuka Gorrie closed the conference with a moving and insightful keynote.
We live in a culture where violence against women is absolutely entrenched, so when we talk about prevention, we're talking about turning the tide of history itself.
Postponed in April due to public health restrictions, DVRCV adapted the conference to the online format with attendees sharing ideas and connecting via an online noticeboard.
Connecting with others is crucial for those working to prevent violence against women and family violence. The Partners in Prevention (PiP) network offers a range of ways to connect including an online community, webinars and in-person meetups, as well as regular email bulletins, practice resources and more.