In this webinar, we will be joined by an incredible panel of presenters with lived and work experience in family violence, the criminal legal system, support and advocacy. Our presenters will share practical strategies and responses they have come across within their communities to family and intimate partner violence and other forms of power and control.
The panel will be facilitated by Alice and Audrey, support workers at WIRE. Our presenters include:
- Julia Rose Bak — a queer, takatāpui writer, facilitator and volunteer in the phone-room at WIRE and full-time student based in Narrm (so-called Melbourne). Their work focuses on trauma, connection, collective healing, and their experiences growing up with a chronic illness.
- Petra Blagojevic — a queer trans workshop writer and facilitator for Undercurrent Victoria and family violence worker based in Narrm/so-called Melbourne. Petra’s work is informed by their belief in community education and building collective capacity to challenge and prevent family/intimate partner violence and support those who have experienced harm.
- A participant in the Women’s Leadership Group of the Women Transforming Justice Project, a community-based project aimed at reducing the number of women on remand in Victoria, through a partnership between Darebin Community Legal Centre, the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women (LACW) and Flat Out.
We will explore the questions:
- How do we understand safety? How has this changed during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- What barriers to safety have we come across? How are people overcoming those barriers?
- What responses have we seen from the service sector? What community responses have we been a part of?
- What are the creative ways that people are building safety and resilience for themselves and their communities?
This webinar is for anyone interested in hearing the ways that power and safety are being built in communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes anyone that is a part of a community that is working towards safety, workers in the family violence sector, volunteers and researchers.