Sector Updates

Hi all,

The last few weeks have been fit to bursting with events, including our Service in the Spotlight events with the LGBTIQ+ Liaison Officer Program at Victoria Police, and the Family Violence Restorative Justice (FVRJ) Service team. We have included recordings to these events below.

Our final QFVSN event for the year will be the Queer Family Violence Sector Network Mixer - a social networking event for networkers at the end of a hard year! Join us virtually or in person on Thursday, 2 December.

Finally, we have included links to some events coming up to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, some wonderful Intersex resources to make use of, and some free training opportunities with Minus 18 and LivingWorks Australia.
Warm regards,

Shamini, Ash, Matt and Amelia

Queer Family Violence Sector Network

QFVSN Meetings

QFVSN Meeting 4 - Network Social Mixer

Join us for a social networking event at the end of a hard year! Join us virtually or in person on Thursday, 2 December.

Save the date, and confirm your attendance using the link below. More details will follow.
Save the Date for the QFVSN social event here

QFVSN Service in the Spotlight

The Queer Family Violence Sector Network hosts a series called "Service in the Spotlight", which showcases services and programs that are relevant to the LGBTQ+ family violence sector, in an effort to build better referral pathways within the sector.
[RECORDING] Service in the Spotlight: LGBTIQ+ Liaison Officer Program, Victoria Police

This latest short webinar on 4 November featured Jeremy from the LGBTIQ+ Liaison Officer Program at Victoria Police.

Victoria Police have appointed a number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer liaison officers (LGBTIQ+ Liaison Officers) across the state. The LGBTIQ+ Liaison Officers (LLO) Mission Statement is to contribute to the creation of mutual trust between police, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and intersex persons so they have increasing confidence in police through the provision of fair and equitable policing service.
Link to recording
[RECORDING] Service in the Spotlight: Family Violence Restorative Justice Team
The Family Violence Restorative Justice (FVRJ) Service team, from the Victorian Government Department of Justice and Community Safety, presented on 14 October. 

The FVRJ Service facilitates restorative conversations for victim survivors of family violence. Their staff support victim survivors to talk about the harms they have experienced in order to heal and move forward from their experience of family violence. They are committed to helping people of all gender identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions and abilities. This includes transgender and gender diverse people of all presentations, as well as cisgender men and women.
Link to recording

Free Training Opportunities

Minus18 is funding free digital LGBTQIA+ inclusion education workshops for regional and rural schools and community organisations across Australia!

This is not a drill: the Minus 18 Education Team will deliver online LGBTQIA+ professional training (or a youth workshop!) to your school, community group, council youth group, completely for free – no strings attached.

They have the funding, now they just need to book the groups!

  • These workshops are for schools, community groups, community services, councils, youth groups, not-for-profits
  • Group must be based in a regional / rural community – anywhere in Australia
  • Minimum of 30 people in your group
  • Note: Sessions will be delivered digitally (live, with loads of interactivity), ideally before June 2022
Click here for more information
safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. 

LivingWorks Australia has been funded through the National Suicide Prevention Trial to provide LGBTIQA+ affirming safeTALK workshops in Victoria.

The next workshop will be Monday 13 December at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

To register your interest for this or future workshops, email Renee at 


Transgender Day of Remembrance: Online Panel

When: Thursday 18 November, 1-2:30 pm
Where: Online (registration link below)

Join us online for an afternoon of conversation and performance, as we bring together our transgender communities and allies to remember, to listen, and to reflect on this important date.

Guided by our MC, Star Lady, this event includes:

  • A Welcome to Country by N’arwee’t Dr Aunty Carolyn Briggs AM;
  • Words by Todd Fernando, Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities;
  • Performances by Amao Leota Lu;
  • A Q&A-style panel featuring transgender-identifying BIPOC speakers, chaired by Mama Alto.

We hope you can join us for this important event.

This Transgender Day of Remembrance event is produced by Switchboard Victoria, in partnership with Koorie Pride Victoria (KPV), Zoe Belle Gender Collective (ZBGC), Many Coloured Sky (MCS) and Transgender Victoria (TGV).

Register here

Transfemme Website Launch

When: Friday 26 November, 11:00 - 12:30
Where: Online (registration link below)

The Transfemme Project

Transfemme is a website designed to promote healthier relationships between trans women and cisgender men. 

This event will include discussion on the findings and learnings with the creators of the Transfemme website, including a panel with the participants of the project. Discussions will involve topics including: the fetishisation and objectification of trans women, navigating consent and pleasure, passing and beauty myths, “coming out” to family and friends, the impacts of gender stereotypes and rigid gender roles, and the impacts of shame and stigma on cis men.

Transfemme has been supported by Rainbow Health Victoria and funded through the Office for Women.

Register here

Stop Domestic Violence Conference

When: 1-3 December
Where: Online and in person (registration link below)

We are delighted to announce the program for the 2021 STOP Domestic Violence Conference is now available.
Discover what's on the agenda and join us to explore our 2021 theme, Strong Words, Stronger Actions: Creating Change Now & For Future Generations.

We are able to provide QFVSN subscribers with a 10% discount on registrations. To validate this discount, please visit the conference website below and use the code STOPDVCOMMITTEE when registering.

Tickets available here

Video Resources


Rainbow Health Victoria:
"What is the Evidence Base in LGBTQ+ Family Violence Interventions and Prevention?”

This 2 hour briefing by Rainbow Health Victoria’s family violence team was recorded at the 2021 LGBTQ Family Violence Forum in August, 2021. It was an opportunity to unpack and ask questions about the most up-to-date research findings, important learnings from the evaluation of impact of previous strategies, and key focus areas of ongoing LGBTIQ Family Violence research, prevention and sector capacity building.

The briefing provided participants with an opportunity to best understand the current evidence base, work to date, and range of supports available from Rainbow Health Victoria to work collaboratively towards Australia becoming a place where people of all genders and sexualities can live free from violence.

Print Resources

Inclusion guide to respecting people with intersex variations

This guide includes information about who intersex people are, helpful terminology, defining inclusion, measuring inclusion, intake forms and research, and a checklist on using appropriate terminology.

You can download the Inclusion Guide below.
Download the Guide here

Raising the Bar

How to be an intersex ally, respecting the diversity of the intersex population, doing your research, using appropriate language, acknowledging leadership and prioritising consent.

You can download Raising the Bar below.
Download the Guide here

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