Hi all,

Please join us for our final Queer Family Violence Sector Network event and meeting for 2021 - our annual QFVSN Social Mixer. We'd love to see you there - virtually or in person!

We've also listed some other events that may be interesting to QFVSN members.

Please find details below.
Warm regards,

Shamini, Ash, Matt and Amelia

Queer Family Violence Sector Network

QFVSN Meeting 4 - End of Year Social Mixer Events

This year, so that we can make the End of Year Social Mixer accessible for as many of you are possible, we will be holding two end of year events - a virtual and an in-person event. Our end of year event is a great opportunity to meet other folks in the sector, build connections and wrap up the year in a warm and social way.


When: Thursday 2 December, 1:00 - 2:30pm
Where: Zoom

If you are unable or unwilling to meet up in person, please join us for a virtual QFVSN Social Mixer on Zoom. We will be playing some games and networking. It will be great to see you!
RSVP for the Virtual Social Mixer here

When: Thursday 2 December, 4:00 - 5:30pm
Where: The Rochester Hotel, 202 Johnston St, Fitzroy.

We have a table booked for a social mixer on the afternoon of Thursday 2 December. Please join us for a drink to wrap up the year.
RSVP to the In-Person Social Mixer here

Other Sector Events in December

Victoria University 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Event

Date:           Wed 1 December 2021
Time:           3:00 PM - 4:00 PM AEDT
Location:    Online

The Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University, Professor Adam Shoemaker, invites you to his Annual Leadership Event during the global 16 Days of Activism Against
Gender-Based Violence campaign.

The Vice-Chancellor will host a conversation between Kate Phillips, Interim CEO, Women’s Health West [soon to be known as GenWest] and Marian Cronin, VU’s Associate Director of Inclusion and Engagement and incoming Chair of the regional partnership Preventing Violence Together.

GenWest champions gender equity, passionately serving the people of Melbourne’s west, and working towards a future free from violence and oppression, where everyone can live safe and healthy lives. VU’s participation in the Preventing Violence Together partnership is an important focus of our commitment to prevent gender-based violence within and beyond the University.

Russell Vickery will then speak about his own experience of violence in a same-gender relationship, the barriers he faced accessing family violence services, and how his advocacy now seeks to recognise that the rigid gender norms which drive men’s violence against women also contribute to normalising violence and abuse towards LGBTIQ people in our society. Russell is the LGBTIQ representative on the Victorian Government’s Victim Survivors Advisory Council.

The Vice-Chancellor and the President of the Victoria University Student Union, Kate Benesovsky, will then launch the newly completed RESPECT mural – a collaboratively painted community artwork that demonstrates VU’s commitment to equality and progressive inclusivity, for all members of our diverse community.

Register here

Addressing sexual violence and abuse impacting LGBTIQ+ communities

Date:           Mon 6 December 2021
Time:           2:30 PM - 3:30 PM AEDT
Location:    Online

Join Full Stop Australia and ACON for an informative discussion on sexual violence and abuse and its impact on LGBTQ+ communities.

Led by informed experts in collaboration with ACON, the conversation will include public/street harassment, discussion around different kinds of sexual violence experiences and how myths/stereotypes can make it difficult to talk about sexual violence and access support.

You'll also hear about important research being undertaken by ACON to address these issues.

Panellists include:

  • Shaez Mortimer (she/her)
  • Dr Bianca Fileborn (she/they)
  • Professor Nicole L Asquith (she/they)
  • Sid Pettitt (they/them)
  • Jinny-Jane Smith (she/her)
This event will be facilitated by Eloise Layard (she/her)
Register here

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