Events and Webinars

Upcoming sexual assault, domestic and family violence and related conferences, events and webinars from around Australia are listed here for your information. Where 1800RESPECT is attending, including stalls and speakers, is noted in the description for each event.

Safe Steps Walk Against Family Violence (WAFV2021)

When:   25 November 2021


The 2021 Walk Against Family Violence (WAFV) will take place across Victoria on Thursday 25 November. Join people across Victoria to raise awareness and walk in solidarity with victim-survivors of family violence and violence against women, at the 13th Annual Walk Against Family Violence.
Although we can’t walk together around Melbourne’s CBD like in previous years, we can still help raise awareness of and take a stand against family violence and violence against women in our communities by participating in a local walk or “walk from home” event (adhering to COVID-19 restrictions).

Domestic and Family Violence Response Training (DV-alert)

Domestic and Family Violence Response Training (DV-alert) is designed to build capacity in frontline workers within universal services for whom family violence is not a core function of their role.
Learn how to:

Engender Equality masterclass on Breaking the Trap: Working with Clients Experiencing Coercive Control

When:      6 sessions
                26 August - 28 October 2021
Type:       Online masterclass


Engender Equality is running a new online masterclass Breaking the Trap: Working with Clients Experiencing Coercive Control. Participants in the masterclass work directly with Dr Torna Pitman and a small group of peers in a relaxed 3-hour forum to explore the real-life application of coercive control theory. They also receive a Breaking the Trap practitioner resource for use in their own client work. There are six sessions running from August – October. Concession tickets are available.

Working well with Women with Disability Workshops

When:     5 workshops from 9 September - 25 November 2021
Type:       Online workshop


This workshop series is co-designed, developed and delivered with women with disability.  It is targeted to people who work in the sexual assault, women’s health and wellbeing and domestic and family violence workforce. The aim of the ‘Working well with Women with Disability’ series is to build confidence, knowledge, and skills to work well with people with disability experiencing sexual, domestic, or family violence.  It also provides information about where and how to access additional resources to support this work and good practice examples.  At an organisational level the series explores what it means to provide a service that is accessible, welcoming, and inclusive to people with disability. 

Week without Violence

Date:         18-24 October 2021
Location:   Online

Annual campaign to end violence against women. This year’s theme is ‘Connect, Listen, Believe: Contribute to healthy, happy families in our communities.” Get involved on social media and help raise awareness.

Sexual Violence Awareness Month hosted by Gold Coast Centre against sexual violence inc.

When:      1-29 October 2021
Type:       Online events


The Gold Coast Centre against sexual violence inc. is hosting various online events through October for professional and survivors.

When:      14 October, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm AEST

Each year during Sexual Violence Awareness Month we hold a candlelighting ceremony. The lighting of candles symbolises the hope we share for a future free of sexual violence and the support of a community that understands the importance of believing survivors.

When:       28 October, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm AEST

Join GCCASV Counsellor Julie as she shares insights into her own research on school responses to peer to peer sexual violence.

WESNET Webinar for SADFV practitioners on Social Media and Survivors

When:      27 October 2021
                 2-3pm AEST
Type:        Online 


This one-hour webinar covers the most common social media platforms used by Australians. We will discuss how DFV perpetrators commonly misuse social media and what can be done to support victim-survivors. We’ll also look at the data these platforms collect, store and share, and cover how victim-survivors can maximise the built-in privacy and security settings, use the abuse-reporting features and potentially document abuse.

Zahra Foundation Change Maker Luncheon Series

When:      29 October 2021
               12:00 pm  - 2:30 pm AEST
Type:        Luncheon 
Where:     The Highway
                 290 Anzac Hwy, Plympton SA 5038, Australia

Register for tickets here

Zahra Foundation is presenting a Change Maker Luncheon Series. 

The luncheon will include a panelist discussion with Shona Reid (CEO Reconciliation SA), Isobel Marshall (Young Australian of the Year), and Nicolle Rantanen (Public Trustee) on what leadership should look like in the decade ahead and in turn support women to find a safer future, free from domestic violence.

Enjoy a two-course luncheon and plenty of fundraising activities to help raise money for Zahra Foundation's vital programs and services. The aim is to raise funds to support 20 women to go through our programs and services, empowering them to rebuild their lives and create a secure future.

National Safe Work Month

When:     October 2021
Type:       Online 


National Safe Work Month is a time to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace. The Safe Work Australia website includes information on how to prevent workplace sexual harassment.
Visit the website here:

Blue Knot Day

Date:         28 October 
Location:   Online

Blue Knot Day is an Australian national day on which Blue Knot Foundation calls on all Australians to unite in support of the more than 5 million (1 in 4) Australian adults who have experienced complex trauma. See their website for a list of online events and workshops.

Day for Daniel

When:       29 October 
Location:   Online

Day for Daniel is Australia’s largest child safety education and awareness day. Held annually on the last Friday of October, Day for Daniel honours the memory of Daniel Morcombe.

ANROWS Webinar: Investigating Australians’ mistrust in women’s reports of sexual assault 

Type:       Online webinar
Date:       1 November 2021
                1:00 - 2:30 pm AEST


“Chuck her on a lie detector”: Investigating Australians’ mistrust in women’s reports of sexual assault, is an ANROWS qualitative research study that explores the factors underlying this community mistrust in women’s reports of sexual assault. 
This webinar will unpack the report findings and its implications for policy and practice across response services, the criminal justice system, education and the broader community.

WESNET training in Technology Abuse for SADFV practitioners

Date:       2 December 2021
               11am AEST
Type:       Online 


This two-hour webinar helps frontline workers working with survivors of SADFV identify the ways in which abusers commonly weaponise smartphones and discusses the effects these types of abuses can have on victim-survivors. In addition to perpetrator behaviours, attendees will learn how to identify the common smartphone technologies that abusers misused to harass, stalk, frighten, locate, isolate and control intimate partners.

Stop Domestic Violence Conference

When:       1-3 December 2021
Type:        Conference
Location:  Gold Coast


The STOP Domestic Violence Conference unites a range of professionals vested in improving the quality of life for everybody affected by domestic violence.

Indigenous Well being Conference

When:        6-7 December 2021
Type:         Conference
Location:   Cairns, QLD


Connecting Communities and Services to Close the Gap in Social & Emotional Well being. 
At the 2021 Indigenous Well being Conference, you will discover the latest Indigenous-led, grassroot programs and projects taking place around the nation and across the seas. You will learn how to implement practical evidence-based research into your service, and gain a greater understanding of Indigenous protocols, practices, and considerations.
Discover ways to connect with services, communities and clients when distance is a challenge, and hear about the existing health care gaps and strategies. With a program full of practical solutions, you will leave better equipped to effectively acknowledge and encompass physical, spiritual, and cultural needs of Indigenous populations.

The Rights of the Child Symposium hosted by AASW

When:       10 March 2022
Type:         Symposium
Location:   Online


During National Child Protection Week 2022 the Australian Association of Social Workers will be hosting The Rights of the Child Symposium: Safety | Welfare | Protection | The Future. The Symposium will bring together leading experts across the public, private and government sectors to discuss how we can collectively work to improve children's safety during the pandemic and beyond.