Creating Conversations

Creating Conversations sessions are designed to create opportunities to participate in cross-sector conversations - listening and responding to domestic, family and sexualised violence. The conversations draw from Insight Exchange insights and resources. Each session invites you to consider how your work (and our collective efforts) respond to people who are silent about, or silenced by, violence and abuse.

There is no one preference or path for support. Every responder, community and industry matters. Read more about why ecosystem responses matter.

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'Creating Conversations' Coming Up

In 2024 we are hosting three Creating Conversations sessions:

  • Parramatta (PHIVE) Western Sydney - May 2024 (see below)
  • State Library South Australia (Adelaide) - July 2024
  • State Library NSW (Sydney - City) - Oct 2024

We want to maximise the opportunity for cross-sector conversations, which is why these invites are tailored to individuals across sectors (not teams).

'Creating Conversations' 2023 & 2024

In 2023 & 2024 Creating Conversations sessions provide opportunity to participate in cross-sector conversations responding to Insight Exchange ideas and resources. Each session invites you to consider how your work (and our collective efforts) respond to people who are silent about, or silenced by, violence and abuse.

May 2024 (Paramatta) | The session involved 34 new and returning guests. Together we explored the resources: My Dignity - My body is mine, Intimate Dignity, Reproductive Dignity and Working with distressing content.  The guests included people working in Hotels, Clubs, Police, Support Services, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Research, Service responses for men who use violence, Australian Human Rights Commission, National Helplines, Arts, Research, Children's Hospital, Restorative Justice, University Teaching, Local Council, Community & Faith Based services, National Helplines, Humanitarian Agency, Women's Health NSW, and DCJ. 

Oct 2023 (Sydney City) | To build on these insights and conversations, together with new and returning guests we explored the resources below (May 2023), as well as I am I can and new resources: Dad - your choice hurts me & Being Safety and an Introduction to economic abuse. The session involved 47 people working in Aboriginal Community Housing, Arts, Australian Human Rights Commission, Community Restorative Services, Corrective Services, Education, Men's Behaviour Change, Royal Agricultural Society, Security Industry, Women’s Health and Equality, Centre for Women's Economic Safety, Children's Services, Department of Communities and Justice, Gaming Industry, Helplines (National), Retail Industry, Workplaces, Hotel Industry, Insight Exchange, Police Services, University & Research, Support Services (NSW & QLD) & Clubs Industry.

May 2023 (Sydney City) | The session involved 31 people working in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Research, Service responses for men who use violence, Clubs, Forensic Medical, Support Service, Community Restorative Work, Australian Human Rights Commission, National Helpline, Arts, Research, Security, Corrective Services, Local Health District, Hotel Industry, Restorative Justice, University Teaching, & Police. Together we explored the resources: Talk, Fear, An Imperfect Letter and Follow My Lead (Workplace Sexual Harassment).

'Creating Conversations' 2017 - 2018 

In 2017 Insight Exchange hosted its first Creating Conversations session involving fifty guests from across different sectors to exchange insights about understanding of and responses to violence and abuse. The first three Creating Conversations sessions (2017-2018) featured guest speakers Dr Linda Coates and Dr Allan Coates from the Centre for Response Based Practice. These sessions were recorded and made digitally available in short videos supported by digital facilitator Gavin Blake. The videos are available on this page (see below) and hosted on the Insight Exchange Vimeo Channel.

Featuring Dr Linda Coates and Dr Allan Wade from the Centre for Response Based Practice, the series supports individuals, communities and organisations in the service system and wider ecosystem, to understand domestic and family violence and to reflect on how to respond in ways that uphold dignity and build on safety.

Creating Conversations events are designed to:

  • Provide an opportunity for people and organisations that wouldn’t normally intersect or come together.
  • Create the conditions for conversations that enable sharing and learning about each other’s challenges, contexts and contributions.
  • Discover the possibilities for individual, organisational and collective responses and pathways for progress.
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