Adelaide 19 – 22 September 2016 Prevalent & Preventable, international conference on preventing violence against women and their children

New speakers, early bird registration closing 17 July, and more

Prevalent & Preventable is an international conference dedicated to exploring the emerging opportunities and challenges of preventing violence against women and children across the diversity of Australian society.

Working from the latest international and national evidence, Prevalent & Preventable brings together practitioners, policy makers and researchers to develop solutions to end violence against women.

The conference will translate international ideas into local spaces, and focus on actions to end the high rates of violence against women and children in Australia and across our region.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women with disability and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds need to be front and centre in efforts to end violence against women. Prevalent & Preventable will explore ways to prevent violence while tackling discrimination and disadvantage faced by these communities.

The conference will also explore how best to work with children and young people as agents of change to end violence against women in Australia.

Planning for the conference is well under way with the program firming up quickly.

We are proud to announce more of the great speakers who are set to appear alongside our international keynote speakers. These include:

  • Ms Natasha Stott Despoja, AM Chair, Our Watch and Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls
  • Ms Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year, campaigner against family violence
  • Ms Mary Barry, CEO, Our Watch

Other exciting sessions that have just been confirmed include:

  • Jennifer Uwineza and Andrew Taukolo from #R4Respect in Logan City speaking on campaigns and cultural change in the community
  • Members from the Young Women’s Advisory Group (AWAVA’s sister alliance) and members from the Equality Rights Alliance sharing their experience as young people creating change
  • An Our Watch Media Training Session that will include advice and tips for how the sector can communicate with the media to get increased and appropriate coverage of the issue involved in violence against women and children.

Alongside the program there will also be a small exhibition, so if you have a product or service that you wish to publicise to attendees, don’t miss this opportunity – spaces are very limited so contact the Conference Secretariat ( to discuss what’s available.

Early bird registrations closing 17 July!

Register now to take advantage of the early bird registration rate – rates increase on 17 July. With early bird rates ending so soon, you will need to be quick!


As with any conference, we couldn’t do this without our sponsors and we are delighted to welcome the Northern Territory Government’s support. We thank all our sponsors, especially our Principal Sponsors – the South Australian Government.

Does your organisation want to become involved at a different level? How about supporting another delegate to attend, or sponsoring a session/speaker? Contact the Conference Secretariat (, visit the website or phone +61 2 6162 0345 to discuss the various opportunities available. We can tailor a package to suit your budget.

Stay in touch!

Want to keep up-to-date with the conference? Register your interest at, email or follow us on Twitter: @AWAVA_women, @OurWatchAus, @WESNETAustralia, @AusAWG or @Julie_Oberin