Against Gender Based Violence

Awareness. Accountability. Action.

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TAFE Gippsland campuses are situated within regional areas of Victoria, which have some of the highest rates of Family Violence.

As part of our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community, we are providing a webinar as a platform to discuss ‘Changing Community Attitudes’ around gender based violence.

The webinar will be offered during the16 Days of Activism and includes leading guest speakers who have experience working in gender-based violence.

TAFE Gippsland acknowledges the impact that gender based violence has on women. We acknowledge their lived experience and resilience over many generations.

In this session we look forward to hearing from male speakers, acknowledging that men have an active role to play in reducing gendered violence. Often women feel responsible for leading the change. We welcome this opportunity for men to be engaged in the conversation and promote their role in being part of the solution.

Who will be presenting?

Phil Cleary


Phil Cleary grew up in Coburg in Melbourne’s northern suburbs where he completed an Arts degree at La Trobe University, majoring in politics and sociology.

He is a former teacher, footballer and independent member of the federal parliament – winning former PM Bob Hawke’s seat of Wills at a by-election in 1992 and at the general election in 1993. He is the author of three books; Cleary Independent (1998), Just another little murder (2002) and Getting away with murder (2005).

Since the murder of his 25-year-old sister, Vicki, in 1987, Phil has been at the forefront of the campaign to stop violence against women. It’s widely acknowledged that his books, newspaper articles and media commentaries were pivotal to the abolition of the law of provocation in Victoria and changing community attitudes to violence against women.

Phil is a member of the Victorian Government’s Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council – along with Rosie Batty – which advises the government on the implementation of recommendations made by the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Jeremy Schroder


Jeremy Schroder has worked across several areas within the community services in East Gippsland for 15 years and currently leads the foundation of a grassroots, peer-led, contemporary not-for-profit organisation East Gippsland Men's Health (EGMH).

EGMH Programs and initiatives are delivered under 4 pillars: Healthy minds (mental health) Healthy routines Healthy body Healthy limits. EGMH has a mission to build future frontline preventative and education programs along with forums and events in line with the needs of the East Gippsland community and the Australian Men’s and Boy’s National Health Strategy 2020-2030.

Jeremy has also held various other roles, including:

  • Indigenous Youth Mentor -Bairnsdale Secondary Collage
  • Personnel Support Program Worker - Quantum Support Services (QSS)
  • Specialist youth worker - Gippsland East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative (GEGAC)
  • Intake Assessment, Child FIRST, and Family Violence Worker - Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH)
  • Upward relieving manager intake assessment, Child FIRST, family violence teams - Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH)
  • Bush Fire Case Support Program (BCSP) Interim team leader- Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH)
  • Executive Officer - East Gippsland Men's Health

Owen Smeal


Owen has been a member of Victoria Police for 18 years, working frontline duties at both metropolitan and country locations.

In 2010 Owen specialised as a Detective in the Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) for six years before transferring to general crime investigation.

2019 saw Owen promoted to Detective Sergeant at the East Gippsland Family Violence Investigation Unit (FVIU). The Unit is responsible for managing all family violence incidents that occur within the East Gippsland Shire geographical area.

Through an evidence based triage process, the FVIU’s aim is to identify and manage high risk and complex family violence investigations. The FVIU is a victim-centric role focussed on reducing the risk of ongoing family violence and working closely with external service providers to ensure that a person affected by family violence has appropriate supports moving forwards.

Chris Gibson


Men’s Behaviour Change Principal Facilitator –Yoowinna Wurnalung Aboriginal Healing Service.

Chris grew up in Latrobe valley and moved to East Gippsland 2 ½ years ago. Married with 6 adult children and 10 grandchildren, Chris started out doing AOD work about 10 years ago and moved to Men’s Behaviour Change facilitation 5 years ago.

Chris is now the principal facilitator in Men’s Behaviour Change and enjoys working with Aboriginal men to help change their behaviours.

The Orange Door


The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children.

Part of the Victorian Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, The Orange Door strengthens support for children and families.

The Orange Door network is now operating in 10 of the 17 Department of Health and Human Services areas in Victoria with state-wide coverage to be complete by 2022.

A representative from The Orange Door will speak about their experience.

Who should attend?

Men and women in the community. Staff. Students. Anyone who wants to learn, understand and broaden the conversation around gender based violence – an issue for both men and women.

*warning - Please note this video covers topics such as sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, physical violence, and identity-based discrimination and harassment. This content may be difficult to view and we encourage you to care for your safety and well-being.

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