Conversations About Community Accountability

Thursday, 5 March 2015 - 6:30pm
Meeting room 1 Trades Hall 54 Victoria Street, Carlton

A panel discussion about community accountability and transformative justice responses to sexual and intimate partner violence

How do we respond when sexual and gender violence occurs between people we know, or in our communities or movements? What role can our communities play in maintaining safety, supporting survivors and increasing accountability? What are the challenges and questions in this work locally? How have communities been successful in this work and what can we learn from them?

Transformative Justice and Community Accountability (TJ/CA) are community-based models, outside the criminal legal system, to heal from and respond to violence on an individual level while seeking to prevent violence and transform the root causes and conditions that allow and support violence occurring.

Please join us for a panel discussion that reflects on the challenges and successes of community accountability work around Melbourne, and also explores the lessons, core principles and insights from Philly Stands Up!’s experience coordinating perpetrator accountability processes, and undertaking survivor support, training and community organising work for more than a decade.

Panelists include:
Jenna Peters – Golden (Philly Stands Up!)
Annelise Ah-fat, Anita Thomasson and Lauren Caulfield (Undercurrent)
Rodney Vlais (No To Violence)

About the evening
The venue is wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments will be provided. For any questions or requests including interpretation, please contact info[at]

(This workshop will assume a basic familiarity with the concepts of Transformative Justice and Community Accountability to further explore challenges and opportunities, and how these models can be applied locally. For information and resources see:

Philly Stands Up!: Practising transformative justice to confront sexual assault through community accountability
Philly Stands Up! (PSU) is a Philadelphia-based survivor-led and community-focused collective who have been working with both survivors and perpetrators of sexual assault using a transformative justice framework for more than a decade. PSU work directly with people who have perpetrated sexual assault, coordinating processes which aim to hold them accountable for their actions and meaningfully change their behaviour. In addition to coordinating local accountability processes, PSU has published a number of community accountability resources, conducted workshops and trainings across North America and is actively involved in a growing network of groups using transformative justice networks in their communities.

Undercurrent Community Education Project is a non-profit, collectively-run organisation focused on challenging and preventing violence in relationships, with a particular focus on violence against women, domestic violence and sexual assault. Undercurrent facilitates workshops to promote respectful and non-violent relationships with schools, community groups and other organisations.

Undercurrent co-directors have been involved in Melbourne-based work to develop and operate community-based response processes to instances of domestic and sexual violence transformative justice frameworks, as an alternative to the criminal legal system.

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