Breaking cycles of intergenerational trauma through whole of sector change
Conference Date
29th & 30th August 2017
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
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In Australia, 25% of all children have been exposed to domestic violence

Children are too often the silent, unacknowledged victims of family and domestic violence. Exposure to violence can trigger ongoing fear, grief and self-blame, leave children at risk of intergenerational trauma and even lead to the development of coercive or abusive behaviours in the future. However, children can also be the key motivator for change and healing when working with perpetrators or victims - and their experiences and best interests need to play an integral role in improving services across the sector.

The 'Child Centred Approaches to Ending Family Violence' conference brings together leading case-studies, practices and recommendations to improve child-centred, family-focused approaches to ending family violence.

This conference will focus on:

  • Strengthening family-informed services for mothers
  • Increasing accountability of perpetrators who are fathers
  • New strategies for direct, therapeutic work with children
  • Culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal families
  • Working alongside adolescents who use violence in the home
  • Boosting interagency collaboration & workforce capability

Who will attend? Federal and State Government Departments, NGOs & Service Providers with responsibilities for:

  • Family & Domestic Violence
  • Women’s Services
  • Family Support Services
  • Children & Child Protection
  • Men’s Behavioural Change
  • Family Law & Justice

If you are being affected or know someone who is being affected by family violence, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.  Australian residents only.

Attend to learn:

  • Ensure the needs, interests & voice of the child play a key role in work with victims & perpetrators
  • Improve therapeutic, family-informed services for children & young people
  • Boost interagency collaboration & workforce capability
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Key Speakers

The Hon Jenny Mikakos MLC
Minister for Families & Children Minister for Youth Affairs
Parliament of Victoria
Liana Buchanan
Principal Commissioner
Commission for Children and Young People
Kristy McKellar
Family Violence & Social Change Advocate, Australia’s 100 Women of Influence
Deputy Chair of the Victims Survivors' Advisory Council
Kate Alexander
Executive Director, Office of the Senior Practitioner
Department of Family & Community Services, NSW


What People Are Saying

  • “Fantastic conference, very well run by Criterion with a broad range of interesting and high level presenters. Would definitely attend again.”

    Dave Greig
    NZ Police
  • “I feel energized and motivated to continue work in the field – many thanks to the organizers, presenters and personnel involved for making this wonderful experience available.”

    George Garcia
  • “I would like to say thank you for giving me the valuable opportunity to participate in this conference, it was a great two days making new networks. It was very informative, well presented and enjoyable. Very well organised.”

    Fiona Camilleri
    Staying Home Leaving Violence
  • “The energy created during this conference was inspiring and gave me a positive belief in how the sector can work together and what can be accomplished when the sector works in an integrated way.”

    June Campbell
    Alexis Family Violence Worker, Good Shepherd ANZ
  • “Criterion got it right once again. Very engaging speakers, fantastic learning opportunities and great venue. A great conference experience, thank you”

    Evan Hillman
    Coordinator Youth & Family Services, City of Canning
  • “Simply brilliant ….the sharing of knowledge and experience, diversity of people and perspectives, genuine connection building, and taking those gems of wisdom away to grow into larger Jewels.”

    Joanne Smith
    Service Coordinator, UCC
  • “The energy created during this conference was inspiring and gave me a positive belief in how the sector can work together – and what can be accomplished when the sector works in an integrated way!”

    June Campbell
    Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand & Attendee at Working with Men to Tackle Family Violence, 2017


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