Breaking cycles of intergenerational trauma through whole of sector change
Conference Date
29th & 30th August 2017
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
Early Bird - Save $700
Book by 30/06/17


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

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 for Children & Young People
Commission for Children & Young People, Victoria
Kirsty McKellar
Kristy McKellar
Family Violence & Social Change Advocate, Australia’s 100 Women of Influence
Deputy Chair of the Victims Survivors' Advisory Council
Kate Alexander
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


  • Child
    Date: 21 Jun 2017  By: Andrew King
    Multi-sensory work involves talking to the eyes, not just the ears. Through using multisensory tools, the family violence worker increases the presence of the child without them being physically present. As the child’s focus is externalised, the worker and the father have a discussion that is often twice as long and twice as deep when …

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    Date: 30 Mar 2017  By: Sharell O'Brien
    What do you do when your organisation is at threat of losing funding and the service you provide is at the frontline of tackling domestic violence? The answer is you innovate, take risks and engage with the community in a way that not only responds to their needs, but also makes the community a part …

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    Date: 14 Dec 2016  By: Peter Miller, Professor of Violence Prevention & Addiction Studies, Deakin University
    Peter Miller, Deakin University and Richelle Mayshak, Deakin University Domestic violence is a widely discussed issue in Australia. However, many narratives fail to acknowledge the impact of alcohol and illicit substances on the prevalence and severity of domestic violence. They also fail to adequately describe the complexity of violence that occurs within families. A new …

  • tears
    Date: 28 Nov 2016  By: Jane Bullen & Natasha Cortis Research Associates, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia
    Jane Bullen, UNSW Australia and Natasha Cortis, UNSW Australia While Australia has a national conversation on domestic violence, some of the harms of this violence remain in the shadows. The ways violence degrades women’s financial status and access to economic resources are particularly poorly recognised. Our research provides evidence for what many domestic violence practitioners …

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