Whether a direct victim or witness, the short and long term effects of family violence on a child can have a significant impact on their development, health, wellbeing and relationships. Still, too often, the voices and perspectives of children are not included in the design and responses of systems and services.
The Child-Centred Approaches to Ending Family Violence conference will bring together senior leaders and practitioners from across Australia to discuss how the sector can be more child-centred in their responses to family violence in policy, service delivery and practice.
This conference will focus on
- Boosting workforce capability
- Improving practice & trauma informed responses across the system
- Supporting children’s healing & resilience through therapeutic interventions
- Evidence-based approaches for working with children & the whole family
- Strengthening the intersection of service responses to support the safety of children
- Embedding the voices of children in programs for fathers who use violence
Who will attend?
Representatives from NGOs, federal and state governments with responsibilities for:
- Family & Domestic Violence
- Women’s Services
- Family Support Services
- Children & Child Protection
- Men’s Behavioural Change
- Family Law & Justice
Free Pass Application
Criterion is delighted to offer a select number of free passes to non-government organisations who ordinarily would not be able to attend. To apply, please contact email@example.com.
Attend to learn:
- Improve trauma informed practice responses across the system
- Support children’s healing through therapeutic interventions
- Ensure age appropriate interventions & targeted support
- Strengthen the intersection of service responses to support the safety of children
- KEYNOTE: Building domestic violence-informed systems using the Safe & Together™ Model
- Towards child-inclusive mediation & family court proceedings
- Improving identification & response to family violence in antenatal care
- The Restoring Childhood Pilot: A stepped-care service model to promote healing and recovery among women and children who have experienced family violence
Emeritus Professor & Author of Trauma Trails – Recreating Songlines: The transgenerational effects of Trauma in Indigenous Australia
Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson retired from formal academic work at the end of 2010. She researched and co-authored the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Task Force on Violence Report for the Queensland government. Her book, Trauma Trails – Recreating Songlines The transgenerational effects of Trauma in Indigenous Australia, was shortlisted for an Australian Human Rights Award.
In 2006 she won the Carrick Neville Bonner Award for her curriculum development and innovative teaching practice. In 2011 she received the Fritz Redlich Award for Human Rights and Mental Health, from the Harvard University Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery program, of which she is a graduate. In 2019 she was awarded an Order of Australia for significant service to the indigenous community, to education, and to mental health.
She is presently Patron of the We Al-li Trust, as she continues to work across Australia and in Papua New Guinea on community based violence-trauma specific recovery programs. She is working with the University of Wollongong in the development of specialized postgraduate programs: the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma Care and Recovery Practice, and Healing from Trauma Children and Youth, designed specifically to build an Indigenous trauma skilled workforce.
She also serves on a number of International advisory bodies: The board of Independent Academic Research Studies on Restorative Justice (IARS -RJ) based in London; a member of the international advisory group for Humanity United, an US Philanthropic Foundation supported by the Omidyar family, dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom; and a member of a group of scholars involved in a 5 year project on Historical Trauma and Memory: Postcolonial Legacies and the Meaning of Being Human, based at the Centre for Historical Trauma and Transformation Studies based at Stellenbosch University South Africa.
Safe & Together Institute, USA
The Safe and Together™ Model is an internationally recognised suite of tools and interventions designed to promote the safety and well being of children through application of a perpetrator pattern based approach.
Kyle Pinto, MSW, is an Associate Director at the Safe & Together Institute. Kyle has provided training and consultation to child welfare systems, domestic violence advocates, fatherhood programs and family courts across the US and internationally. Kyle has supported frontline workers in implementing the Safe & Together model into their case practice through coaching and case consultation and has been invited by child protection systems to conduct domestic violence-informed organisational assessments and case readings.
Previously Kyle worked throughout the child welfare, criminal justice and domestic violence fields as a child protection social worker in the District of Columbia, community educator/counselor at his local women’s shelter and as a social worker for men on parole and probation. Kyle has also presented at the White Ribbon Campaign as the founder of The Men’s Initiative, a local educational program that highlights the role men play in violence prevention.
Relationships Australia Victoria
Dr Andrew Bickerdike is CEO of Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV). In June 2018 Andrew was appointed as a part-time Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission to the Review of the Family Law System. He holds tertiary qualifications in both economics and psychology and a Doctorate in Dispute Resolution. Andrew has experience and specialist training in individual, marital and family therapy, and family dispute resolution and has practiced as a mediator and family dispute resolution practitioner for over 20 years. Andrew is a former member of NADRAC (National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council) and current member of its successor, ADRAC (Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council). He is also a Director on the Mediations Standards Board and a foundation Board member of the Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Andrew has a particular interest in research and evaluation and has initiated and implemented many research projects examining the efficacy of family services programs, and in particular mediation services, in the naturalistic setting. These have resulted in over 50 conference papers and journal articles addressing the evidence for good practice in counselling, family violence prevention and mediation services. He is an Industry Partner in three recent large Australian Research Council Linkage research projects. One of these is examining the effects of family violence on the process and outcome of mediation. Collectively these research activities have attracted national and international interest and have influenced the design of models of practice.
University of Melbourne
Kelsey Hegarty is an academic general practitioner who holds the joint Chair in Family Violence Prevention at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women’s Hospital. She co chairs the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against Women (MAEVe).
Her research includes the evidence base for interventions to prevent violence against women; educational and complex interventions around identification of domestic and family violence in primary care settings and early intervention with men, women and children exposed to abuse. Interventions are delivered through health care and through the use of new technologies. She has developed a measure of domestic violence the Composite Abuse Scale, validated multidimensional measure of partner abuse. It has been used extensively globally and is available in 10 languages.
Kelsey has co-edited a book on Intimate partner abuse for health professionals and is on two Cochrane systematic reviews of screening and advocacy interventions for domestic violence. She led the development of Royal Australian College of General Practice White Book on Abuse and Violence and a GP learning module. She has developed an innovative domestic violence curriculum for health practitioners and she regularly teaches domestic violence and mental health issues to undergraduates and postgraduate medical and nursing practitioners. She provides regular expert advice to the World Health Organisation. She is also Director of the Postgraduate Primary Care Nursing Course in the Department.
What People Are Saying
“The Conference was inspiring from beginning to end. I have never been in a room with so many motivational, intelligent, welcoming people. Learnt so much.”Case Manager, Specialist Homelessness Service, Tumut Regional Family Services Inc
“Criterion Conferences bring together theoreticians and researchers with practitioners and clinicians, meaning you get practical skills and experience alongside evidence. A refreshing combination.”Volunteer, Amnesty International Australia
“Amazing speakers providing their expertise to inform, educate and impact services and support change to women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.”Coordinator Women's Refuge, OzCare
“The guest speakers and facilitators created a safe space for attendees and the conference was well organised. An innovative group of speakers sharing new and emerging information valuable in improving practice across the Family Violence Sector in all states.”Child Support Worker, Beryl Women Inc
“This conference was inspiring and left me with a lot to think about regarding how we can improve current practices.”Counsellor/Group Worker, Rosies Place
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Child Domestic Violence Australia
2019 is the year of CDVA and raising the voice of children & young people who experience domestic and family violence. We are here to raise awareness of the impact of domestic violence on children. This impact goes through into their adult life, furthering the impact. We are here to help survivors of that abuse to find their confidence, power and peace in their life. We need support and help to bring this awareness and ask you to JOIN THE MOVEMENT and help CDVA be the hope, peace and resource for those who are suffering from the impact.
Our Story: In late 2018, my colleague Lula Dembele, CEO and founder of A Man’s Problem, and I decided to create Childhood Domestic Violence Australia ‘CDVA’. We wanted to create a peak advocacy membership org to lead change and provide a voice and support for children who live in domestic violence or adults with lived experience. This peak body will be a member led, grass roots organisation for the whole community – people with lived experience, organisations, business, individuals and government to share expertise, provide advocacy and claim this space as a collectively impactful and influential voice. Our first low key ‘litmus test’ LinkedIn callout immediately had 28,000 views and hundreds of likes converting to 100+ foundation member orgs and individuals.
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