Enhancing perpetrator interventions to ensure the safety of women and children
Conference Date
24th & 25th June 2020
Location
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Day 1 - Wednesday 24th June, 2020

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Welcome to Country
8:40
Opening remarks from the Chair
8:50
Opening address
Jacqui Watt
Chief Executive Officer
No to Violence
Driving an agenda for change
9:30
KEYNOTE: National scan on recent developments
  • What is coercive control?
  • What drives men to abuse their partners?
  • How does domestic abuse affect children?
  • How can we stop it?
Jess Hill
Investigative Journalist & Author, See What You Made Me Do
Our Watch & Walkley Award Winner
10:10
PANEL DISCUSSION: National scan on recent developments

In this opening panel discussion, speakers will lay the foundations for the conference, covering key developments in the sector and progress towards ending men’s family violence.

  • Why are we here – what do we want to achieve?
  • Progress towards the 4th National Action Plan
  • What impact is COVID-19 having on service responses and programs for victims and perpetrators?
  • How can we use technology to develop and facilitate technology based early interventions for men who use violence?
10:50
Morning tea & networking
Using emerging evidence to inform practice interventions in men’s behaviour change programs
11:20
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: NSW Domestic & Family Violence Innovation Fund

ARC (Accountable, Respectful, Connected) gender relations project

  • Integrating gender transformative practice into a men’s behaviour change organisations

Fixed Address

  • Delivering accommodation for perpetrators of violence to keep women and children safe

Moving Toward FFT

  • How this Evidence-Based Family Approach can Improve the Lives of Children and Young People
Luke Addinsall
Interim Manager
Men and Family Centre
Sarah Drury
Project Coordinator & Facilitator
Men & Family Centre
Lisa McPhie
Project Coordinator & Facilitator
Men & Family Centre
Hunter McBride
Project Coordinator & Facilitator
Men & Family Centre
June Wilson
Chief Executive Officer
Kempsey Families
Gemma Taylor
Coordinator
Kempsey Families
Richard Bishop
Child Family Services Manager
OzChild
Stuart Langley
Program Manager
OzChild
12:20
Networking lunch
1:20
WORLD CAFE DISCUSSIONS
  • Strategies to better address and manage vicarious trauma in the workforce
  • Men as fathers
  • Interventions for people who use violence in LGBTQ communities
  • Men in the justice system – working with mandated clients
2:40
Afternoon tea & networking
Working with men from Aboriginal & CALD communities
3:10
How can services effectively engage Aboriginal men who use violence?
  • Why services fail to engage Aboriginal men who use violence
  • Working safely with men who use violence through healing and behaviour change
Ivan Clarke
Director
Wiimpatja Training, Skills Development & Consultancy
3:40
Engaging men from CALD backgrounds effectively in behaviour change programs
  • Understanding the interplay between masculinities and family and domestic violence
  • Approaches to engage male perpetrators in behaviour change programs
Mozammel Haque
Men’s Domestic & Family Violence Interventions Statewide Educator
Education Centre Against Violence
Improving service integration
4:10
IN FOCUS DISCUSSION: Improving the integration of MBC with AOD, mental health & housing services
  • How can services collaborate more effectively?
  • Building knowledge and awareness in non-DFV specialist services
  • Understanding the unique challenges faced by AOD, mental health and housing services when working with men who use violence
Stephen Walton
Men’s Domestic Family Violence Interventions, Team Leader
Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV)
Sue Cripps
Chief Executive Officer & Advisor
SC Consulting Group & Community Housing Industry Association NSW
Amanda Dashwood
Specialist Family Violence Advisor
North Western Mental Health
4:50
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One

Day 2 - Thursday 25th June, 2020

8:00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Program measurement & evaluation
8:40
INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: The IMPACT Outcome Monitoring Toolkit: Improving practice through research & outcome monitoring
  • Overview of the European framework for the evaluation of perpetrator programs: needs, challenges and proposals
  • The Impact Toolkit for measuring outcome of perpetrator programs: beyond the analysis of behaviour change
  • Monitoring the work with perpetrators as a tool for improving the practice
  • What preliminary results have we found on the perpetrator programs outcome evaluations across Europe?
Alessandra Pauncz PhD
Executive Director
European Network for Work with Perpetrators
Invitations to change
9:20
Becoming responsive: Ethical pathways to accountability in domestic abuse

This address will highlight and illustrate:

  • Parallel journeys for Intervention workers
  • Shifting from moral reactions to ethical responses
  • Productive encounters with shame
Alan Jenkins
Clinical Psychologist & Author, Invitations to Responsibility & Becoming Ethical
NADA Counselling & Consulting
10:10
Morning tea & networking
Building workforce capacity & enhancing collaborative practice through better service integration
10:40
PANEL DISCUSSION: Enhancing integrated service responses to protect victims & hold perpetrators to account
  • Developing partnerships between MBC programs and women’s services
  • How MBC service providers can engage women’s services – Improving the integration of partner support and family contact work to protect and empower women
Hayley Foster
Chief Executive Officer
Women's Safety NSW
Tanya Whitehouse OAM
Coordinator & Chair
Macarthur Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service & Women’s Safety NSW
Ashleigh Johnstone
Aboriginal Specialist Worker, Illawarra Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service
Wollongong Women’s Information Service
Natalie Smee
Safety Action Meeting Coordinator, North Coast Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service
Warrina Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services Co-operative
11:20
Walking with Dads – Applying the Safe & Together Model to child safety
  • The role of child safety in perpetrator accountability – Ensuring direct engagement with the perpetrator through new ways of working and safety work with mothers and children
  • Early indicators from an evaluation of the Walking with Dads project – What do we know about the effectiveness of this framework?
Steve Lock
Practice Leader, Domestic Family Violence, Practice Quality & Clinical Support
Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women, QLD
12:00
Creating safer communities – A justice reinvestment project
  • Applying Aboroginal cultural authority through community led approaches to break the cycle of family violence
  • Taking an early intervention approach focused on safety and healing through the Role of Men Working Group
  • Collaborating through interagency meetings and follow-up visits for perpetrators and victims to identify further supports needed to prevent re-offending
Alistair Ferguson
Executive Director
Maranguka
12:40
Networking lunch
Improving risk assessment & perpetrator accountability
1:40
PANEL DISCUSSION: Improving risk assessment
  • Developing a standard, common approach to risk assessment
  • How well is information sharing between organisations currently managed?
  • What are the differences in assessing risk between family violence and child protection services?
  • Mapping the intersecting service system web of perpetrator accountability
Colin Strofield
Magistrate
Specialist Domestic & Family Violence Court, Southport, QLD
Steve Lock
Practice Leader, Domestic Family Violence, Practice Quality & Clinical Support
Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women, QLD
Bernadette Wood
Director Practice Support, Office of Senior Practitioner
Department of Communities & Justice
Gender, trauma & violence
2:30
Community trauma & family violence in the aftermath of disasters
  • Understanding spikes in family and domestic violence after disasters
  • Enhancing service responses and safety planning in disasters
  • The role of first responders in reducing violence in the community – moving towards integration of family violence services into emergency services
Dr Deborah Parkinson
Manager
Gender & Disaster Pod
3:00
Afternoon tea & networking
Using targeted interventions & risk needs response models
3:30
USING RISK NEEDS RESPONSE MODELS

Risk needs responsivity

  • Working with high risk offenders – what interventions are available to hold these perpetrators to account and how effective are they?
  • Addressing complex needs
  • Combining RNR model with the Duluth model – blending mandated approaches with community based approaches

Partnering with the workforce to address men’s behaviour change – A new approach for targeted early intervention

  • Delivering tailored and individual interventions for men
  • Developing our model – blending the Good Lives and Risk Needs Responsivity models with a focus on victim desired outcomes
  • How we embed accountability through our programs – and what that looks like at an early intervention stage
Alex Miller
Director, Counselling Services
Rape & Domestic Violence Service Australia
4:30
CLOSING ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Our group of sector experts from across the nation will work together to create an agenda for change, taking into account a range of views including those of: men’s services, children’s services and women

5:00
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference
Workshop A: The invisible offender: Training front line professionals interacting with male perpetrators of domestic violence & abuse
Friday 26th June 2020, 9:00am – 12:00pm

In this workshop, we will present the outcome of the European Project ENGAGE (REC-VAW-2016/776919) which is in line with the guideline of the Istanbul Convention (action against violence against women and domestic violence). This project aimed to train front line professionals to recognise and screen for men that may be perpetrators of domestic violence and refer them to appropriate treatment programs. The workshop will provide useful tools and information to be able to address violent behaviour and face the most common fears of front-line professionals and pitfalls. A useful roadmap will be provided to you to support the learning process and provide guidelines for reference in your work. By screening men for potential violent behaviour, we believe more accurate measures of protection can be set in place for the victims, mostly women and children.

What you will takeaway from attending

  • Get familiar with the useful roadmap for screening for potential violent behaviour in male clients for frontline professionals
  • Integrate and practice the 4-step process of recognising and screening for violence:
    1. Identify the signs and indicators
    2. Ask men about domestic violence and abuse
    3. Motivate for referrals
    4. Referring men to coordinated multi-agency responses
  • Learn how to address the most common difficulties and pitfalls of referrals, and how to face the most common fears of front-line professionals

* Refreshments provided

Price: $499 + GST

Alessandra Pauncz PhD
Executive Director
European Network for Work with Perpetrators
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Workshop B: Affective possibilities: Ethical intervention in domestic abuse
Friday 26th June 2020, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

In a world of contradictory moral imperatives and judgements, intervention with violence and abusive behaviour often becomes problematic. Popular models for working with men employ and teach rational, cognitive strategies for preventing abusive behaviour.

However, violence tends to be mediated through reactive affects which defy and resist rational explanation. The success or failure of intervention to stop violence is determined at the level of affective relationships, embedded within the complex assemblage of power relations and moral imperatives that support family violence and abuse.

This workshop will draw together understandings of the politics of violence and neuro-affective science, in order to highlight and illustrate a model for responding to men’s affective reactions when addressing family abuse and violence.

This model places a specific focus on

  • The parallel, affective journeys for intervention with domestic abuse
  • Establishing productive attunements with men that promote an ethical sense of accountability
  • Working productively with parasympathetic effects that relate to panic, shame and contempt
  • Developing non-shaming responses that can unsettle abusive practices

* Refreshments provided

Price: $499 + GST

Alan Jenkins
Clinical Psychologist & Author, Invitations to Responsibility & Becoming Ethical
NADA Counselling & Consulting
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Key Speakers

Jess Hill
Investigative Journalist & Author, See What You Made Me Do
Our Watch & Walkley Award Winner
Alessandra Pauncz PhD
Executive Director
European Network for Work with Perpetrators
Jacqui Watt
Chief Executive Officer
No to Violence
Alan Jenkins
Clinical Psychologist & Author, Invitations to Responsibility & Becoming Ethical
NADA Counselling & Consulting