No To Violence
Jacqui Watt became CEO of No To Violence (NTV) in February 2015 just as the Victorian Royal Commission into Family violence was beginning its work.
Jacqui’s determination to assist NTV succeed in working with men to end Family Violence means she is an inspiring speaker, contributes energetically to discussions on what works and is committed to changing how the community prevents, thinks about and responds to this pernicious social issue.
Male Family Violence is a topic close to Jacqui’s heart having experienced it as a child.
With solid people leadership and change management skills, and over 30 years working in the community and government sectors in both Australia and UK, she says she is loving the challenge of leading a men’s organisation at a time of national focus of ending family violence.
Previous experience includes being CEO of two peak bodies advocating for Community Housing – one in Scotland and one in Victoria – and a year as Director of Client Services at Anglicare Victoria. Jacqui has worked in the fields of alcohol and drugs, mental health, disability, social housing and social enterprise.
With her skills, passion and mindset, Jacqui is well placed to support NTV to deliver its ambitious 5 year Strategic Plan.
Jacqui holds an honors degree in Social Policy from University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Management and Social Responsibility from Bristol University.
Anti-Discrimination Commission, Northern Territory
Living in Darwin, Desmond spent most of his life growing up in Katherine in the Northern Territory. He is a descendant of the Nglakan people of Ngukurr in south east Arnhem Land and Gurindji people of Kalkarindji. Growing up in a small town, Desmond recounts his exposure to domestic and family violence and the effects this had on his relationships and his career working in the domestic violence sector.
In Darwin Desmond has worked mostly within the public sector in community based program delivery, specifically around domestic violence education and awareness and working with perpetrators of domestic and family violence but also men in the community who would like to be trained in breaking cycles of violence in his community. Outside of this role, Desmond works as a Safer in the Home Safety Assessment Officer for the Northern Territory. Providing safety home upgrades to victims/survivors of domestic and family violence. Desmond is also the Chairperson of the NT’s Youth Minister Youth Justice Advisory Council, providing advice and support to the Minister on young people within the justice system with some lens focus on domestic and family violence exposure to the young people.
More recently Desmond is currently working on a Gender Equity strategy for the NT Attorney-General and Justice Department. Desmond provides a journey from a child exposed to domestic and family violence to how this shaped his intimate relationships to working in the domestic and family violence space and being a strong advocate for Aboriginal men to be part of the important conversations to breaking the cycle of violence.
Magistrates Court of Victoria
Oxfam Papua New Guinea
Diane Anton is the Oxfam in Papua new Guinea Outreach Officer for the Gender Justice Program. Diane has a background in communication for social development specialising in community based GBV prevention.
Diane has been working with Oxfam for 4 years and in the role of outreach officer she supports the GBV prevention work including the Community Healing and Rebuilding Program. She supports the local partner organisations in rolling out the program in the local communities of Papua New Guinea
He Waka Tapu
Daryl Gregory is of the Waikato -Tainui Tribal group.
The Mana and Tapu of all people make us unique as individuals and I believe that we are created to be connected to others. I am passionate about encouraging whānau to provide a lifestyle which encourages and nurtures personal, corporate and spiritual growth within the communities they live in.
Daryl is the founder, ex CEO and current Board Chair of a not-for-profit community organisation called He Waka Tapu that specifically works with Māori people from an indigenous world view.
On leaving the Army in 1984 Daryl completed his BA at Canterbury University in Christchurch and started his clinical training at Christchurch School of Medicine.
Daryl also completed a variety of papers in community psychiatric care, social work, alcohol and drug counselling and sexual abuse. Daryl has also been a part time tutor at the local Institute of Technology, Vision College, Laidlaw College, and Canterbury University teaching in their Social Work Diploma and counselling courses.
Daryl has been working within the local community and prison system mainly with Māori offenders of family violence and sexual abuse.
In recent years, Daryl has been a panel member of the National Approval panels for Family Courts, involved in the Māori caucus for ‘It’s Not OK’ and ‘E Tū Whānau’, Māori responses for addressing family violence. He was also part of a 5-year evaluation with the criminology Department of Victoria University in Wellington of a residential sexual abuse facility for youth offenders, and spent 5 years at kia Marama an adult sexual abuse unit within Christchurch prison working with Māori offenders.
Daryl is a current board member of CASA (Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa) after being involved in a research project based in the School of Medicine in Wellington looking at suicide of young people in care of Child Youth and Family Services. He has also been working with Eileen Britt, Senior Lecturer of Psychology/Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury, in developing a manual for a Maori approach to using Motivational Interviewing skills, which has been completed and published.
Relationships Australia Victoria
Dr Katie Lamb has a background in criminology and public policy and has recently completed a PhD in Social Work at the University of Melbourne. She spent 15 years as a program manager and senior policy advisory across a number of Victorian Government departments and agencies including Corrections Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services. Katie now works for Counterpoint Advisory as an independent family violence consultant delivering training, conducting research and providing policy advice to both government and the non-government sector.
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Michelle has qualifications in education, counselling, family therapy and social science and has worked across, public health, community, non-government organisations and in private practice. For the past ten years this work has focused on addressing family violence against women and children.
Michelle’s current work involves the implementation of new minimum standards into existing practice. Michelle’s other work experience has involved direct client practice, clinical supervision, training and development of family violence awareness and prevention practice, and manager of state-wide family violence programs across Victoria with a staff of over 60 practitioners.
Anne-lise Ah-fat is a community organiser, mother of two, facilitator and educator who is passionate about transformative justice. Anne-lise is a co-founder of Undercurrent Community Education Project, also works as LGBTIQ+ therapeutic family violence practitioner, a men’s behaviour change practitioner, family violence consultant and trainer. Anne-lise is passionate about accountability, prison abolition, malleefowl and co-ordinates Incendium Library and IRL Infoshop. Anne-lise works with persons of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds and believes that social change can only occur collectively.
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Lizette Twisleton is NSW Sector Development Coordinator of No To Violence the peak body for men’s behaviour change work. She has worked in the human and community services sector for 30
years for NGO’s and local government. She has experience in domestic and family violence, youth work, health promotion and community development. She has specialised in men’s behaviour
change work with twelve years as a men’s behaviour change program facilitator and three years delivering partner contact. Lizette has also provided training and supervision focusing on men’s
behaviour change work. Lizette is passionate about working collectively and collaboratively to create lasting safety for families.
NSW Department of Justice
Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group
Shirleen Campbell is a proud Town Camper who currently lives at Hoppy’s Town Camp in Alice Springs. Shirleen is a well respected community member and is a strong voice for women and children who have experienced or are experiencing Family and Domestic Violence. In 2014 a group of Town Camp women advocated to Government about the issues surrounding Family and Domestic Violence. Shirleen has been pivotal to the development of the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group, the group undertake Family Violence training, community engagement, consultation regarding the issues for women, children, men and communities regarding violence and are now the Governance group for the Tangentyere Family Violence prevention Programs
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Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria
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Ken has over thirty years’ experience working at the cutting edge of intervention work with men who are violent and who sexually abuse. He is known for his innovative practice ideas and the ability to translate theory into practice. He has held positions as a member and Chair of the Family Violence Advisory Committee/ Te Rangai Whiriwhiri Tukinotanga a-Whānau. This committee was established to provide the Minister of Social Services and Employment with independent policy advice on matters related to government initiatives within the family violence arena. He was also a founding member of the National Network of Stopping Violence Services/Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Putanga and is a past chair. Ken was responsible for the writing of the Respondent Program Regulation for the Domestic Violence Act (1995). In addition, he has worked as a part-time lecturer in Social Work at Canterbury University and is now involved full-time with HMA as manager, writer of materials and principal trainer. He has been a member of the Domestic Violence Act Program Approvals Committee for the Ministry of Justice.
Ken McMaster has published two books on Domestic Violence – A Private Affair, GP Books: Wellington (1989) and Feeling Angry, Playing Fair, Reed: Auckland, (1988). He has co-edited a book with Arthur Wells titled Innovative Approaches to Stopping Family Violence, Steele Roberts: Wellington (2003), and with Leon Bakker titled Will they do it again: Assessing and managing risk, HMA Books: Christchurch (2006). In 2011 Ken co-edited with David Riley Effective Interventions with Offenders, Steele Roberts: Wellington (2011).
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Janis is a research consultant with extensive experience in social research, project design, policy analysis and program evaluation. Janis brings a human rights focus and asset based thinking to all aspects her work. She has held senior positions with federal and state government agencies, including with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Janis has undertaken a number of national research projects examining Indigenous family violence strategies, Indigenous women and the Australian criminal justice system, and has coordinated a national consultation on racism. Janis is currently working with No To Violence on a national research project investigating workforce needs in relation to working with perpetrators of family violence in Aboriginal communities. Janis is a Wiradjuri woman, whose family comes from the Bathurst area of NSW.
Mike has worked for 30 years in domestic violence programmes, community sex offender treatment programmes and statutory child protection work. He has performed the roles of social worker, therapist, team leader, trainer and service manager. He has an academic background in social work (BSW) and counselling (M.Coun – distinction) and regularly provides training in therapy and family work with people who harm others. Mike is an Approved Provider of DV Programmes, an Approved Family Court Counsellor and currently works in private practice in Porirua, The Hutt Valley and the Kapiti Coast. He has a particular interest in developing collaborative practice ‘with’ families and applying narrative and solution- focused therapies to violence intervention work.
Elena is a lawyer, speechwriter and former political staffer who has worked in legal and social policy for nearly 20 years. Elena’s expertise includes therapeutic justice, equal opportunity and human rights, as well as the prevention and elimination of violence against women.
At the CIJ Elena oversees a program of research which predominantly focuses on family violence. Within this program, the CIJ has developed particular knowledge in the area of perpetrator interventions, as well as in the value and operation of Intervention Orders and other court processes which attempt to respond to family violence. In this capacity, Elena has lead projects for Government departments and courts, to support the implementation of recommendations from Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence. Elena is also involved in ANROWS funded projects focusing on interventions with perpetrators of family violence. In particular, Elena is leading the ground-breaking PIPA Project – Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home – which brings together the CIJ’s emphasis on addressing family violence with its focus on ensuring that the justice system functions as a positive intervention in people’s lives.
Previously Elena worked as a legal adviser and staffer in the Victorian Government for over a decade. Elena has also been employed as a consultant for a range of social policy and justice organisations, including the Australian Human Rights Commission, focusing on gender discrimination. Elena sits on a number of advisory bodies in relation to family violence and also oversees the production of much of the CIJ’s written publications.
Jack is an Muthi Muthi man from South Western NSW. Through the years he has been involved in a wide variety of community activities across Australia.
Dr Rick Hayes and Jack worked together to set up www.mibbinbah.org, a Health Promotion Charity for Indigenous Males that focuses on creating safe spaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
In his role, he is often asked to speak and facilitate across Australia.
Jack specialise in providing support to community groups who want to work through their governance and leadership concerns, and any other concerns and issues they have in their community and then action them.
Mibbinbah Men’s Spaces leads the implementation of the Mibbinbah Be The Best You Can Be program; they hold the educational rights to the Mad Bastards film after release to them by Bush Turkey films in 2012. The Be The Best You Can Be program has been delivered all over Australia successfully. We are now in the phase of train the trainer model.
With the Lowitija Institute, he is part of a research project in FNQ and Western Australia called Valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young Men. This project aims to identify what ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men remain strong and resilient in the face of adversity in life.
He is also an facilitator for the No to Violence ‘Community Workshops to Address Male Family Violence in Aboriginal Communities.
He also sits on the White Ribbon ‘Expert Reference group for their Fatherhood Program’, and on the Relationships Australia ‘Support for fathers, project’ advisory committee.
University of Melbourne
Andrew Day is currently Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He has research interests in areas of offender rehabilitation, violent offenders and juvenile justice and has recently completed two ANROWS funded projects; one on program standards in MBCP’s and another on help-seeking in women leaving prison. Andrew is widely published in the field of forensic psychology and criminal justice.
Martin is the Chief Executive of Menslink and joined in March 2011 after a twenty-five year career in both the private and public sectors, including nearly ten years running his own business and a few years as a senior Federal Public Servant. Since joining Menslink, he has significantly expanded the reach of our direct support programs, more than quadrupling the number of young men accessing our free counselling and mentoring services.
An active campaigner for young men, Martin speaks to schools, businesses and community groups across the region about issues facing young men, their families and communities, including family violence, mental health, drugs and suicide – still the leading cause of death in men under 40.
In 2012, Martin designed the award-winning Silence is Deadly campaign to reduce the stigma of admitting to problems and encourage more young men to get help when faced with troubled times. This program has been successfully rolled out to tens of thousands of students across high schools, colleges and universities across the Canberra region and has resulted in significantly more young men opening up about their hassles in life and getting help when they need it.
Martin is currently the Vice President of the ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Tracey Gaudry brings more than 20 years’ experience in leadership roles across community, sport, government, education and professional services sectors. She brings an ability to realise positive social and community change through long-term, strategic advocacy and stakeholder engagement, and with a focus on inclusion, diversity and gender equality.
Ms Gaudry’s recent executive roles include CEO of Hawthorn Football Club, the first woman to serve in the role, and CEO of the Amy Gillett Foundation. Tracey is a Board Director of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and President of the UCI Women’s Commission. She also serves on the Advisory Council for Sports Environmental Alliance and the Deakin University Sport Network Advisory Board
Alison is the Director of Collective Action – a social impact consultancy specialising in working with community-based organisations to strengthen their programming and increase their impact.
Alison has been working with Oxfam in PNG for several years on the design and implementation of the Community Healing and Rebuilding Program – a trauma-informed violence prevention program.
Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Dr Manjula O’Connor is Consultant Psychiatrist in Private Practice in Melbourne Australia . She Chairs the Family Violence Psychiatry Network of the Royal Australian NZ College of Psychiatrist . She has published a number of papers around Family Violence and dowry abuse . Manjula led public campaign against dowry abuse in her capacity as the Founding Director of NGO the Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health. She is a member of South Asian Community
Ministerial Advisory Council of Victoria.
The Best You Can Be
Mark Kulkens is a Clinical Psychologist working in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Since 1997, he has facilitated over 1750 hours of group work, predominantly with men who have perpetrated sexual and physical violence. Mark has worked in community and custodial settings, providing psychological therapy to a wide variety of clients, including clinical supervision to family violence workers and professional development workshops on this his favourite topic: Shame.
Domestic Violence Crisis Service
Nina is the Team Leader for the Room4Change program at the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS), a men’s behaviour change program that aims to support the safety and autonomy of women and children by working with men to change their violent and controlling behaviours through extensive group work and one on one support. As Room4Change expands, it continues to display the uniqueness and benefits of having a men’s behaviour change program situated within a domestic violence specialist service. Nina brings to this role a focus on utilising a narrative and
feminist framework within this setting.
Prior to working at DVCS, Nina has worked in homelessness support for families and transitional housing for women leaving violent and controlling relationships, as well as in outdoor education and as an occupational therapist.
Nina holds a Post Graduate Degree in Counselling and a Masters in Occupational Therapy.
Domestic Violence Crisis Service
Dearne Weaver is the Client Services Director at the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) which is a Community Sector organisation providing 24/7 direct crisis intervention and case management supports to the ACT Community. DVCS supports all people affected by family, domestic and intimate partner violence, prioritising people who are subjected to violence and controlling behaviours. More recently, DVCS commenced supporting and working with people who want to stop their use of violence and controlling behaviours and would like support towards respectful and safe relationships.
Dearne has a long term personal and professional commitment to social justice and inclusion within a feminist framework. She holds a Bachelor of Social and Community Studies, having worked at DVCS for over 13 years. Prior to working at DVCS, Dearne worked in the Youth and Disability Sectors. She has a high level of understanding around the complex issues associated with family, domestic and intimate partner violence and its impact on those who experience it.
As an experienced DVCS facilitator, Dearne has provided training and education to a variety of external agencies, organisations and community organisations.
Professor O’Leary has held numerous senior posts at various universities most recently he was Head of the School of Human Services and Social Work. His research is internationally recognised with a focus on domestic violence/gender-based violence, men who use violence, child protection, long-term impact of child sexual abuse (especially in men), and socially excluded young people. Professor O’Leary has published extensively in high quality journals. Professor O’Leary’s work has influenced international domestic violence and child protection policy and practice. He is currently the Co-Chief Editor of the Journal International Social Work. Recently Professor O’Leary was commissioned as an Expert Academic Advisor to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow with UNICEF’s Office for Research.
Good Shepherd Australia and New Zealand
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
This Practice Inquiry has been prepared by Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, a community services organisation that aims to disrupt the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage with a focus on women and girls. We achieve this through services that address social and economic exclusion. A central part of our mission is to challenge the systems that entrench poverty, disadvantage and gender inequality. We do this through research, advocacy and policy development.
Women’s Research, Advocacy and Policy (WRAP) Centre
The WRAP Centre drives innovation for programs within our organisation and shares knowledge in the wider community to advocate for systemic change. Our research, policy analysis, public advocacy and evaluations are used to design policies and practice models that promote participation for all in the fullness of life.
Peninsula Health Family Violence Service
Adrian has worked with the Peninsula Health Family Violence Service for four years primarily as a group facilitator in the Men’s Behaviour Change Program. His other work in the service has included the Men’s Referral Service, assessment of men coming in to the program, and developing the men’s program for specific perpetrator populations.
Adrian completed a Doctor of Psychology (Health) in 2016 at Deakin University and has also worked as a private and public health psychologist, predominantly with clients experiencing chronic pain and other chronic health conditions.
InTouch Multi Cultural Centre Against Family Violence
Ali Hussain is coordinator of Motivation for Change Program at InTouch. He has worked in Disability, housing/homeless and refugee and migrant settlement sectors for many years now. Prior to coming to Australia, he has worked with International Organisation for Migrants and several other NGOs about women empowerment, honour killing and community development projects in Pakistan. He is a qualified social worker and also hold post-graduate degree in Social Policy and Applied Social Research.
Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University
Rob Hulls completed his law course at RMIT and began his career as a Solicitor for the Legal Aid Commission of Victoria from 1984–86. Rob then moved to Mt Isa in Queensland, and worked for the West Queensland Aboriginal Legal Service for 5 years. He then served one term in Federal Parliament from 1990–93 as the member for Kennedy, Queensland and in 1994 on return to Melbourne was appointed Chief of Staff to the Victorian Leader of the Opposition. In his state political career Rob held the offices of Attorney-General; Minister for Manufacturing Industry and Minister for Racing, Minister for WorkCover, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations.
As Attorney-General, Rob instigated significant changes to Victoria’s legal system which saw the establishment of the state’s first Charter of Human Rights. He established specialist courts in Victoria including for Victoria’s indigenous community, for people with mental health issues, for people with drug addiction and for victims of family violence. He also opened up the process for the appointment of people to Victoria’s judiciary to ensure that more women and people from diverse backgrounds were appointed.
In October 2012 Rob was appointed Adjunct Professor at RMIT and was invited to establish the new Centre for Innovative Justice as its inaugural Director. The Centre’s objective is to develop, drive, and expand the capacity of the justice system to meet and adapt to the needs of its diverse users. The Centre has facilitated the establishment of a multi-disciplinary practice on site with lawyers and social workers together with students providing holistic, wrap-around services to female prisoners in Victoria.
inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
Roshan Bhandary is the Executive Manager –Capacity Building and Projects at InTouch. She has worked in the area of violence against women, social justice and community development for over 20 years. She worked closely with marginalised women in her home country Nepal before pursuing her Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development in the United States where she worked in the area of family violence and human trafficking. Being a migrant woman and from a CALD background, she brings a lot of experience and expertise in working with multicultural communities. At inTouch, she has played a central role in the development and implementation of several innovative and award winning projects across the continuum of family violence. She has been instrumental in establishing the language (Vietnamese) and culture specific (Arabic) MBC programs in Victoria and currently leading Perpetrator Intervention Trial project (Motivation for Change-in-language, in-culture model) at inTouch. In 2015 she was inducted into Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll for her exemplary contribution to multicultural communities in Victoria.
Peninsula Health Family Violence Service
Karen has worked for the past 7 years with Peninsula Health Community Health, moving from the Counselling service to the Family Violence Service to focus on providing interventions for male perpetrators of family violence.
Her previous experience includes 13 years working within both the public and private mental health system diagnosing and treating neuro developmental/acquired brain injury, psychiatric, and learning disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.
Victoria University Wellington
Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM)
Sal has worked in strategy and development roles within human services for twenty years in London and Sydney. She joined Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM) in 2015 where she established a professional services division, Sightlines, to support improved social, service and system awareness and responses to people experiencing Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) and other adversities.
DVSM provides direct services to people experiencing DFV, homelessness and other wellbeing needs across urban, suburban and remote rural contexts in NSW. Under Sal’s leadership DVSM has also established an important contribution in the establishment of www.insightexchange.net. Each month, professionals, practitioners and the public from across the response continuum engage in reflection around foundational ideas about violence, and our shared responsibility as responders and social agents in representing violence.
Sal has designed and led projects in service reforms, common assessment frameworks, child poverty reduction and integrated leadership programs across statutory and universal services. Her experience also includes working with corporate leadership firms in an associate capacity as a coach and advisor to NGOs and corporate executives.
Sal is known for her strategic and purposeful approach to working with others, creating common ground amongst stakeholders with differing goals and motivations. Sal’s legacy is in developing the leadership of others and distilling clear ways to understand and make progress through complexity. Sal is passionate about connecting people to people, people to ideas, and ideas to ideas.
Centre for Non Violence