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.
Domestic & Family Violence Court, Southport, QLD
Magistrate Strofield was appointed a Magistrate in March 2008.
In 2015 he was invited by the Chief Magistrate to undertake establishing a model specialist Domestic and Family Violence Court at Southport as recommended in the Dame Quintin Bryce “ Not Now, Ever” Report. The model has since been adopted by the Government and is being introduced in a number of Courts in Queensland.
Magistrate Strofield currently sits in the Domestic and Family Violence Court list in Brisbane.
Prior to his appointment Magistrate was the legal advisor to the Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service for 13 years.
Family Safety Victoria
Department of Communities and Justice
Kate Alexander is the Senior Practitioner, Office of the Senior Practitioner (OSP) for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. The role of the OSP is to inspire, influence and review child protection practice. Kate is responsible for the OSP’s work in the review of child deaths, leading evidence based child protection approaches, and facilitating learning through conferences, publications and coaching strategies.
Kate has a Masters of Social Work (Family Therapy) and has worked in the field of child protection for more than 25 years in a variety of roles including therapeutic, casework and management. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne, focused on decision making in child protection.
In June 2018, Kate was awarded a NSW Public Service Medal for outstanding contribution to family and community services.
Childhood Domestic Violence Australia (CDVA)
Lula is a strong advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse, childhood and adult domestic violence. Having lived these experiences herself, Lula understands the complexity of responses needed at the individual, organisational, and societal level to effectively address sexual, domestic and family violence. Lula is working towards shifting the focus towards accountability, on who is using abuse and violence, to reduce its prevalence and the impact of these behaviours before serious harm is done.
After almost a decade in the Australian Public Service managing national security policy and international capacity building, Lula is applying her gender mainstreaming experience to ensure not the only the practical needs but strategic interests of sexual, domestic and family violence victims are being met. In 2018, Lula founded a social enterprise, the Accountability Matters Project (AMP), to re-frame the discourse, create connectivity with men, and transform responses. Amongst many hats, Lula runs the AMP Changency management consultancy – helping businesses access best practice & local frontline services from across the sector, and produces the AMP It Up Podcast series exploring ‘toxic masculinity’ – its impact on society and how it’s perpetuated.
Most recently, Lula joined forces with well-known advocate for children’s and women’s rights and CEO of the Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS), Tracy McLeod Howe, to form the peak advocacy body, Childhood Domestic Violence Australia. A movement and campaign to raise awareness and give a voice to children experiencing childhood domestic violence (CDV) and adult survivors of CDV. Lula believes it’s critical to get the message out that it’s people you already know who are experiencing and using violence in their intimate, domestic and family settings.
Dr Carmela Bastian is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at Flinders University. Carmela has over twenty years’ experience in the field of child protection and human services as a social work practitioner and academic. Carmela is currently a member of the Social Work Innovation Research Living Space (SWIRLS). Carmela is currently involved in research projects that focus on the co-design of building collaborations at the intersection of domestic and family violence and child protection and enhancing child centred practice in the context of child protection
Prior to academia Professor Sarah Wendt practiced in the field of domestic violence. Sarah has published on violence against women and social work practice. Sarah has published three books on domestic violence and over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. Sarah has won approximately $1.5 million in grant funding, including category 1 grants with the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Australian National Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS).
Sarah has expertise in qualitative and mixed method projects addressing violence against women and has extensive history interviewing women and men about sensitive issues. Sarah has vast experience in co-design, the development of interview schedules, ethics requirements, recruitment, protocols, and data analysis. Over her career, Sarah has interviewed approximately 100 women about their experiences of domestic violence.
Kids First Australia
Social Work trained, Monique spent 10 years working in the Child Protection field in both New Zealand and Victoria, Australia, working with families and community partners towards the safeguarding of vulnerable children prior to moving into the community services sector in 2015. There, she initially worked in and contributed to the implementation of a large scale state funded trial delivering client services in a multidisciplinary, client led framework.
Currently Monique is the state wide coordinator for the state funded Caring Dads trial in Victoria, Australia and is employed by Kids First Australia. Kids First is a non-government organisation working with children and families across a range of services from the primary prevention, through to the tertiary intervention space.
Alongside supporting the operational and clinical implementation of the Caring Dads program across the three Victorian sites, Monique maintains her clinical practice via ongoing facilitation of the Caring Dads program curriculum.
Kirsten Williams is a Psychologist and Child Psychotherapist who has worked for over 20 years with children and families who have experienced family violence and other traumas. Kirsten was employed as the Program Manager for the North East and Hume Moreland Berry Street Restoring Childhood Pilots, and has also worked as a Clinical Team Leader, senior clinician and clinician in Berry Street’s Take Two program and in the Berry Street’s Northern Family Violence Service, this has included working with mother-child dyads and with children in the out of home care system. Kirsten has extensive experience in supporting clinical staff to provide therapeutic interventions to mothers and children who have experienced family violence and who are presenting with symptoms of complex trauma because of this. In 2014 Kirsten was awarded the Berry Street, Take Two “Cate Grousky Award” which recognizes practice reflecting the qualities Cate brought to her work, “passion; commitment; clinical excellence, ability to reflect on complexity; understanding of self; positive use of supervision; contribution to the team and organization; constructive advocacy for better outcomes for clients”.
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. 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).
Monash University & Relationships Australia Victoria
Dr Mandy O’Connor PhD MAPS is a Research Fellow at Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI). Her qualifications include Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), Graduate Diploma of Psychology and Bachelor of Health Science (Psychology, Health Promotion and Family Studies). She is an expert in Implementation Science intervention and program development and evaluations. Her research interests include family violence, women’s health and wellbeing, parent-child relationships and child development. Mandy has worked collaboratively with industry partners, intermediary research organisations and multiple academic research centres. She is currently collaborating with Relationships Australia Victoria to evaluate men’s family violence programs.
Relationships Australia Victoria
Stephen Booth’s family immigrated here in the mid 60s.
Stephen left school at age 16 to undertake an apprenticeship as an Electrical Mechanic. He completed this by the age of 20. He worked mainly in construction throughout the 80s and 90s and established his own Electrical business and also went into Facilities Management at a major Shopping centre company. He was able to establish a career as a corporate manager. Through a self interest, Stephen got involved with MBCP at RAV in 2005 and became a peer facilitator in groups in 2007. He completed the Graduate certificate in Male Behaviour change in 2009 and have Co facilitated groups with both RA and Lifeworks for ten years accumulating over 1500 group hours in this time.
Stephen is completing a Bachelors in Social Science with a major in behavioural studies in May next year.
He is passionate about the safety of women and children , and committed to helping men find a more respectful and safe way of engaging with their families and friends.
Relationships Australia Victoria
Katie commenced in the Coordinator position in June 2017, which is responsible for planning and implementing Men’s Behaviour Change Programs, as well support programs targeted towards supporting women, children and parenting (fathering) programs. This role provides oversight of specialist support for perpetrators and victim/survivors of family violence, as well as opportunities to work in collaboration within community partnership projects in the sector. Prior to RAV, Katie spent many years at Child Protection, conducting risk assessments and case managing clients since 2004. Katie has an Arts Degree as well as an advanced supervision qualification and hopes to complete further study.
Relationships Australia Victoria
Brett is a qualified social worker that has been passionately working in the field of Male Family Violence for the last 20 years. He begun practice in a rural community health setting and has been fortunate enough to work in various capacities since then. Over the journey of work, he has gained a wealth of experience from working in many different contexts of the work.
Conservatively delivered in excess of 150 MBCG’s, undertaken over 1000 assessments of men for MBC space, directly/indirectly worked with 10k+ individuals, cold called the same number of men following up police reports. Feeling tired now!!!
He maintains a passion for the safety and the voices of woman and children and have based my practice on authenticity, engagement, accountability and respect.
Creator, Hidden Victors Campaign
Annika McCaffrey is an advocate for children and young people who have been affected by family violence. She is the creator of “The Hidden Victors” campaign that features young ‘victor’s of family violence in a video. She is an independent lived experience consultant who advises various organisations and services in terms of their practice framework who help children and young people. She looks into the perspective of young people who have been affected by family violence, and uses her lived experience to create positive systematic change for children and young people. She has been published on an ABC NEWS online story for her work, interviewed by Women’s Weekly, and won an Individual Achievement Award at the Holmesglen Institute of Tafe. Annika is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University, and is a Residential Care Worker for children and young people in out of home care. Annika believes that children and young people are victims in their own right and believes that there needs to be change in the family violence space for children and young people. She is a powerful and emerging voice in this space and continues to share her message of victors.
Victim Survivors' Advisory Council
Tash is a passionate advocate for children, youth and young people who have experienced family violence. She is committed to telling her story about growing up in out-of-home care and overcoming the impacts of family violence so that the voices of children and young people are reflected in family violence reform. Tash has been the Youth and Young Person representative on the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council (VSAC) in Victorian since the council was formed in July 2016. Tash is also a member of Berry Street’s youth leadership and social change program Y-Change, and in 2017 was the recipient of the ‘Modelling a Generous Community Award’, in recognition of her lived experience of disadvantage and contribution to various advisory groups and reform bodies.
Tash is a keen illustrator, drawer and music-lover, and in 2019 commenced a Bachelor of 3D Animation at Deakin University, Victoria. Tash recently wrote, directed, illustrated and narrated a film ‘TASH’, which tells the story of her experience of growing up with family violence, living in out-of-home care and how it affected her. The film was a top 10 finalist at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival, and was nominated for the festival’s Yoram Gross Animation Award