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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.
Rory’s background is in criminal justice social work. Starting in 1991 he worked in the Domestic Violence Probation Project in Edinburgh, a court mandated service for men convicted of domestic violence offences where he was co-developer of the men’s programme and has also managed the Safer Families Edinburgh Project which offers various services to agencies and to families affected by domestic abuse, all rooted in the principle of holding abusive men accountable for their behaviour and making expectations of them to change. Rory was one of the authors of the practice manuals for the Caledonian system, accredited in 2009 for roll out across Scotland.
Rory is currently seconded to the Scottish Government as national co-ordinator of the Caledonian System overseeing the latest phase of the roll-out of the Caledonian.
In 1998 Rory spent six months working on the men’s programme at the Djerriwarrh Community Health Centre in Melton, Victoria.
NT Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
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
His Honour Judge Peter Lauritsen was appointed as Chief Magistrate on 29 November 2012, after being first appointed as a magistrate in 1989, and Deputy Chief Magistrate in 2003.
Between 1987-89, Chief Magistrate Lauritsen was a magistrate in the Northern Territory based in Darwin.
During his career, Chief Magistrate Lauritsen has taken on a range of responsibilities in relation to the management and operation of various courts and tribunals with a key focus on Judicial Wellbeing. He has chaired a range of committees such as the Civil Rules Committee and the Court’s Dispute Resolution Committee.
Externally, he has represented the Court on numerous committees, bodies, boards and advisory groups including the Courts’ Executive Committee, the Courts’ Family Violence Reform Committee and he is a Board Member of the Judicial Commission 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
Tori Cooke is currently the Practice Specialist Family Violence & Child Safety at Relationships Australia Victoria and is highly regarded as a conference presenter, senior clinical practitioner and specialist trainer in the field of family violence inAustralia. She is a White Ribbon Advocate and a current member of the Victorian
White Ribbon Committee. Tori has the unique professional experience of working with women experiencing family violence as well as men choosing to use violence and
abuse. She is a skilled trainer and program designer in men’s behaviour change programs and currently works with clinical teams in Relationships Australia Victoria to
reduce violence against women and children affected by violence and abuse.
For over 18 years Tori’s work in women’s refuges, magistrates and family court, victim advocacy, counselling and social policy has informed her passion for prevention
projects that explore and develop strategies for ‘interrupting’ men’s violence and abuse. Tori also has a specialist interest in family violence homicide prevention.
She is a current Board director for the Society for Professional Social Workers and is currently completing a post graduate Diploma in Business Governance (Not for
Profits) with the Institute for Community Directors.
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.
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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
Kyalie Moore is a Wadjarri Yamatji woman born and raised in Carnarvon Western Australia. Kyalie has worked within Community and with Aboriginal people for over 20 years. During the last ten years Kyalie has resided in Geraldton and very much involved with the Geraldton Barndimalgu Court which is an Aboriginal specific Family and Domestic Violence Court. Kyalie has an advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Psychological Science. Kyalie is influential in her Community and her vision is to “Stamp Out” Aboriginal Family and Domestic Violence. Kyalie has been employed with Communicare since 2015. Kyalie has worked as a Mens Behaviour Change Program Facilitator and Supervisior in various mandated programs in partnership with the Department of Justice. Recently Kyalie has also worked alongside No to Violence NTV facilitators delivering ‘Working with Perpetrators Training’ to the workforce.
Currently Kyalie is the Manager of Midwest Services – Placed Based Management of Connect and Respect, Inclusion Support and Parents Next. Kyalie will be transitioning into a new role as a Family and Domestic Violence consultant.
No To Violence
James first joined the Men’s Referral Service in 2009, starting as a telephone counsellor and has been a Management Committee/Board of Governance member with No to Violence since 2012. James is a social worker who operates a private practice and works in both palliative care and as a men’s behaviour change facilitator. He was previously a Family Violence Case Investigator with the Coroners Court of Victoria. James has extensive experience working with people with disabilities, disadvantaged young people and in the homelessness sector. He has held a number leadership roles with organisations including Anglicare Victoria and Melbourne Citymission. James provides governance support to a number of other community organisations/groups and is a director for of CommUnity Plus and C-Collective – an organisation he founded – and previously the President of Interchange Victoria.
Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria
Dr Anita Morris is the Family Violence Principal Practitioner within the Office of Professional Practice at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. She is a social worker who has worked in government, public health, education and community settings for over 25 years, with a strong interest in strengthening trauma informed practice. Dr Morris gained her PhD in social work and primary care with a focus on children’s safety and resilience in the context of family violence.
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Matt is a Policy and Research Officer at No to Violence whose work focuses on evidence generation and policy advocacy in relation to interventions with men who use domestic and family violence (DFV). Matt’s areas of interest include client engagement, program responsivity, motivational interviewing, and program design and evaluation models. Matt is also an experienced counsellor with men who use DFV and has extensive training in psychology, counselling, and clinical supervision. Matt is a committed advocate for ending men’s use of DFV and believes robust program designs and evaluations that focus on client engagement are a crucial component toward achieving this.
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.
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.
Victim Survivors' Advisory Council
Rosie Batty was named Australian of the Year 2015, ranked No.33 in the list of the World’s Greatest Leaders in 2016 by Fortune Magazine, and named one of the most influential people in the Australian social sector in both the 2015 and 2016 Impact 25 Awards.
Following the death of her son, Luke, in 2014, Rosie became an outspoken and dynamic crusader against family violence and has used this position of influence to campaign and advocate for necessary systemic and attitudinal change, to address the family violence epidemic.
During her tenure as Australian of the Year 2015, Rosie was made Deputy Chair and Foundation member of the COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women by the current Prime Minister. She was also inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of her significant contribution to the Victorian Community and became a recipient of The Pride of Australia National Courage Medal.
In March 2016, she represented Australia at the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, which supported the theme of women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development, together with the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
More recently Rosie received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Sunshine Coast for her contribution to raising national awareness and action concerning Family Violence. She was also awarded the 2017 Victorian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
She is an Ambassador for Our Watch and the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, Patron of Doncare Community Services, and has recently become Patron for the Australian Childhood Foundation.
Since the tragic death of her son, Rosie has been instrumental in successfully influencing an unprecedented national focus on family violence at both a political and societal level. She continues to speak passionately about the family violence epidemic, challenging everyone across communities throughout Australia to be part of the change that needs to happen.
Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and a Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Law and Social Justice at University of Liverpool. She is a Lead Researcher in the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and a member of the Respect Victoria Board of Directors. Kate has advised on homicide law reform and family violence reviews in several Australian and international jurisdictions. She has recently led an ANROWS project on perpetrator interventions in Australia – ‘judicial views and sentencing practice for domestic violence offenders’.
Executive Director, Australasian Centre For Human Rights And Health
Dr Manjula O’Connor is a Consultant Psychiatrist , Chairs the Royal Australian NZ College Family Violence Psychiatry Network . Her clinical practice focus is on family violence in migrant communities , she is a Researcher and campaigner against family violence .
Manjula co-founded Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health in 2012 and launched public campaign against dowry and dowry abuse . The dowry abuse is now defined as an example of Family Violence in the Victorian legislation.
Dr O’Connor’s campaign also helped to trigger Senate Enquiry into Dowry Abuse in Australia. The enquiry has recommended dowry abuse be included in the Federal Family Law Act .
Manjula’s work has been cited numerous times in the Victorian Parliament and in the Australian Federal Parliament
Jim Allen is Anglicare Victoria’s Program Manager for Family Violence.
Jim is passionate about working to increase the safety of children and women from men’s violence by challenging and supporting men to be accountable and responsible for their behaviour.
Jim has worked in family violence services, including Men’s Behaviour Change Program (MBCP) for the past 25 years. He has been a key contributor to the development of Anglicare Victoria’s MBCP beginning in 1994 as a counsellor and group facilitator, then since 2000 as team leader and 2009 to the current time as program manager.
Since 2010 Jim and the family violence team have developed and evaluated five men’s violence pilot programs namely:
• ‘Dads Putting Kids First’ a reparative parenting program for fathers who have perpetrated family violence
• ‘Family Violence Respondent Service’ at Ringwood court- a service to engage and hold accountable male respondents to Intervention Orders and Police safety notices.
• Respectful Relationships programs for male and female prisoners.
• Corrections Victoria MBCP for low, medium and high risk offenders on both Community Corrections Orders and in prisons.
• Men’s Family Violence case management services (current)
Jim and the Anglicare Victoria family violence team have developed new and innovative services for women and children’s recovery from family violence including the mentoring program for at risk and disadvantaged boys ‘Peaceful Warriors’, and the women’s recovery creative art therapy program ‘Reclaim, Renew, Reconnect’ and ‘Mums Guiding Kids Forward’.
Jim has worked together with other services to develop a family violence integrated service system since 2006 as the Chair of the Eastern Region Men’s Family Violence Network and it’s represented on the Eastern Regional Family Violence Partnership Executive.
He is a winner of the 2012 Victorian Government, Robin Clark award for ‘Making a Difference with Children, Young People and Families’.
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.
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.
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.
Grenville Wise holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Clinical Family Therapy. He has worked within the child and family sector for the past 10 years, which has seen him work in statutory and non-statutory roles. Grenville is currently employed at Anglicare as the Team Leader of the A Better Way program, which is a perpetrator trial program funded by Family Safety Victoria. The program works directly with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal fathers, who perpetrate family violence.
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.
Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)
For more than 35 years, Heather has worked to address violence against women, including in community services and advocacy, policy and research. She has held many leadership roles at both the state and national level in regards to violence against women policy and legislation. She was co-Deputy Chair of the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Advisory Panel to Reduce Violence against Women 2015-16. In 2014-15 she was a member of the Queensland Premier’s Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence; and in 2008-09 she was Deputy Chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, which produced Time for Action, the blue-print for COAG’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
Heather has a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her primary research interests are justice responses to violence against women, particularly as they relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has published three book chapters, numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and research reports, and is currently working on a book under a contract with Palgrave MacMillan.
Good Shepherd Australia and New Zealand
Helen is based in the Women’s Research, Advocacy and Policy (WRAP) Centre at Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, and is a Policy & Research Specialist in Emerging Focus Areas.
Helen is an experienced researcher and educator, who applies a critical feminist lens to her work to help research unmet meets and better advocate for those in a position of disadvantage. At WRAP she is responsible for developing the centre’s research, policy and advocacy agenda for emerging focus areas. At present, Helen is focusing on the topic of women and young people impacted by the justice system, to which she brings her expertise in legal studies and criminology.
Victoria University Wellington
Jon Everest is an experienced conflict resolution specialist based in Wellington. He is an accredited mediator, facilitator, conflict coach, trainer and professional supervisor who specialises in restorative approaches. He has provided an independent conflict resolution service to Victoria University of Wellington since 2003 as well as a mediator to many other organisations. He has facilitated restorative processes in criminal, workplace, education and family matters and, since 2008, he has been a lead trainer for the New Zealand Ministry of Justice restorative justice facilitator training programme. He is an advanced accredited restorative justice facilitator, endorsed to facilitate both family violence and sexual violence matters. Jon is a Fellow of the Resolution Institute, an Advanced Accredited Mediator, and an Accredited Member of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). He formerly served as an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police, and has been a senior manager in both the public and private sectors.
Centre for Non Violence
Yvette Jaczina works at the Centre for Non-Violence in the Loddon region of Central Victoria, based in Bendigo. Her role is General Manager, Client Services. She manages a range of response programs for women and their children who are victims of family violence and programs for men who use violence with their families. Yvette is a social worker who has been working in the community sector for nearly 20 years. She has worked in mental health, homelessness, youth services and family services. She has a long standing relationship with CNV, having been on the board and took up the opportunity to step into a management role with the organisation as the family violence reforms were being implemented in Victoria. Yvette has a strong commitment to women’s and children’s safety and to women’s empowerment and a passion for strengthening a the systems response to family violence.
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.
In 2012, after 30 years as a Victoria police officer, which included leading the Sexual Crimes Squad, Glenn took up a role as Gender Equality advisor for Australian DFAT Australian Aid development programs in the Asia/Pacific region. Glenn feels privileged to work developing and implementing gender equality policies but also the invitation by local women’s agencies such as the Fiji Women’s Crises Centre in the Pacific and the Flinders University Gender Consortium in Australia to partner on several programs working with men to end men’s violence against women. He values the great opportunity to work with women led and feminist based male advocacy education.
Family Safety Victoria
Walter identifies strongly with Aboriginal people in the Melbourne region. He has a very good understanding of contemporary Aboriginal culture.
Walter has a very good understanding of the impacts on aboriginal people and through participation at professional meetings with Courts and Prisons plus committees workshops also various groups and attendance at aboriginal men’s groups. Walter has been able to hear firsthand the significance of the problems within our communities, also the regional family violence action group and the establishment of VACCA work in aboriginal family violence.
Walter has been an independent Prison Volunteer for Melbourne assessment prison (Ravenhall). He also designs and facilitates Men’s Behavior change Program’s to NTV standards with a cultural lens.
Department of Justice and Community Safety
Russell Jeffrey is the Practice Manager with the Family Violence Restorative Justice (FVRJ) Service which is being piloted by the Department of Justice and Community Safety. He has worked in the non-government and government sectors in the field of Restorative Justice (RJ) for more than 15 years in various roles focussing on RJ practice and policy/program development. In his current role, Russell provides management and supervision to the FVRJ Service practice team, contributes to program design and leads professional practice. Russell is also a Senior Convenor with the FVRJ Service.
Russell holds a Bachelor of Social Work.
Department of Justice and Community Safety
Tilly O’Rourke is a Senior Project Officer with the Family Violence Restorative Justice (FVRJ) Service which is being piloted by the Department of Justice and Community Safety. The FVRJ Service provides restorative justice options to victim survivors of family violence who have needs that are not met by other parts of the justice system. It works with them safely and restoratively to communicate about the harms they have experienced in order to heal, to move forward from their experience of family violence and to achieve a sense of justice.
Tilly has has worked in diverse roles in the areas of family violence and sexual assault, gender equality, child rights governance and climate change within government and not for profits, locally and internationally. The connecting theme across her work has been her strong commitment to social justice.
Tilly holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and a Master of Social Science.
Counselling and Consulting Services
Andrew has a long career as a men’s behaviour change group facilitator and counsellor, having worked in the sector for more than 20 years in a variety of contexts in community health, NGOs, child welfare, private practice and tele-counselling services. He is passionate about respectful engagement of men who have used violence on their pathway to change and quality counselling practice more generally. Most recently he has focussed on training and clinical supervision, supporting both new and experienced MBCP practitioners.
Tonga’s Women and Children Crisis Centre
‘Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki is a women’s and children’s rights activist and filmmaker. She has been Director of Tonga’s Women & Children Crisis Center (WCCC), which she helped establish in 2009, and which was awarded the Pacific Community (SPC) Human Rights Award in 2010. ‘Ofa was also nominated in 2012 and 2013 for the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award for her tireless advocacy for women and children’s rights in Tonga. She is part of the Pacfiic Women’s Network Against Violence against Women and Girls and is a trainer in Gender, Human Rights and all forms of violence aginast women, girls and children. She is part of the Pacific homegrown Male Advocacy in Ending Violence Against Women and Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Human Rights programof which she is attending this conference to talk more about.
Muslim Women's Association
Maha Abdo OAM has spent over three decades working together with the Muslim Women Association to help give Muslim women safety and assurance in difficult and trying circumstances. Today she represents and gives voice to all women abroad as well as in Australia. She works at the local, national and international levels advising government on policy, services and strategies to create a harmonious community for future generations of Muslim and non-Muslim women. In 2016 Maha was the NSW Seniors Week Ambassador as well as the Breast Screen NSW Ambassador. In 2015 Maha was a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Medal, and in 2014 she was the NSW Human Rights Ambassador for 2014-15.
Ms. Paula Andersen is a highly skilled leader in the field of family violence for women in Victoria, Australia. Paula has worked within multidisciplinary teams in support of people experiencing homelessness, family violence and the Victorian women’s prison system. Paula has a Bachelor of Social Work and Postgraduate Diploma of Policy and Applied Social Research and has been a practicing Social Worker for 10 years. Throughout Paula’s career she has been employed within the not-for- profit sector most of which has been in leadership positions. In 2018, Paula became employed with Baptcare’s Integrated Family Services Team where she assisted to co-create and implement the +SHIFT program together with highly skilled staff at Baptcare and Berry Street.
Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative
Vanessa is in charge of Victoria Police’s Centre of Learning for Family Violence in response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. She is an experienced former university academic and textbook author with a demonstrated history of practical, engaging curriculum design. Her work is informed by her skills in clinical research, particularly her PhD studies which centre upon changing professional behaviours influenced by organisational culture. Vanessa initiated, designed and led the online education program for 78,000 Victorian Nurse, Midwives and carers (through the ANMF) on Family Violence, child abuse and child sexual abuse.
Greg is a registered psychologist who has worked in the community sector since 1977, with extensive experience in program management, complex case management, counselling and family therapy and consultation to health, welfare, mental health, education and legal services. Moving to Canberra from Adelaide in February 1995., Greg joined the Management Committee (now Board of Directors) in 1998 and served as President for 3 years before being appointed in 2004 as Men’s Centre Manager (now Chief Executive Officer).
Before EveryMan, Greg worked in out-of-home care and family support services for over 9 years at Canberra’s Marymead Child and Family Centre. In Adelaide, he worked with individuals, couples and with families dealing with domestic and family violence, child abuse and neglect (victims and perpetrators) in programs offered through the Adelaide Central Mission, CatholicCare and the Forensic Psychiatry Unit of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
He lives in Flynn with his wife, two part-time children, two dogs, and a garden which serves as living proof that only the fittest survive.
Tania began in Victoria Police 26 years ago and spent the first 8 years performing general duties in both metropolitan and country locations before joining the Prosecutions Division and prosecuting in metropolitan Magistrates’ and Childrens’ Courts.
She then worked at the Police Coronial Support Unit (PCSU) , a specialist area of the Prosecutions Division. This work included liaison between the State Coroner, the Coroner’s Deputies and Victoria Police members; overseeing the investigation and preparation of coronial briefs for all reportable deaths within Victoria, appearing to assist the Coroner at inquests and performance of reconciliation during disaster victim identification response .
In 2014, Tania joined the Legal Discipline Advisory Unit (DAU). There she was responsible for the preparation of discipline processes including assessing discipline briefs, drafting charges or admonishments as appropriate, assisting the Dedicated Inquiry Officer with discipline inquiries, appearing in reviews at the Police Regulations and Services Board and providing specialised, informed advice on discipline procedures and criminal matters to Professional Standards Command, Victoria Police management, Executive Command and employees generally.
In April 2018, she was promoted to the rank of Senior Sergeant and currently work in the Policy, Project and Regional Engagement Team attached to Family Violence Command.
Prevention of Family Violence, Women and Youth
Royal Commission into Family Violence
The Hon. Marcia Neave AO has had a career as a Judge, Lawyer, Academic and public policy maker. From February 2015 to March 2016 she was the Chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Prior to her role as Commissioner, for nine years, she was a Justice of the Court of Appeal Division in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Ms Neave was a legal academic for many years, holding Chairs at Adelaide University and later at Monash University and the Australian National University. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 1999, Ms Neave was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her service to the law, and in 2001, she was awarded the Centenary Medal.
Gender and Disaster Pod
Dr Debra Parkinson is a Research Fellow with Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI), and researcher for Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) and Women’s Health In the North (WHIN). Over the past two decades, she has researched a range of issues related to women’s health including teenage pregnancy, women leaving violent situations, partner rape, women’s access to sexual assault services, access to the legal system, and access to superannuation. Since 2009, her research has focussed on environmental justice and gender and disaster. In 2015, Debra was awarded her PhD on increased domestic violence after the Victorian ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires. That same year, the Gender and Disaster Pod was established by MUDRI, WHGNE and WHIN with Debra as its manager. The collaborative has received state, national and international awards.
Women with Disabilities Victoria
Leah is a woman with a disability and a feminist who is highly respected for her strong track record as a disability rights advocate, working at state and national levels over the last decade. Leah’s strengths include collaborative leadership, governance, advocacy and policy, to which she applies a gender lens.
She is well respected in the industry for her integrity and her extensive networks and I believe will ably lead WDV into the next phase of our organisational growth.
Leah is currently Chair of the National Disability and Carer Alliance, responsible for overseeing the Every Australian Counts campaign to gain national support for the NDIS. She is also a member of the Independent Advisory Council of the NDIS.
Leah comes to Women with Disabilities Victoria from her previous position as Manager, Youth Disability Advocacy Service and prior to this role Leah has held a number of positions in disability advocacy including as the CEO of Blind Citizens Australia and as Manager, NDIS Information Loop Project at Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO).
Wakai Waian Healing
Joseph is of Torres Strait Islander descent, his father is from Darnley Island, and his mother is from Moa Island, St Paul village. He has grown up on the Atherton/Tableland especially in the rainforest village called Kuranda.
Joseph has been working in remote areas in Far North Queensland specializing in relationship issues and problems and has been working with men perpetrators and offenders of domestic and family violence for the last eleven years. He has been a Domestic Violence Counsellor/Coordinator and Relationship Educator with the perpetrator program in Cairns whilst working for Relationships Australia for numerous years. He has also worked as a SEWB Counsellor, Addictions and Recovery Counsellor and Development Officer whilst working with Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).
He has also developed various perpetrators program called the ‘No 2 Abuse’ program, ‘Which Way, Proper Way’ program and ‘One Way, Prapa Way’ program and whilst working with RFDS has presented at many forum’s on Indigenous Spirituality As A Theoretical Approach: Building Capacity on Mental Health in Indigenous Community and Indigenous Spirituality As A Theoretical Approach: Working With Survivors and Offenders of DV in Indigenous Community.
Joseph has worked intensively with Indigenous men’s groups and the development of community initiatives in various Indigenous communities in Queensland.
Catherine is a specialist family violence worker and group work facilitator at Berry Street. She is an intersectional feminist dedicated to a client centred and trauma informed practice and works from a strengths based approach. Catherine is part of a therapeutic and pyscho-educational pilot program supporting women to make positive choices in their intimate relationships.