Conference Date
14th & 15th February 2017
Sydney Boulevard Hotel
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Men play a crucial role in ending family violence. Most men are not violent and we need them to speak out and be positive role models. Men who are violent need to be able to engage with evidence-based interventions that will support change. This conference will bring together people from all over the country who are doing work in this space – or wanting to do work in this space – to explore how this can be achieved.

  • One woman is murdered almost every week in Australia by a current or former partner
  • Women are the majority of victims in intimate partner violence
  • Men are the majority of perpetrators of intimate partner violence

Advisory Panel

        Representatives of the Government, Community, Police and Justice sectors with responsibility for:
        • Domestic/Family Violence
        • Women
        • Children/Child Protection
        • Families
        • Men’s Behaviour Change
        • Violence Prevention
        • Mental Health
        • Drug and Alcohol
      Please note, tickets to the two-day conference are sold out. However, there are still limited places to attend the workshops!

    Attend to learn:

    • Improve primary prevention strategies

    • Enhance knowledge of interventions

    • Increase your understanding of perpetrator accountability work

    • Contribute to the agenda for change

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    Key Speakers

    Rosie Batty
    Family Violence Campaigner
    2015 Australian of the Year
    Jacqui Watt
    Chief Executive Officer
    Dr Michael Flood
    Associate Professor in Sociology
    Queensland University of Technology
    Tarang Chawla
    2017 Young Australian of the Year Finalist


    What People Are Saying

    • “I would like to say thank you for giving me the valuable opportunity to participate in this conference, it was a great two days making new networks. It was very informative, well presented and enjoyable. Very well organised.”

      Fiona Camilleri
      Staying Home Leaving Violence
    • “I feel energized and motivated to continue work in the field – many thanks to the organizers, presenters and personnel involved for making this wonderful experience available.”

      George Garcia
    • “Fantastic conference, very well run by Criterion with a broad range of interesting and high level presenters. Would definitely attend again.”

      Dave Greig
      Dave Greig, NZ Police


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      Date: 14 Dec 2016  By: Peter Miller, Professor of Violence Prevention & Addiction Studies, Deakin University
      Peter Miller, Deakin University and Richelle Mayshak, Deakin University Domestic violence is a widely discussed issue in Australia. However, many narratives fail to acknowledge the impact of alcohol and illicit substances on the prevalence and severity of domestic violence. They also fail to adequately describe the complexity of violence that occurs within families. A new …

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      Date: 28 Nov 2016  By: Jane Bullen & Natasha Cortis Research Associates, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia
      Jane Bullen, UNSW Australia and Natasha Cortis, UNSW Australia While Australia has a national conversation on domestic violence, some of the harms of this violence remain in the shadows. The ways violence degrades women’s financial status and access to economic resources are particularly poorly recognised. Our research provides evidence for what many domestic violence practitioners …

    • Jacqui Watt Photo
      Date: 24 Nov 2016  By: Jacqui Watt
      After years of our sector working together to prevent violence, this year we’ve seen how the public understanding has started to accept just how prevalent violence against women and children is in our communities. Now is the time for us to create a plan of action, and do more than just talk about men’s violence.  …

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      Date: 22 Nov 2016  By: Jo Howard
      There is a welcome focus on engagement and inclusion of fathers in family work and in work with men who use violence against women and children. Whilst there is limited evidence based on ‘what works’ to engage men who use violence to change their attitudes, values and behaviours around fathering and privilege, there is emerging …

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