Strengthening integrated responses to support the safety & resilience of the child
Conference Date
18th - 20th September 2019
CQ Functions Melbourne
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Breaking intergenerational cycles of trauma & abuse
Children are often the silent victims of family violence; while they are not always heard or seen, they are always impacted by it. More than 68% of mothers who had children in their care when they experienced family violence said their children had seen or heard the violence.

Whether a direct victim or witness, the short and long term effects of family violence on a child can have a significant impact on their development, health, wellbeing and relationships. Still, too often, the voices and perspectives of children are not included in the design and responses of systems and services.

The Child-Centred Approaches to Ending Family Violence conference will bring together senior leaders and practitioners from across Australia to discuss how the sector can be more child-centred in their responses to family violence in policy, service delivery and practice.

This conference will focus on
  • Boosting workforce capability
  • Improving practice & trauma informed responses across the system
  • Supporting children’s healing & resilience through therapeutic interventions
  • Evidence-based approaches for working with children & the whole family
  • Strengthening the intersection of service responses to support the safety of children
  • Embedding the voices of children in programs for fathers who use violence

Who will attend?
Representatives from NGOs, federal and state governments with responsibilities for:
  • Family & Domestic Violence
  • Women’s Services
  • Family Support Services
  • Children & Child Protection
  • Men’s Behavioural Change
  • Family Law & Justice

Free Pass Application
Criterion is delighted to offer a select number of free passes to non-government organisations who ordinarily would not be able to attend. To apply, please contact

Attend to learn:

  • Improve trauma informed practice responses across the system
  • Support children’s healing through therapeutic interventions
  • Ensure age appropriate interventions & targeted support
  • Strengthen the intersection of service responses to support the safety of children
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Key Speakers

Judy Atkinson AM
Emeritus Professor & Author of Trauma Trails – Recreating Songlines: The transgenerational effects of Trauma in Indigenous Australia
Kyle Pinto
Associate Director
Safe & Together Institute, USA
Dr Andrew Bickerdike
Chief Executive Officer
Relationships Australia Victoria
Professor Kelsey Hegarty
Chair of Family Violence Prevention, Royal Women’s Hospital and Department of General Practice
University of Melbourne


What People Are Saying

  • “The Conference was inspiring from beginning to end. I have never been in a room with so many motivational, intelligent, welcoming people. Learnt so much.”

    Karen Sturt
    Case Manager, Specialist Homelessness Service, Tumut Regional Family Services Inc
  • “Criterion Conferences bring together theoreticians and researchers with practitioners and clinicians, meaning you get practical skills and experience alongside evidence. A refreshing combination.”

    Scarlett Franks
    Volunteer, Amnesty International Australia
  • “Amazing speakers providing their expertise to inform, educate and impact services and support change to women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.”

    Jayne Swift
    Coordinator Women's Refuge, OzCare
  • “The guest speakers and facilitators created a safe space for attendees and the conference was well organised. An innovative group of speakers sharing new and emerging information valuable in improving practice across the Family Violence Sector in all states.”

    Angie Puibello
    Child Support Worker, Beryl Women Inc
  • “This conference was inspiring and left me with a lot to think about regarding how we can improve current practices.”

    Nicole Miller
    Counsellor/Group Worker, Rosies Place


  • Date: 19 Aug 2019  By: Criterion Content Team

    As family violence remains a pressing issue with more than 1 million Australian affected, the sector is constantly seeking more innovative, effective methods of addressing and intervening in instances of family violence involving children.  The complexity of the issue, due to differing policy responses of family law, child protection and family violence agencies, makes it …

  • Date: 3 Apr 2019  By: No To Violence

    It’s the age-old question of men’s behaviour change work – how do we motivate a man to change his violent behaviour? While many practitioners working with men who use violence agree it’s not their responsibility to make a man change, most will say their job is to guide a man towards an understanding that he can change. We recently …

  • Date: 1 Mar 2019  By: No To Violence

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  • Date: 7 Feb 2019  By: Ash Natesh

    Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS)  Room4Change program is a program for men who want to stop their use of violence and controlling behaviours and build healthy, respectful relationships. The program focuses on keeping the safety of women and children at the core of men’s behaviour change. The program can go for up to 12 months …

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