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