The Ending Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Family Violence conference has been designed to help us make this change. It will provide practical guidance on how we can be more effective in the areas of:
- Working with people who use violence
Who will attend?
- Domestic/Family Violence Workers
- Family Relationship Workers
- Aboriginal Women’s & Men’s Group Facilitators
- Men’s Behaviour Change Facilitators
- Child Protection Workers
- Community Leaders
- Government employees working in the sector
Attend to learn:
- Improve prevention programs
- Enhance response services
- Harness the power of healing & spirituality
- Increase community-owned solutions
- KEYNOTE: Lessons from the No More Campaign – the most effective prevention program in this space
- The work of ECAV – using education programs to reduce violence
- Working with Aboriginal elders on elder abuse prevention
- How to engage men & women in the community in developing solutions to family violence
- How VACCA is working with the whole family to ensure the safety of women & children
- Working to end family violence in the Torres Strait
- Harnessing the power of men’s healing to end family violence
- Providing rehabilitative services for men & women who use violence to stop the cycle of family violence
Born in Alice Springs, Charlie’s mother is a Gurindji woman from Kalkarindji in Central Australia. Charlie is a sports commentator on the ABC, hosting Grandstand and has commentated on various sports including Australian Rules football and cricket since 1990. He was the lawn bowls commentator for ABC radio at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. As a broadcaster, Charlie was the first Indigenous Australian to commentate at an Olympic Games – Beijing 2008.
Charlie’s high sporting profile gives him leverage to support the causes that he is passionate about. Active in promoting anti-domestic violence, in early 2006, he began talking with men about drivers of violence and engaging men in conversations about how they could take a more proactive role in starting to change men’s attitudes about women and violence. Charlie is the Founder of the Territory born, national campaign, NO MORE to family violence. The NO MORE Campaign includes addressing prevention of violence through a whole of community approach and then drills down to working with individual sporting clubs to develop domestic violence action plans.
Charlie has been working in partnership with CatholicCare NT since 2006 developing strong men’s programs and the NO MORE Campaign. His work has been recognised through a range of national territory level awards including NAIDOC awards, Darwin City Council Citizen of the year award, rotary awards and in 2015 was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his service to broadcast media and the Indigenous community.
Apunipima Cape York Health Council
Joseph Oui is a Social and Emotional Well Being Counsellor with Apunipima Cape York Health Council working in remote areas in Far North Queensland. He has an Applied Health Science degree. Joseph has been working with survivors and offenders of domestic and family violence for more than eleven years. Joseph has also developed and implemented numerous successful programs such as Indigenous Spirituality As A Theoretical Approach: Working With Survivors and Offender of Domestic and Family Violence in Community and Building Capacity of Indigenous Remote Mental Health Working with Men and Women in Community and including coordinating programs like ‘Go Forward For Men’, a male perpetrator program, also ‘Which Way, Proper Way’ program and ‘One Way, Prapa Way’ and the ‘Healthy Relationship, Unhealthy Relationship program’ whilst working for Royal Flying Doctor Service and Relationships Australia in Cairns for numerous years.
Marlene Lauw, Team Leader Aboriginal Portfolio. Marlene is a Wiradjuri/Ngunnawal woman who has had extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities providing support, counselling, advocacy and group work. Marlene has specialised skills and knowledge in competency based training, supervision and workforce development in the areas of trauma, healing, family violence, sexual assault and child protection.
Wakai Waian Healing
Edward was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait was raised in South West Queensland and has lived in Central Queensland for the past 20 years, however calls Masig (Yorke Island) in the Torres Strait home.
Edward holds full registration as a Generalist Psychologist working in Private Practice and is the owner of Wakai Waian Healing. He has worked in both State Government Mental Health Services and Indigenous Community based organisations. He is a member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), the Australian Indigenous Psychologist Association (AIPA) and the Australian Psychologist Society (APS).
Edward specialises in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in the areas of, mental health, social and emotional well-being, community safety promotion, trauma, grief, loss and family and domestic violence.
In 2015 Edward was appointed to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Advisory Panel on reducing violence against women and children. In February 2016 he was appointed to the Queensland Premier’s Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce Implementation Council and currently chairs the associated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group and recently was appointed to the Board of the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. Over the past several years he has been active in sharing understandings around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander violence and anger, actively publishing articles and facilitating workshops and delivering keynote addresses. He has experience in the design and facilitation of behavioural change programs particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male perpetrators of family and domestic violence.
Edward currently has the privilege of providing support to communities in regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland including Rockhampton, Gladstone, Woorabinda, Palm Island and Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.
What People Are Saying
This conference was very thought provoking and gave me lots of ideas on how to work with men in the domestic violence setting.Mission Australia & Attendee of Child-Centred Approaches to Ending Family Violence conference
The conference was inspiring from beginning to end. I never have been in a room with so many motivation, intelligent, welcoming people. Learnt so much.Tumut Regional Family Services & Attendee of Child-Centred Approaches to Ending Family Violence conference
Attending the conference was simply brilliant – the sharing of knowledge and experience, diversity and perspectives, genuine connection building, and taking those gems of wisdom away to grow into larger jewels.UnitingCare Community & Attendee of Child-Centred Approaches to Ending Family Violence conference
Date: 27 Feb 2018 By: Ellen Foxall
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Working with adolescent boys who have witnessed domestic violence and are using violence against their mothersDate: 26 Jul 2017 By: Dave Burck
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Date: 5 Jul 2017 By: Lauren Perry
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Date: 21 Jun 2017 By: Andrew King
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