Wednesday 30 November - Friday 2 December 2022
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast QLD
For almost a decade, we have been having an urgent national conversation about domestic violence.
While several major inquiries have enabled us to better understand the devastating costs and impacts, the need for action is crucial.
Socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have intensified existing inequality in Australia, with lockdowns, unemployment, financial stress and overworked support services all contributing to incidences of domestic and family violence.
With thousands of Australians at risk of sexual, physical, mental and emotional abuse, it is crucial for our sector to come together as one and provide a unified voice for change.
Join professionals working in all realms of domestic and family violence at the 2022 STOP Domestic Violence Conference.
Together, we can break the cycle.
Statistics courtesy of Mission Australia - missionaustralia.com.au/domestic-and-family-violence-statistics
Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Associate Professor of Criminology at Monash University
Kate Fitz-Gibbon is Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and an Associate Professor in Criminology in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University (Victoria, Australia). Kate conducts research in the field of family violence, femicide, criminal justice responses to family violence, and the impact of law reform in Australia and internationally. Kate has advised on homicide law reform and family violence reviews in several Australian and international jurisdictions. In 2021 Kate was appointed Chair of Respect Victoria.
Chair of FV Committee of RANZCP
Professor Manjula Datta O’Connor is a psychiatrist in private practice with clinical and research interest in migrant women’s mental health, family violence and complex trauma and trauma therapy.
She is Hon Clinical A/ Professor at the Department of Psychiatry University of Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor University of New South Wales Department of Social Sciences.
Manjula Chairs Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Family Violence Psychiatry Network, and a member of RANZCP CPD Committee and RANZCP Journals Committee.
She co-founded the Australasian Centre for human rights and health. Manjula successfully led the dowry abuse campaign in Australia culminating in law change in Victoria, and currently advocating to change Federal Laws.
Manjula is invited expert on committees and informs public debate around safety of migrant women in 2012. Manjula is active in translating academic research for communities via public education and prevention campaigns around family domestic abuse , mental health disorders and suicide prevention.
Manjula is a reviewer of academic journals, and published author of dozens of academic papers. Her latest publication is the book Daughters of Durga.
More information can be found on www.manjulaoconnor.com
Scientia Associate Professor
Dr Michael Salter is a Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of New South Wales. He is the President-Elect of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation where he has sat on the Board of Directors since 2018. He is the academic member of the Advisory Group for the development and implementation of the National Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children.
Director of Clinical and Client Services, Full Stop Australia
Tara Hunter works as the Director of Clinical and Client Services at Full Stop Australia and is responsible for Counselling, Professional and Training service delivery across the organisation. Tara is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with additional qualifications in Workplace Training, Assessment and Family Dispute Resolution. Tara has over 20 years’ experience working in the NGO & health sectors, including managing a NSW Health hospital based sexual assault service that provides a 24/7 psychosocial and medical response for people who have experienced a recent sexual assault.
Tara has expertise in leading training, service & clinical responses to gender-based violence with a focus on client centred care & creating service systems that support clients and the workers that deliver their care.
Targeted Early Intervention Worker for the Bugil Wernbe TEI Program-Tabulam District
Michele identifies as an Gumbaynggirr/Yaegl Nyami (Woman in Gumbaynggirr)-accepted on Bundjalung Country.
Her practice and relationships are centred around her cultural ways of knowing, being and doing.
Core Personal & Professional values that lead her community work are empowerment, social justice & healing, - respect, fairness, - kindness, humanity, integrity, inclusion, two way learning, family, accountability, spirituality & truth.
Michele brings a rich cultural paradigm & deep practice of respect, reciprocal relationships, dadirri, protocol, community obligations and responsibilities.
Michele champions social justice and seeks to work hard to increase equality & equity for First Peoples. She leads with an Indigenous Feministic practice, authentic Aboriginal Leadership & Aboriginal Governance which self-empowers to show up with and for community.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
Deputy Chair, Victim Survivor Advisory Council, Family Safety Victoria
Social work graduate at 'Family Life'
No to Violence
Project Officer, Violence Prevention, People with Disability Australia
Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commissioner
The Conference Program Advisory Committee are seeking presentations of varying styles, from case study examples, to emerging research, project or program analysis and learnings, and calls for action.
In 2022, we are exploring the theme A Safer Future is Everybody's Responsibility: How We're Continuing Our Mission for Change.
We will continue to explore methods of early and primary intervention, as well as response and recovery, in order to continue creating safer spaces for all individuals.
Choose a presentation style and share your insight with like-minded professionals - united, we can break the cycle.
|Primary Prevention||Early Intervention||Response||Healing & Recovery|
|Research, Evidence and Emerging Concepts||
|Intersectional Experiences Including Elder
Abuse and abuse within Disability, LGBTIQ
and CALD Communities
|Aboriginal & Indigenous Self-Determined
& De-Colonised Practice
|Improving Policy & Systems||
Present to the audience in a 20-30 minute speaking session, with incorporated time for questions.
Panel presentations bring together views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues. Each panel session will run for 80 minutes.
Keep the attention of attendees via engaging, hands-on learning experience in a 90 minute workshop.
Showcase highlights of your research or project in a short 7 minute presentation.
Visually showcase your research or services via a printed poster, displayed in the conference exhibition area.
|Presenter applications close||Friday 22 July 2022|
|Program available||Thursday 1 September 2022|
|Scholarship applications close||Friday 21 October 2022|
|Early bird pricing ends||Friday 14 October 2022|
|Conference dates||Wednesday 30 November - Friday 2 December 2022|
CEO, Full Stop Australia
Hayley has 20 years' experience in the community, health, justice and corporate sectors principally in the areas of sexual, domestic and family violence policy, practice and law reform.
Throughout this time, Hayley has worked with diverse population groups and organisations in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote settings, including in frontline specialist women and children’s services; violence prevention; accredited men’s behaviour change; family law practice; family disputes resolution; policy; law reform; advocacy; sector development; training and organisational management.
Hayley holds tertiary qualifications in business (economics and finance), law (first class honours and university medallist), dispute resolution, financial planning and political economics.
Hayley is deeply passionate about the work of specialist sexual, domestic and family violence services and the importance of having diverse voices represented in addressing the issues of gender inequality and gender-based violence.
Her particular area of expertise is in the development of integrated, multi-sectorial strategies to address sexual, domestic and family violence, child safety, and family, civil and criminal injustice, and she brings a focus on evidence-to-action and genuine participatory research to her work in policy, practice and law reform.
Hayley is a member of the National Plan Advisory Group for the next National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children.
Founder of Welcoming Australia, Former Executive Director, White Ribbon Australia
In 2011, Brad founded the “Welcoming Australia” movement, now a national organisation with staff in four states, a range of initiatives across Australia and a national network of local government associations implementing the Welcoming Cities framework for building communities where everyone is welcome to belong, contribute and thrive. Brad is the Chair of the Welcoming Australia Advisory Panel and a Board director.
Brad founded and convened the Family and Domestic Violence Advocacy Network in South Australia, created the annual Adelaide White Ribbon March, is on the Board of Reconciliation SA and the Advisory Board Food for Education (Kenya) and was named in South Australia’s 100 Most Influential People in 2018.
He has also worked as the Interim CEO of Australians for Mental Health and as advisor to Tim Costello and the Campaign for Australian Aid, leading the “Elite Influencers” strategy.
Brad was the founder and Lead Pastor of a progressive and inclusive Christian community in Adelaide called Activate Church and was on the national steering committee of Christians for Marriage Equality.
In addition to these advocacy roles, Brad has worked as a Ministerial Adviser at both the State and Federal levels and coordinates Australian support for a school for stateless children and a kinship foster program for Khmer children in Cambodia. Brad writes regularly for The Guardian.
Brad is the Former Executive Director of White Ribbon Australia.
Practice Specialist, Groupwork and Community Education Manager, Relationships Australia (NSW)
Andrew King is currently the Practice Specialist, Groupwork and Community Education Manager at Relationships Australia, NSW.
Andrew is a leading group work specialist in community services, counselling and health. A respected author of multiple text books and training programs, he has devoted a large part of his career to group work and working with men, fathering and domestic violence.
As a research practitioner, Andrew is known for his focus on generativity and sharing his knowledge using a strengths-based approach. He has published a range of articles on group work leadership in the Australian context and facilitates national and international training workshops.
He is the author of several recent books, including Engaging Men’s Responses to Family Violence (2017), Continual Change Groupwork (2018) and Generative Fathering (2019).
Deputy Chair, Victim Survivor Advisory Council, Family Safety Victoria
Geraldine Bilston is a victim-survivor of family violence. In 2015 she escaped an abusive relationship. She had spent half a decade loving and living with a man who she should have felt safe, secure and happy with, but she left bruised and broken.
She would spend a further 2 years dealing with police, courts and ‘the system’.
Geraldine is determined to help make a difference to the way we approach family violence in Australia. She is currently studying for her Graduate Certificate in Family Violence, and was appointed as the Deputy Chair of the Victim Survivor’s Advisory Council in May 2020. She is committed to helping create better outcomes for victim survivors, including in areas like victim support, technology-based abuse, and sexual violence.
A familiar face to many after sharing her experience of family violence on ABC's ‘You Can’t Ask That’ in 2019, ‘Q&A’ in March 2020, and ‘The Drum’ in December 2020, and she has also published her own writing through the website ‘Mamamia’.
Geraldine has been both a client and an advocate at Safe Steps, Victoria’s 24/7 family violence support service and is an active advocate for the prevention of family violence through the media, at corporate, community and fundraising events.
Chief Executive Officer, DVConnect
Beck is the CEO for DVConnect, QLD’s State-wide domestic violence 24/7 crisis response service, sexual assault helpline and specialist counselling partner for 1800RESPECT. Beck is deeply passionate about ensuring the safety, choices and diverse life experiences of people impacted by violence is acknowledged and respected.
As an inclusive queer feminist, Beck has dedicated her professional career to social justice; championing equality and self-determination through her work in adult, child and youth mental health (rural and remote), specialised domestic & family violence support and advocacy, women’s health, child protection, LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing, family counselling and mediation services.
Beck has particular expertise in the design and delivery of complex clinical services in a virtual
environment, with the implementation of the National Telephone Dispute Resolution Service and QLD’s Victims Counselling Support Service (Relationships Australia), the National Support Centre for Ageing and Disability Services (The Benevolent Society), Cancer Council Helpline (Qld), Parent Coaching (Reach Out.com) and now DVConnect, all part of her diverse senior management experience.
Beck is also the Vice President of the LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation, on the National Sector Advisory Committee for 1800RESPECT, Stopping Gender Violence Advisory Board for QUT Centre for Justice and a member of the CALD Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Roundtable Advisory Group for the QLD State Government.
Manager, Education and Strategic Development, Rainbow Health Victoria, The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University
Matthew is the Manager, Education and Strategic Development at Rainbow Health Victoria within The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University and is a leading voice in Australia on LGBTIQ domestic and family violence.
At the helm of the ‘LGBTIQ Family Violence Capacity Building Project’, Matthew leads a team delivering an interconnected suite of LGBTIQ intimate partner and family violence and inclusive practice initiatives for the mainstream domestic violence service sector in Victoria.
Since 2014 Matthew has also driven LGBTIQ domestic violence public educational projects and media campaigns through producing & directing the innovative educational theatre piece “My Other Closet the Cabaret”.
Matthew also gave one of the plenary presentations at STOP DV 2019 entitled “Shining a Light on the Dark Side of the Rainbow” that was talked about by many delegates for much of the conference afterwards.
Project Officer, Violence Prevention, People with Disability Australia
Freya Higgins is a human rights activist, speaker, and facilitator. She is currently leading the Building Access project on behalf of People with Disability Australia.
Freya has worked directly in numerous forms of disability advocacy over the past ten year and is a proud disabled woman.
Executive Director, White Ribbon Australia
CEO, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Woman Alliance
Consultant, Deborah Costello Consulting
Deborah is a Business Consultant and former CEO with 30-years of experience across the health, aged care, elder abuse, violence prevention, road safety, suicide prevention and Aboriginal health sectors.
As a Domestic Violence survivor, and social justice advocate Deborah has a passion for influencing practice, policy and research.
Principal Trainer And Consultant, From Me To You Consulting
Peta is a Principal Master Instructor of Mental Health First Aid Australia courses and also works as a consultant with MHFA Australia. She has a national profile in mental health and suicide prevention and has contributed to the development of services and programs at national, state and local levels.
Peta is known for emphasising the importance of psychological social determinants in mental wellbeing and suicide prevention and considers domestic violence and safety to be a significant factor in an individual's ability to have healthy relationships, access health care and other life opportunities.
Community Liaison Officer, Multicultural Policy and Engagement, Strategy and Programs, NSW Department of Communities and Justice
A former asylum seeker, worked tirelessly supporting and assisting refugees since 2008, first as an adult settlement teacher at University of Western Sydney then Navitas English, currently at NSW Department of Communities and Justice since 2013. Sam led many successful crime prevention projects to support Multicultural Communities through education and breaking barriers with authorities. Sam is the co-founder of the South West Sydney Domestic Violence Committee and the winner of 2020 NSW Humanitarian award, and a multicultural advisor for few local councils in NSW.
Acting CEO, Refugee Settlement (SETS) National Manager
Dr Amath is an expert community developer whose research focuses on multiculturalism, social inclusion, diversity, leadership and community development. She is a published author and her other publications have appeared in several edited volumes and journals. She is an adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University and also works at the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia as the National Manager of Refugee Settlement and the CAMS Statewide Coordinator, a role focused on the prevention of DFV in CALD communities. She is also a co-founder of Sakina Refuge, a short-term accommodation for CALD women and children experiencing DFV.
Dr Amath has strong connections to the community across a number of areas, including youth, women’s and multi-faith groups, and is a member of the Minister’s Queensland Multicultural Advisory Council and the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Prevention Roundtable. In 2006, she was the Australian Muslim Woman of the Year. In 2017, she was a finalist for Australian of the Year. Most recently she has been appointed to the QLD Gov Taskforce looking at Women's Safety and Justice.
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RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast
Ross St, Benowa QLD 4217
Enjoy stunning views of the Gold Coast skyline or the Queensland hinterland from your five-star accommodation at RACV Royal Pines Resort.
Situated just a short drive from Surfers Paradise, Royal Pines is home to luxurious accommodation options, authentic culinary experiences, and a championship golf course. Further afield, the resort is the perfect place to base yourself as you explore the fun theme parks and stunning hinterland of the Gold Coast.
All rooms and suites include wide-screen televisions, individually controlled air-conditioning, in-house movies, desk, tea and coffee facilities, a mini-bar, an in-room safe and complimentary newspaper.
Resort Room - $210.00 per room, per night
Resort Room with breakfast for one - $238.00 per room, per night
Resort Room with breakfast for two - $266.00 per room, per night
Accommodation can be booked during the registration process. If you have any questions, please use the contact form below.
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