We are delighted to present the preliminary conference program below!


Monday, 28th August 2017

8:10- 8.40am Registration
8:40am Opening and housekeeping
8:50am Welcome to Country
9:00am Ministerial Address: The Hon. Pru Goward MP


9:15am Keynote Address: Debbie Kilroy OAM (Sisters Inside Inc.)

The Invisible Consequences of Women’s Activism


9:45am Presentation: Dixie Link-Gordon (Women’s Legal Service NSW) and Christine Robinson (Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre Inc.)


10.15am Morning Tea
10.35am Presentation: Alison Macdonald (DV Vic)

‘Boom times: working in Victoria post the Royal Commission into Family Violence’


11.05am Shadow Ministerial Address: Jenny Aitchison MP


11.20am Conference Special Panel: Myth-busting Men’s Behaviour Change Work

Jacqui Watt (No to Violence)

Lizette Twisleton (No to Violence)

Kylie Dowse (Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service)

12:20pm Lunch
1:00pm Conference Special Panel: Gender, Media, Technology facilitated abuse

Dr Nicola Henry (RMIT)- Visual Violations: Image-based Abuse Against Australian Adults

Ginger Gorman- Danger: Trolls ahead

Rachel Olding (Sydney Morning Herald)-Reporting on domestic violence: A journalist’s perspective


2:00pm Presentation: Larissa Bechelli and Meredith Lea (People with Disabilities Australia)

Supporting women with disability who are experiencing Domestic Violence


2:30pm Conference Workshop: Dr Katherine Brown (Illawarra Sexual Health)

‘Strangulation in Domestic and Family Violence’


3:30pm Afternoon Tea
3:45pm Presentation: Dr Adele Murdolo (Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health)

Intersectionality in action: Preventing violence against immigrant and refugee women


4:15pm Conference Workshop: Maureen Moran and Bonnie Souter

Prevention is Possible- The ability that individuals, communities can have to work in prevention.


4:45pm Wrap up: Moo Baulch
5:00pm Evening Reception




Tuesday, 29th August 2017

8:20-8:55am Registration
9:00am Presentation: Anna Butler and Emma Buxton-Namisnyk (Domestic Violence Death Review Team)

NSW Domestic Violence Death Review


9:30am Keynote Address: Maha Abdo OAM (Muslim Women Association)


10:00am Presentation: Dr Astrid Perry (Settlement Services International)

“Adding missing ingredients – working with families from culturally diverse communities to enhance safe relationships”

10:30am Morning Tea


10:45am Presentation: Renata Field (Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service NSW Inc.)

Working towards a trauma-informed justice system for victim/survivors of domestic and family violence


11:10am Presentation: Fiona Guthrie AO (Financial Counselling Australia)

The role of financial counsellors in addressing domestic violence and economic abuse

11:40am Presentation: Vickie Rollo (DV Line)


12:10pm Conference Masterclass: Caterina Giorgi (For Purpose)

‘Building advocacy into your work’


12:40pm Presentation: Dr Vanessa Lee (University of Sydney)

Domestic and Family Violence and Cultural Governance


1:10pm Lunch


2:00pm Conference Screening (and Q&A): Briony Benjamin (Mamamia Network)

Big Bad Love


2:40pm Presentation: Reproductive Coercion

Samantha Campbell (Penrith Women’s Health Centre)- Terminating the Violence- How Abortion Saves Lives

Tara Hunter (Family Planning NSW)- Reproductive and Sexual Health in the context of Domestic and Family Violence


3:10pm Presentation: Andrew Johnson (Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People)


3:40pm Presentation: Jill Riseley (FairGo Group)


3:50pm Presentation: Julia Yorkston


4:10pm Conference Special Panel: Women with no income experiencing Domestic Violence

An Le (Bonnie Support Services Ltd)

Louisa McKimm (The Immigration Advice & Rights Centre)

Jessica Shonk (Australian Red Cross)


5:10pm Closing