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National Family & Domestic Violence Summit

13-14 November 2017 | Radisson Blu Plaza, Sydney

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The 3rd Annual National Family and Domestic Violence Summit will be held from Monday 13th – Tuesday 14th November, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Plaza in Sydney.

Family and domestic violence reaches every level of Australian society, and so this year, we will do the same. The 2017 National Family and Domestic Violence Summit will put a new focus on:

  • Business: examining standout companies leading the way, and the importance of the workplace in violence prevention and support.
  • Technology: through key experts in the field we will look at the developing roll of technology, the inherent threats, how it can facilitate abuse, how to protect yourself, and how it can help.

This will happen alongside case-studies of innovative and successful family and domestic violence programs, analysis from experts and stakeholders, and reports from police and government organisations.

The 3rd Annual National Family and Domestic Violence Summit will be the sector event: bringing together professions, advocates, survivors, scholars, executives, and citizens, crossing social boundaries and uniting with a single purpose; the prevention and end of family and domestic violence in Australia.




8:00 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

  • Outline ECAV’s development and delivery of workforce development in domestic and family violence
  • Provide insights into what an effective workforce delivery strategy looks like
  • Discuss what trauma informed delivery of training encompasses including creating safety, exploring knowledge, attitudes, frameworks, and skill development
  • Explore ECAV’s unique contribution to the sector through training, policy development, capacity building, and our overarching role in the provision of interpersonal violence training across sectors

9:50 am

  • Outline key evidence concerning ongoing violations of Australian women and girls with disabilities’ right to freedom from all forms of violence
  • Highlight specific human rights obligations to ensure that all women and girls with disability can realise their right to freedom
  • Examine key areas of legislative, policy and service reforms required in Australia to prevent, address and response to all forms of violence against women and girls with disabilities

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

  • The current gaps in the system, the oversights, and the lack of data in existence
  • The additional challenges carers of a child with a disability face living in – and escaping from a family violence situation
  • The considerations and changes Courts and the Legal system need to implement to better protect these vulnerable families
  • My personal recommendations for policy makers to consider

11:40 am

  • Domestic violence is related to significant trauma related mental health issues including depression, anxiety and PTSD
  • Around 20% of new cases of violence commencing during pregnancy
  • Trauma and anxiety in pregnancy has impacts on foetal development and wellbeing and on early parenting
  • Children exposed to DV experience long-term negative implications for development and mental health
  • Early intervention should begin in pregnancy and support women in understanding the impacts of trauma and mental health issues

12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

  • My personal experiences with DV and how it influenced my relationships
  • Breaking DV cycles through awareness and education
  • The need for Indigenous men to be part of the solution
  • Understanding cultural foundtations and obligations of Indigenous families to work together for better outcomes

2:00 pm

  • FSF – What it is and how it works
  • The people – Who makes up FSF (stakeholders), what we do, how we do it and why FSF works so well
  • In practice – this is how we do it
  • Case study – detailed examination on how FSF has helped and
    worked in specific cases

3:20 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:50 pm

  • There are important contrasts in women’s and men’s experiences of domestic violence victimisation: in its impacts and its context
  • Contrasts in men’s and women’s perpetration of dv: its motivations, intentions, character and context
  • Anti-feminist campaigns which claim to address domestic violence against males, such as “1in3”, have done little to help male victims
  • Male victims, like female victims, are best served by evidencebased approaches to domestic violence

4:30 pm

  • Holding men accountable requires a systems response to multiple and complex needs – how to integrate responses when systems data is not yet integrated
  • Support men in a range of areas with a central focus on FDV behaviour change
  • Supporting women and children through risk and towards safety
  • I nnovation in WA – Community Breathing Space – 6 month Residential Men’s Behaviour Change Program

5:10 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair and networking drinks

8:30 am

Morning Coffee

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

  • The vital role of the workplace in preventing men’s violence against women
  • Examples of what workplaces are doing to prevent men’s violence against women
  • Are we making a difference? Highlights from the Workplace Accreditation Survey, over 160,000 survey responses measuring the attitudes and behaviours of people

9:40 am

  • NAB’s broader organisational customer approach
  • NAB Assist: customer centric model working for our customer’s, focussing on NAB Assist’s Family Violence Assistance Grant
  • Enabling the Organisation and industry to step into Family and Domestic Violence space

10:20 am

Networking and refreshment break

10:50 am

  • Best practice workplace responses to domestic and family violence, including the work KPMG led for the Male Champions of Change and KPMG’s internal policy response
  • Governments are spending considerable funds on domestic and family violence but how do we know these funds are going to where they’re most needed
  • KPMG will talk about their key learnings from around the country on how best to respond to the devastating social problem of domestic and family violence

12:10 pm

  • What is technology-facilitated domestic violence (“cyberviolence”)?
  • What do we know about cyber-violence?
  • What is the legal response to cyber-violence and is the law adequate in combating such abuse?
  • The potential of technology in improving access to justice for CALD people experiencing domestic violence

12:40 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:40 pm

  • Information about sexual assault and domestic violence
  • How a person may react if they are experiencing this violence
  • How they can be supported towards recovery
  • Discussion of myths and the larger impact of gendered based violence

2:10 pm

  • Local councils as powerful sites of social change: workplaces that drive the community engagement essential to preventing men’s violence against women
  • Examples of White Ribbon work with local councils and how this supports a whole-of-community approach and fosters connections with diverse communities

2:50 pm

  • Exploring the link – Research, statistical evidence, and case studies
  • The challenges associated with accessing pet friendly services
  • How RSPCA NSW responds – Our domestic violence program
  • RSPCA services across the country

3:30 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

3:40 pm

Afternoon tea and end of Conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1695+GSTEarly Bird
Two day conference + workshop A$2390+GSTEarly Bird
Two day conference + workshop B$2390+GSTEarly Bird
Two day conference + both workshops$3085+GSTEarly Bird
Both Workshops$1390+GSTEarly Bird
Workshop A$695+GSTEarly Bird
Workshop B$695+GSTEarly Bird
  • Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate pass at no cost
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    Note: All delegates must be from the same company and register at the same time to qualify.


Post-Summit Workshops | 15 November 2017

Workshop A: Workplace Responses to Gender Based Violence 9am – 1pm

This workshop will help participants to better understand why gender based violence is a workplace issue and how to respond. Participants will learn about:

  • Tactics used by perpetrators
  • Trauma and other impacts of sexual assault and domestic violence
  • How a traumatised person may present in the workplace
  • Skills in responding compassionately to a person who has experienced sexual assault and/or domestic or family violence
  • Workplace strategies to create a supportive workplace culture


This training includes accessing workplace policy, implementing safety planning for the affected employee, and risk managing any threat to the workplace. This workshop is suitable for HR personnel, managers and other leaders invested in creating cultures of respect and safety for staff impacted by gendered violence.

Workshop B: Responding with Compassion 2pm – 5pm

Completing the Responding with Compassion course will assist participants to understand the societal and individual impact of sexual assault, and how to support someone who has experienced sexual violence. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Myths and realities of sexual assault
  • Incidences of sexual assault in NSW
  • Impacts of sexual assault
  • “Do’s” and “don’ts” when responding to someone who has been sexually assaulted
  • Getting help. Referral information to Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia and regional sexual assault services will be included in the workshop.


Workshops Facilitated by Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia is committed to delivering evidence based, best practice services for those impacted by sexual assault and domestic violence. The organisation provides 24/7 telephone counselling services for anyone in Australia who has experienced or is at risk of sexual violence, family or domestic violence and their non-offending supporters. Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia delivers high quality, engaging training programs which are underpinned by the latest research and all programs are regularly updated.

Training and consultation is provided by a team of highly skilled and experienced trainers who are qualified Psychologists, Social Workers, Clinicians and Educators. Trainers participate in extensive quality assurance processes before delivering workshops, and in ongoing professional development and mentoring. All trainers consistently receive excellent feedback from training participants for delivering content in an engaging and professional way.


Dr Hadeel Al-Alosi

Lecturer, Western Sydney University

Glenn Allen

Inspector, Logan District, Queensland Police Service

Cath Bartolo


Desmond Campbell

Manager, Family Violence Program; NT Correctional Services, Department of the Attorney-General & Justice

Joanne Campbell

Director, NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV)

Tina Davey

Human Services Sector Lead, Queensland, KPMG

Liam Dooley

Executive Manager, Committees and Community Development, White Ribbon Australia

Dr Michael Flood

Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology

Matt French

Community Development Manager, RSPCA NSW

Erica Gibson

Acting Senior Sergeant, Northern Territory Police

Emma Gierschick

Advocate for Children with a Disability Facing Family Violence, White Ribbon Advocate

Dr Nicola Henry

Associate Professor & Vice-Chancellor's Principal Research Fellow, RMIT University

Kathy Horne

Associate Director, NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV)

Sarah Houbolt

Member, Women With Disabilities Australia

Kate Jeffries

Director, Family Violence and Intervention Services, Communicare Inc

Professor Louise Newman AM

Director, Centre for Women's Mental Health, Royal Women's Hospital Melbourne

Joseph Seychell

General Manager NAB Assist & Valuations, National Australia Bank Limited

Elizabeth Shaw

KPMG’s Advisory Practice and President, UN Women Australia

Ronan Smyth

Executive Manager, Workplace Program, White Ribbon Australia

Mary-Rose Tomeo

Manager, Perpetrator Interventions, Communicare Inc

Karen Willis OAM

Executive Officer, Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia

when & where

13 - 14 Nov 2017

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
27 O’Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 8214 0000

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