Agenda

Engaging with the Community

08:30

08:50

09:00

ENGAGING THE NATION 

09:10

  • Victoria leading the way to ending domestic and family violence in Australia
  • A closer look at the $38.7 million world-leading approach to changing attitudes and behaviors towards violence 
  • How can we “stop violence before it starts”?

Speakers

Marion Frere

CEO – Office for Prevention and Women’s Equality

DHHS, Victorian Government

ENGAGING WITH CULTURE

09:40

  • Understanding cultural nuance and lateral violence
  • Learning the triggers and motivators of violence for Aboriginal men
  • Forming a cultural response to address lateral violence and disconnectedness
  • Secret pain: Why we need Indigenous services for Indigenous communities

Speakers

Aunty Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian

Director

Indigenous Wellbeing Centre

10:20

ENGAGING THE SURVIVORS

10:50

  • Survivors’ review of existing intervention strategies and what more can be done
  • Personal stories – How support services helped and how to improve further
  • Identifying the needs of victims who have experienced family violence
  • Overcoming the trauma and moving forward to build a future
  • How we can empower ourselves and help others in the process

Speakers

Kristy Crabb

Family Violence Survivor

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Elenka Parkin

Family Violence Survivor

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Michelle Ekin

Family Violence Survivor

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Uieta Kaufusi

National Engagement Manager

1800 Respect

11:40

  • Encouraging, empowering and supporting victims of violence
  • Analysing and improving on existing recovery programmes
  • Empowering family violence victims to gain practical skills and restore their confidence
  • Reaching out and making a difference – People need people

Speakers

Larissa Shaw

Family Violence Survivor; Founder and President | Domestic and Family Violence Co-ordinator

Standing Tall Against Abusive Relationships | Queensland Police

12:20

ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY

13:20

  • Knowing of the problem is not understanding it - Consult with the community
  • How to effectively engage the men in this national conversation 
  • Creating culturally relevant men’s behavioural change initiatives 
  • Building on support services and enforcement systems for communities to deal with family violence

Speakers

Uncle Peter Shine

Director Aboriginal Health

Northern Sydney Local Health District

Aunty Robyn Williams

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support Worker

Eagleby State School

Aunty Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian

Director

Indigenous Wellbeing Centre

Aunty Carolyn Briggs

Elder & Chairperson

Boon Wurrung Foundation

14:10

  • Identifying the underlying drivers of violence against Indigenous women
  • Addressing the causes directly and filling the gaps in services and programs aimed to prevent violence
  • Who needs what help? Understanding the different needs for men and women, and for youth and children
  • Guiding Light: Respecting traditions and principles in developing programs to prevent Indigenous family violence – What can we do better as a whole?

Speakers

Anne Tidyman

Manager, Child and Family Services

Odyssey House Victoria

14:40

  • A look at the Domestic and Family Violence Work Aware programme and real-world instances we can all learn from
  • Recognising the signs – What happens when you know? What should you do?
  • Highlighting the importance of cultivating a safe environment within the workplace

Speakers

Sandra Dann

Director

Working Women’s Centre (SA)

Lenore Dembski

Principal Programme Director

Working Women’s Centre (NT)

15:10

TAKING ACTION FOR REAL CHANGE

15:30

Feedback from our past two sessions strongly advocate for actionable outcomes to be produced at this very important Forum. While it is still necessary to hear from service leaders in this sector, it is equally necessary to equip delegates with tools and options to bring back and implement in order to make a difference. With this goal in mind, we introduced these outcomes-focused discussion sessions to workshop current and future services and programmes that will better meet the challenges to overcome Indigenous family violence.
These discussion sessions allow our delegates to go home with valuable next-steps, practical tips and an in-depth understanding of the issues. There is a specific focus on what’s currently happening, where the gaps are, and work towards addressing and closing these gaps.
 
Session A: Working with Survivors
Facilitators:
Sandra Dann, Director, Working Women’s Centre (SA)
Lenore Dembski,
Principal Programme Director, Working Women’s Centre (NT)
 
Session B: Working and Engaging with Men
Facilitator: David Ellis, National Training Manager, Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) 
 
How it works:
There are 2 discussion sessions, each 1.5 hrs, each session focuses on a different topic. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in 1 discussion session. Each session begins with an introduction, and is followed by discussion and feedback. Delegates will be provided with a worksheet to fill out and form their action plan. The session ends with a summary, wrap up and reflection. Delegates will leave with an outcome-focused action plan.

17:00

Engaging to Make a Difference

08:30

09:00

MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR AUSTRALIA

09:10

  • A community effort by the community, state and nation
  • Identifying crucial limitations, gaps and obstacles that impede the existing system of response to domestic and family violence cases
  • Ensuring that the delivery of support services is designed around the individual
  • Drawing emphasis on reforming risk assessment and information sharing practices
  • Going beyond the first step – What more can be done?

Speakers

Annette Gillespie

CEO

Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre

09:40

  • Taking ownership of the problem and developing Domestic Violence Action Plans
  • Linking up communities nation-wide to aid in the prevention of family violence

Speakers

Charlie King

Chairman | Founder

NT Indigenous Men’s Advisory Council | NO MORE

10:10

10:40

  • Recognising our shared responsibility in violence prevention
  • Understanding the emerging emphasis on engaging boys and men
  • Encouraging respectful relationships within the community

Speakers

Jennifer Mullen

Senior Executive for Programs

White Ribbon Australia

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE SYSTEM

11:10

  • What do Police Liaison Officers do on a day-to-day basis?
  • Building trust in the community to change attitudes towards the police and support organizations
  • Raising bystander awareness within the community and preventing desensitization to violence

Speakers

Alison Reid

Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer

NSW Police Force

Debra Milnes

Domestic Violence Liaison Officer

NSW Police Force

Joey Chatfield

Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer

VIC Officer

Janet Mitchell

Detective Senior Sergeant

Family Violence Command

12:00

  • Substance abuse, intoxication, and mental health contributing to family violence
  • Understanding the needs of the local communities and vulnerable groups

Speakers

Uncle Peter Shine

Director Aboriginal Health

Northern Sydney Local Health District

12:30

MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITHIN COMMUNITIES

13:30

  • Designing a reinforcing network of support services
  • Adopting a regional, remote and metropolitan approach
  • Aligning common goals and objectives 

Speakers

Joseph Oui

Social and Emotional Wellbeing Counsellor

Apunipima Cape York Health Council

Tania Dalton

Regional Co-ordinator, Indigenous Family Violence Strategy

VIC Department of Health & Human Services

Uncle Alfie Bamblett

Co-Chair -North Metro Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group

Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd

14:20

  • Acknowledging the importance of community buy-in
  • Using tools e.g. Maloga Hearts Indigenous Family Violence App
  • Encouraging community participation and development with improved outcomes for DV

Speakers

Narelle Best

Indigenous Family Violence Support Worker

Primary Care Connect

Sheree Monteleone

Family Violence Worker

Primary Care Connect

15:00

MAKE A DIFFERENCE FROM THE BEGINNING 

15:30

  • Recognising the intergenerational transmission of violence
  • Paying attention to the needs of the child
  • Exploring interventions for Indigenous youth and children

Speakers

Paul Morgan

Child Protection Counselling Service

Sydney Children's Hospital

16:00

  • Boomerangs Coolamon Parenting programme
  • Recognising the importance of early emotional support and guidance
  • Ensuring positive outcomes for the children, families and communities

Speakers

Chryne Griffiths

Aboriginal Perinatal and Infant Social and Emotional Wellbeing Consultant

South West Sydney Local Health District

16:30