Engaging and working with the community to overcome Indigenous family violence - Developed with community, for community

Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Forum | Sydney 


Forum: 25 & 26 November 2020 
Pre- forum workshop: 24 November 2020  

Family violence in Indigenous communities continues to afflict women and their families at alarming rates. It is reported that Indigenous women are five times more likely to experience domestic and family violence than non-Indigenous Australian women. Recent cuts to critical Indigenous family violence services and the social restrictions rules around COVID-19 have only exacerbated the problem, with help and support being either cut-off or significantly reduced due to inadequate resourcing.  

The Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Forum provides a platform for the key decision makers in the family violence space to share their ideas, programs and initiatives and tackle one of the most pressing challenges facing Indigenous communities. These include current government programs, lessons from the frontline of tackling Indigenous family violence, the importance of engaging community Elders, long-term behavioural change for perpetrators, policing and justice and protecting children and youth.
Join us in Sydney from 24-26 November 2020 to develop your knowledge of therapeutic services for family violence survivors; ensure effective delivery of evidence-based programs for Indigenous Australians; engage appropriate stakeholders in implementing community-driven family violence programs and combine Western clinical methods with Aboriginal culture and lore to achieve long-term behaviour change for perpetrators of violence. Developed with community, for community. 


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Organisations speaking include
  • Aboriginal Male’s Healing Centre
  • Domestic Violence Legal Service Northern Territory
  • Family Safety Victoria 
  • Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation
  • Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service
  • North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
  • NPY Women’s Council
  • Queensland Police Service
  • Relationships Australia NT 
  • Tangentyere Council
  • Territory Families
  • Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
  • Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre
  • YWCA Darwin
Part of the Aventedge Indigenous Community Program Series:
**Aventedge would like acknowledge the traditional owners of this country, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging**

Post Conference Workshop

Tuesday 24 November 2020, 9 am – 4 pm
Aboriginal Men’s Behaviour Change and Healing Program
Facilitated by: Devon Cuimara, Founder & CEO, Aboriginal Males Healing Centre Strong Spirit Strong Families Strong Culture Inc (AMHC)
Current programs to address family violence in Aboriginal communities lack cultural competence and consistency in their approach. This workshop program reflects the findings of a significant bank of research conducted by the Aboriginal Males Healing Centre over the past 5+ years and is underpinned by the principles of the Duluth Model. 
The Aboriginal Males Healing Centre model offers a holistic approach to healing with Aboriginal Cultural and Lore as the key focal point. At the end of the process men who have participated in the program will have life skills, a sense of responsibility, the opportunity of meaningful employment and good physical health and be emotionally spiritual and strong.
  • Session One: Clinical Pathways for Men's Healing 
  • Session Two: Core Profile Paradigm 
  • Session Three: De-institutionalisation, cultural activities and training programs 

Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Top Speakers

Craig Rigney

Chief Executive Officer

Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation

Devon Cuimara

Chief Executive Officer

Aboriginal Male’s Healing Centre

Antoinette Baybrook

CEO / Chair

Djirra / NFVPLS

Shirleen Campbell

Co-ordinator – Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group

Tangentyere Council, 2020 NT Local Hero (Australian of the Year Awards)

Christine Foran

Director, Gender Equality and Violence Reduction

Territory Families

Julie Shelley

Aboriginal Counsellor

New Street Sydney, NSW Health 2018 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year

Corrina Graham

Domestic and Family Violence Manager

NPY Women’s Council

Senior Sergeant Anna Dwyer

Ethical Standards Command

Queensland Police Service

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Reasons to Attend

  • Hear from Territory Families on the Northern Territory’s Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018-2028 and progress on implementing its Action Plan.
  • Discover how Family Safety Victoria is facilitating Aboriginal-led holistic healing programs for family violence in Victoria. 
  • Find out how Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation’s Stronger Safer Families Outreach Hub model is offering trauma-informed therapeutic services for Indigenous men, women and children.
  • Discover how to tackle sexual violence in Aboriginal communities through prevention, early intervention and support services with Julie Shelley, 2018 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.
  • Learn from Shirleen Campbell, 2020 NT Local Hero (Australian of the Year Awards), on prevention and early intervention strategies to tackle family violence.
  • Hear from NPY Women’s Council on how best to mobilise resources to meet the needs of remote Indigenous communities.
  • Gain insight regarding the police perspective on building relations with Indigenous communities in remote areas with the Queensland Police Service.
  • Learn how to combine Western clinical care with Aboriginal culture and lore to achieve long-term behavioural change for perpetrators of violence with the Aboriginal Male’s Healing Centre.
  • Improve responses to children and youth experiencing family violence with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.
  • Ensure that our legal and judicial system can effectively protect and empower victims of family violence with our Legal Services Panel, including the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency and Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service.


Who Should Attend Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence?

Those responsible for designing and delivering Indigenous family violence policies, programmes and services from:
  •  State and Federal Government
  • Local Councils
  • Not-for-Profits
  • Family Violence Support Centres
  • Family Violence Shelters
  • Community Organisations and Foundations
  • Police and ambulance services

Partnership Opportunities

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Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Venue

The conference will be held at a Premium hotel in the Sydney CBD. Delegates will be updated 3-weeks prior to the event.