Agenda

08:30

09:00

GOVERNMENT

09:10

 

  • Developing a new Employment and Leadership Strategy to increase women’s participation in non-traditional and growing industries 
  • Improving the availability of private rental accommodation to support women who leave violent relationships 
  • Implementing Safe Practice Standards for Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Services to ensure consistency in service delivery standards across the state 

 

09:40

  • Full implementation of the Family Safety Hub 
  • Training for frontline workers across the health, education, community services and justice sectors 
  • More investment in frontline services for Canberrans in crisis with additional resources for the Canberra Rape Crisis Service and Domestic Violence Crisis Service 
  • More funding for specialist homeless services 

10:20

POLICE AND LAW-ENFORCEMENT 

10:40

 

 

  • How police can work to prevent and reduce domestic violence incidents 
  • Training officers to identify perpetrators at the scene 
  • Referring victims of domestic violence effectively to other agencies 

 

 

FAMILY VIOLENCE SERVICES 

11:20

 

  • Planning long-term funding for financial sustainability 
  • Partnering with other organisations to pool resources 
  • Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of frontline workers 

 

12:10

Roundtable A 
Developing essential skills for men’s behaviour change programs 
Stephen Walton, Acting Team Leader, Men’s Domestic and Family Violence Interventions, NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence 
 
Roundtable B 
Helping women on the journey to recovery from the trauma of sexual assault 
Maya Finch, Sexual Assault Counsellor, Northern Sydney Local Health District – Sexual Assault Service 
 
Roundtable C 
Understanding domestic and family violence in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities 
Dr Hadeel Al-Alosi, Lecturer, School of Law, Western Sydney University 

12:50

LAW AND JUSTICE 

01:50

 

  • Key components of the Safer Pathway model 
  • Ensuring that the right services are provided to victims when they need them in an integrated way 
  • Opportunities the Safer Pathways model has created for further service system integration 

 

02:20

  • Provision of legal advice and casework assistance in a range of legal matters 
  • Social work support including help with safety planning 
  • Community legal education about domestic and family violence 

02:50

  • Supporting women through our Domestic Violence Units  
  • Partnering with hospitals throughout Brisbane to provide free legal assistance to hospital patients and carers  
  • Helping women navigate the court system with our duty lawyer service 

03:20

03:40

  • Assisting domestic violence agencies, hospitals and other first responders to safely access specialist legal assistance 
  • Informing domestic and family violence survivors of their role and rights in the criminal justice process 
  • Non-legal alternatives to working through the court process 

SURVIVORS 

04:30

  • Role of advocacy and counselling interventions in reducing sexual violence 
  • Educating people in respectful relationships and non-violent social norms 
  • Evaluating the success of primary prevention interventions in sexual violence 

05:00

05:10

08:30

09:00

09:10

 

  • Working across multiple settings and contexts to build the capacity of all Australians – governments, communities and organisations – to do things differently addressing gender inequality 
  • Challenging social norms that condone or excuse violence against women 
  • Promoting women’s leadership in workplaces and public life 

 

STOPPING SEXUAL VIOLENCE 

09:40

 

  • Helping survivors overcome the emotional trauma of sexual violence 
  • Legal options for survivors of intimate partner sexual violence 
  • Accounting for intimate partner sexual violence in responses and support for survivors 

 

WORKPLACE 

10:10

 

  • The role of workplaces in providing pathways to support domestic violence survivors 
  • Providing a source of income and financial independence 
  • Creating a zero-tolerance environment for sexual harassment 

 

10:40

WORKING WITH PERPETRATORS OF VIOLENCE 

11:00

 

  • Getting perpetrators to take responsibility for their own actions 
  • Strategies to support non-abusive behaviour 
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of behaviour change programs for perpetrators 

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CAMPAIGNS AND ADVERTISING 

11:50

  • Providing strong leadership in communities against violence-supportive cultures 
  • Promoting healthier attitudes towards gender equality 
  • Educating men on non-physical forms of domestic violence 

12:20

PROTECTING CHILDREN AND YOUTH 

01:20

  • Early intervention through screening in antenatal settings for pregnant women at risk of domestic and family violence 
  • Behavioural and psychological impact of domestic and family violence on children 
  • Accounting for the impact of domestic and family violence in placement 

 

 

01:50

  • Removing children from homes exposed to domestic violence and abuse 
  • Overcoming the intergenerational transmission of violence 
  • Support networks for children to recover from abuse and trauma 

02:40

TECHNOLOGY 

03:00

  • Deploying the mobile app Sunny to support women with disabilities experiencing violence and abuse 
  • Effectively managing diverse key stakeholders and a complex project on time and on budget  
  • Facilitating a National Expert Advisory Group of women with disabilities 

03:30

 

  • Knowing the signs of misuse of technology and practical ways to help clients use technology 
  • Helping clients to identify red flags with social media and what constitutes image-based abuse 
  • Understanding the law with respect to technology-facilitated abuse and how best to collect evidence 

 

04:00

04:10

Post-Conference Workshop

Trauma-informed approach for survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence 

 
There is increasing recognition of the importance of responding to people who have experienced interpersonal and sexual violence in a way that acknowledges the impacts of trauma and enhances their ability to feel empowered when accessing support. 
 
This workshop will review foundational knowledge and skills related to concepts of violence and trauma-informed care. It will draw upon current theories and evidence-based practice. Through small group activities and facilitated discussions, this workshop will also provide an opportunity for the participants to reflect on current practice and workplace and explore opportunities to implement or enhance trauma-informed responses to survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence.
 
 

Participants Will Gain:

  • Knowledge about the impact of interpersonal and sexual violence and the benefits of providing violence and trauma-informed response to survivors 
  • Information about current practice and evidence in relation to violence and trauma-informed responses to people who have experienced interpersonal and sexual violence 
  • An opportunity to reflect on their practice and barriers to applying trauma-informed care to participants’ work context 

Agenda

9.00 AM
(includes a break for morning tea from 10.45-11.15) 
 
SESSION ONE: FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS 
Overview of interpersonal and sexual violence 
  • Prevalence 
  • Vulnerable populations & intersectionality 
  • Small group activity – Trauma impacts: 
    • Trauma/complex trauma 
    • Trauma response (how people might present experienced trauma/no history of trauma) 
Service responses 
  • Violence and trauma-informed care 
  • Strengths-based response 
  • Intersectionality and anti-oppressive practice 
  • Small group activity – Applying principles of trauma-informed care  
 
12.30 – 1.30 PM
Networking Lunch 
 
1.30 - 4.30 PM
(includes a break for afternoon tea from 3.15-3.45) 
 
SESSION TWO: PRACTICE ISSUES
Overview of current practices (examples from the field) 
  • Case studies: Systematic challenges/barriers to implementing a trauma-informed response 
    • Individual practice issues when working with people who have experienced interpersonal and sexual violence 
    • Workplace responses to working with people who have experienced DV and sexual violence  
Workshop wrap-up
 

About the Workshop Facilitators  

Tara Hunter and Maya Finch are currently employed at the Northern Sydney Sexual Assault Service which provides counselling, medical and advocacy services for people who have experienced sexual assault.  
 
Tara Hunter is the Manager of the Northern Sydney Sexual Assault Service, a role which includes overseeing service implementation, the provision of clinical consultation and direct client care to people who have been sexually assaulted.
 
 
Maya is employed as a Senior Sexual Assault Counsellor at Northern Sydney Sexual Assault Service. Maya has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Sydney and has worked across several Sydney Hospitals. Together Tara and Maya bring a range of clinical and educational skills and experiences, supported by a passion to support the improvement of service and community responses for people who have experienced interpersonal and sexual violence.