Kornar Winmil Yunti announces guest speakers that will present at the National Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence Conference on the 15th -16 September at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Adelaide.
Rosie Batty is an Australian domestic violence campaigner and the 2015 Australian of the Year. After establishing the Luke Batty Foundation, Rosie researched extensively the best way to utilise the funds raised to it make a real difference. Since Luke’s death, Rosie has found herself talking to the media, meeting politicians and being invited to talk as a key note speaker to numerous community forums, corporate events and family violence conferences. Much to her surprise she has received awards and acknowledgements from both sides of politics and realised that perhaps she is making a difference. Rosie is determined that Luke’s death will not be in vain if she has anything to do with it! Rosie is now totally committed to making a difference and has the support of many men and women who also want change and who are prepared to help support her to turn things around and demand a society that offers compassion, understanding and effective support to those affected by family violence. Rosie will share her journey and new life purpose with those who are also committed to forcing social change.
Grant Steven Is the New South Australia Police (SAPOL) Commissioner. Highlights for Mr Stevens include creating and managing the Pedophile Task Force in 2003, which was established to investigate allegations of historic child sexual abuse against children in care. It became South Australia’s largest ongoing Task Force investigation until its work was completed in 2010. He went on to improve practices and structures for the investigation process for sexual offending across the State and proposed the establishment of a centralised specialist unit. As a result, in 2004 SAPOL’s Sexual Crime Investigation Branch was formed and Mr Stevens appointed Officer in Charge. That structure remains in place today. More recently he has driven SAPOL’s response to preventing and investigating family and domestic violence. Mr Stevens represents SAPOL on a number of boards including the Australia New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee. On a personal level, he is heavily involved in his local community and serves on a range of boards and committees including Chair for both White Ribbon SA and the not-for profit charity Ride Like Crazy Inc.
Libby Davies is currently the CEO of White Ribbon Australia. Prior to this position, and in recent years, Libby has worked extensively across the social policy and community services sector holding leadership and senior executive positions and as a consultant. She has worked as a business development consultant to a number of organisations such as Frontier Services, the national provider of aged and community services across rural and remote Australia; senior policy adviser with the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, and as a consultant in the areas of social policy, strategic planning and mentoring to the community sector. Libby has also held a number of chief executive positions, such as CEO for Family Services Australia, National Director of UnitingCare Australia and Executive Director of the Head Injury Council of Australia (now Brain Injury Australia). She is currently a Director of Lifeline Australia, member of the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Council and member of the NSW Preventing Domestic and Family Violence Social Investment Advisory Group. Libby has served on a variety of Boards including immediate past Chair of the Board of UnitingCare NSW.ACT, the House with No Steps, The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and held a range of representative positions (including at executive and ministerial level) in health, ageing, and family and community services including ACOSS. Before moving into national social policy and advocacy work in community and welfare services, Libby worked in projects of national significance with the Australian Government relating to education and national curriculum development, and was a secondary teacher of social sciences.
Rodney Vlais is the Manager of No to Violence Male Family Prevention Association (NTV), a psychologist and one of Australia’s leading policy workers and spokespersons for work with men who perpetrate family and domestic violence. An experienced men’s behaviour change program practitioner, Rodney has worked in six programs over a period of ten years, has written widely on the issues, and has provided training to program practitioners and other family violence system workers across most Australian states and territories.
Dr Sarah Wendt
Sarah has a background in social work. She is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy and researches violence against women, particularly domestic violence. She wrote Domestic Violence in Rural Australia (2009): The Federation Press and Domestic Violence in Diverse Contexts: a re-examination of gender (2014): Routledge. She had been published in numerous high-ranking, international academic journals including Health & Social Care in the Community, International Social Work, Journal of Social Work, British Journal of Social Work, Journal of Rural Studies, Affilia: Women and Social Work and Australian Social Work. Her current research projects explore the impact of domestic violence on women’s citizenship, the role of religion in domestic violence, service provision for Aboriginal communities experiencing family violence, and how workers talk about domestic violence with men
Heidi Ehrat is a Social Worker with over 20 years of direct practice; evaluation and research; policy and human service development; and management experience across child protection, victim support services, family services as well as primary and tertiary health systems.Heidi has extensive experience working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are navigating through Criminal justice and Family law legal systems and has been in her current role as Senior Research Officer (Domestic Violence), based in the South Australian Coroner’s Court, since January 2011.Heidi is a current member of the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network (ADFVDRN) .
Arman currently runs his own design & construction firm. He is an active Rotarian, a member of the Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast Committee and also a founding member of the Zahra Foundation Australia. He has been involved in a wide variety of events and forums to discuss a variety of topics including men’s behaviour, violence & abuse athome & workplace, abusive and unhealthy relationships. Arman is a white ribbon ambassador who experienced the devastating impact of domestic violence firsthand. In March 2010 Arman’s mother was brutally murdered by her estranged husband, Arman’s father, in front of 300 people at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This lead Arman to become a passionate advocate for better legislation, policy & procedures to deal with domestic violence in SA.
Graeme Pearce has enjoyed a 30 year career with Correctional Services. His career commenced in May 1985 as a Youth Worker in a Juvenile Remand and Detention Centre in Alice Springs. In December 1986 he commenced as Probation and Parole Officer in Alice Springs. In November 1989 he was promoted to the position of Senior Juvenile Justice Officer. From June 1990 to July 1995 Graeme was employed by the South Australian Department for Correctional Services as the Manager of Ceduna Community Corrections Office. Then he returned to the Northern Territory as the Manager of Katherine Community Corrections for 3 years. From July 1998 to January 2007 Graeme was the Assistant Director South. During the last 3 years of this position he initiated and managed the Indigenous Family Violence Offender Program in the Northern Territory. He resigned from Northern Territory Correctional Services to take up a contract with the challenge of implementing and delivering family violence programs in the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands of Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia.
Andrew O’Keefe, White Ribbon Ambassador, Seven Network PresenterAndrew has been a part of the Australian White Ribbon Campaign from its beginnings in 2004, and was the inaugural Chairman of the White Ribbon Australia Board from 2007 to 2013. Andrew was also a member of the inaugural National Council, established by the Rudd Government, which drafted Time for Action: the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. He remains an active White Ribbon Ambassador. Andrew spent five years as a lawyer with Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters) before moving into a career in entertainment. He is currently the host of the programmes Deal or No Deal and Weekend Sunrise on the Seven Network.
Tiffany Sharp runs a soon to be incorporated body, BOMSupport, (Breakdown Of Marriage Support). A peer led support group catering to former partners of Australian Defence Force personnel. The primary objective is to assist in the prevention of military relationship breakdown, prevention of military domestic violence, prevention of inter-generational impacts of domestic dysfunction, enhance military healthy relationships and assist the health of the veteran community. Their members are nationally based, comprising of mainly female former partners of personnel in The Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army relationships.Tiffany has combined the latest research in global health trends and promote the benefits to the community utilising evidence based frameworks and media. Tiffany regularly presents workshops on health to corporations, defence and legal industries and cross media mediums highlighting health issues. she has appeared in government endorsed health promotion media and press conferences to reduce the stigma of mental health issues in the contemporary veteran community.
Associate Professor Nik Taylor
Nik Taylor is a sociologist who has been researching human-animal relations for over 15 years, after spending years running an animal shelter and being part of the women’s movement against domestic violence. Nik has published 4 books and over 40 journal articles and book chapters on the human-pet bond; treatment of animals and animal welfare; links between human aggression and animal cruelty including those between domestic violence, animal abuse and child abuse; slaughterhouses; meat-eating, and, animal shelter work. She has written for diverse audiences including, The Guardian, The Drum, The Conversation as well as numerous blogs and websites. Her most recent books include The Rise of Critical Animal Studies (ed., with Richard Twine, Routledge, 2014), Humans, Animals and Society (Lantern Books, 2013) and Animals at Work (with Lindsay Hamilton, Brill Academic, 2013)”.
Dr. Heather Fraser
Heather Fraser has been a social work educator for two decades, working in several Australian social work programs and one in Winnipeg, Canada. She started her career working in residential care, working in a women’s refuge, a youth refuge and a residential home for people who are hearing impaired. Heather then practiced social work in London, England and Melbourne, Victoria, focusing most on work with women and child victims of abuse. Since 2009 she has worked as a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University in South Australia, and is now the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning for her School. Heather’s current research projects relate to a) understanding violence and abuse from an anti-oppressive practice perspective; b) the meanings people attribute to their companion animals; c) working class women’s experiences of university; and d) helping alliances with marginalised community members, particularly those facing problems with poverty, trauma, violence and substance use. Heather’s identifies as a narrative feminist and critical social worker and is author of the book, In the Name of Love, Women’s Narratives of Love and Abuse (Women’s Press, Toronto) and coauthor to ten book chapters and twelve refereed journal articles.
Nik and Heather are co-convenors of the Animals in Society Working Group.
Sergeant Andrew Stott
Sergeant Andrew Stott is the newly appointed Manager of the Limestone Coast Crime Prevention Section based in Mount Gambier, very recently taking over from the current Police Officer of the Year, Sergeant Paul Scicluna.
Andy joined SAPOL in 1979 and has worked as frontline police officer since that time, initially based in Adelaide and then for the past 32 years in various regional locations throughout South Australia, including Leigh Creek, Murray Bridge, Mannum, Lucindale, Peterborough and Mount Gambier. As a frontline police officer he has responded to and seen the impact of many incidents of violence both domestic and otherwise and is an advocate for victim support and ending the cycle of violence.
Sergeant Stott is an active member of the Mount Gambier community and as a Rotarian and police officer was involved with the Limestone Coast Ice Factor forums since their inception. In that time the Ice Factor Forum was rolled out to many regional centres in the Limestone Coast and delivered factual and useful information and advice to more than 2000 people. He is currently involved with the next step in the ICE Factor program with his participation on the Limestone Coast Crisis Centre Steering Committee which is a joint program between community groups, the Limestone Coast Drug Action Team, Pangula Mannamurna Inc and the Rotary Club of Mount Gambier West and is identifying the next step in the fight against Ice in the Limestone Coast region.
Superintendent Trevor Twilley
Superintendent Trevor Twilley is the Officer in Charge of the Limestone Coast Local Service Area with 12 Police Stations and 115 staff. He has been a White Ribbon Ambassador for 7 years this year.Having been a Police Officer for 37 years, he has witnessed too often, damage and trauma done to victims of Domestic Violence, their children and the wider community. In his position he engages extensively with the community and media and through these forums has been able to openly raise and discuss the issue of Domestic Violence, in particular, his own community as they are not immune from it. Superintendent Twilley believes that Domestic Violence is not just an issue for Police to manage as there are many causative factors resulting in Domestic Violence and as such it is imperative that it becomes a ‘Community’ issue to problem solve and resolve. In recent years through his community engagement he has identified a number of male leaders within his community and recruited them to become White Ribbon Ambassadors with a strong focus to engage our younger community members in the fight to end Domestic Violence. These include the Regional Manager of Limestone Coast Department of Education and Child Development who has some 70 schools he is accountable for, coupled with the Principal of Tenison Woods College with over 1400 students provide an excellent opportunity to engage our youth. In addition, the General Manager of Group Training Employment who manages approximately 240+ apprentices, many of whom are males has now incorporated into their induction program Domestic Violence Awareness. Having such Ambassadors has significantly increased the awareness and highlighted the unacceptability of Domestic Violence within our community whilst also contributing to a significant increase in our youth participating in White Ribbon activities.
Paul Linossier trained in Social Work at Monash University. Subsequent senior appointments include Director, Harrison Youth Services, Executive Director, Kildonan Child and Family Services and Acting Executive Director at Moreland Hall and Orana Family Services. For five years he had a consultancy practice, specialising in strategic planning and organisational review. In 1997 he was appointed as the founding CEO of MacKillop Family Services and led that organization through its formation and growth until September 2009. Paul is a Life Member of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and past Chairperson of the Council of Catholic Social Services Victoria. He was a member of the Premiers Victorian Children’s Council and a past Board Member of both Melbourne CityMission and the Victorian Council of Social Service. Paul commenced as the Executive Director, Early Childhood Development with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in October, 2009. Paul is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OUR WATCH
Vicky Welgraven is a proud Adnyamathanha woman from the Northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. Vicky’s Aboriginal community is Nepabunna nestled in the beautiful Flinders Ranges. A loving mother to her daughter Khyleesha and wife to Stephen, Vicky was born in Adelaide and grew up in Port Augusta where she completed her primary and high school years. Vicky has worked in the public sector for the past 21 years working in both State and Federal Government and in the community in various roles in the areas of health, workforce and housing.Vicky has won a number of awards and achieved a number of qualifications for her work.Vicky can speak the Adnyamathanha Language fluently and is looking forward to protecting the health, human rights & fundamental freedoms that are significant to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women and children.
Tracey Currie is a Badtjala woman from the Fraser Coast in Queensland who has worked mainly in the health sector for the past 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science and has completed postgraduate studies in Journalism and Public Sector Management. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of
Management. Tracey was formerly the CEO of Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative, Awabakal Aboriginal Co-operative, and the peak Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council of Tasmania. She has held numerous positions on boards and advisory committees at a local and national level, including the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, the Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia Policy Council, National Co-Morbidity Forum, the Weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation, the National Aboriginal Workforce Committee for the Department of Education, Science and Training and the Department of Health and Ageing.
Michelle is a Ngarrindjeri Latvian woman born in Port Augusta, South Australia and broughtup in the Illawarra region of New South Wales. Michelle is recognised in Australia as an accomplished communicator with more than two decades of experience and numerous awards for her contributions to socially responsible reporting in media. She graduated from Mitchell CAE in Bathurst NSW with a BA in Communications (Print Journalism) and later studied at the University of New South Wales for TESOL qualifications (Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages).Michelle taught English in eastern Indonesia and at Wollongong University College, lectured at Wollongong University in Aboriginal Studies, and had extensive input into the creation of an Arts third-year unit “Indigenous Theories of Decolonisation”. Michelle has worked in commercial Australian television and radio across three states, and News Radio with the ABC. She is currently the national Executive Producer of SBS Radio Living Black, and 2015 Global Visiting Professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, specialising in cultural competency in writing and reporting in Indigenous communities .In 2009 she joined the national First Nations Voice Project in conjunction with the Queensland University of Technology as an Industry Mentor, is a Director of the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and the female current affairs promotions voice of SBS Television. Some of Michelle’s career highlights include the 2012 Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) International Award, Best Radio Personality “Michelle Lovegrove: A Voice of Many Indigenous Stories Across Australia”; the Walkley Award for coverage of Indigenous Affairs and the UN Media Peace Award for Best Online 2012 both for “The Block: Stories From A Meeting Place; The UN Media Peace Award for Radio, “Two Decades, Too Little, Too Late for Many: What became of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody?” (group award); and Commercial Radio Industry Awards Winner Best National Newsreader (Metropolitan and Provincial) across multiple years.