Day 1

Morning Sessions 

8:00am Registration

9:00am Welcome to Imagining a World without Gendered Violence Conference:
Moo Baulch (CEO, DVNSW)
9:10am Welcome to Country: Yvonne Weldon (Chairperson, Metropolitan Land
Council/DVNSW Board)
9:20am Strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women
We are privileged to hear from powerful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
women working in the domestic and family violence sector. Through their
combined expertise and lived experience, they will discuss the critical issues
facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and clients, focusing on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety, trauma informed care,
boundaries and collective operation.
Speakers: Ashlee Donohue (facilitator), Bronwyn Penrith, Dixie Link-Gordon,
Charmaigne Weldon, Jennah Dungay and Elaine Gordon

10:50am Morning Tea

11:20am Children, Complex Trauma and Domestic Violence
This session presents the latest research from NSW and Australia to ensure
that the experiences and voices of children are an explicit focus in the broader
national conversation on domestic and family violence currently underway
in our country. The session will focus on the economic cost of violence
against children and young people in NSW as well as emerging, cutting edge
research on complex trauma and child abuse and its implications for enhanced
Speakers: Associate Professor Michael Salter (UNSW), and Andrew Johnson
(NSW Advocate for Children and Young People)
12:40pm Minister’s Address: Minister Mark Speakman (Attorney General for NSW and
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence) will provide an inaugural address
for the DVNSW 2019 Conference.

12:50pm Lunch

1:50pm Diramin Wirawi dancers from Redfern Youth Connect performance

Afternoon sessions

The afternoon sessions will include; a choice of presentations in the main
auditorium, more specialist sessions in break out rooms, or alternatively a
half-day workshop:
Session 1. A choice of either:
2:05pm Main Auditorium: Inclusivity and Accessibility
This panel will feature experts speaking about accessibility and inclusivity of
domestic and family violence services, specifically in relation to people with
disability and LGBTIQ communities. Panellists will share their expertise as
well as concrete strategies for workers, services and communities to become
more accessible to marginalised communities.
Speakers: Kai Noonan (ACON), Polly Seymour and Freya Higgins (PWDA)

2:05pm Break out session: Practical Advocacy Skills
Caterina Giorgi (Founder and Managing Director of For Purpose), will work
alongside workshop participants to help develop the critical skills required
to navigate the policy development process and make change happen. This
session will provide participants with the opportunity to develop tailored
advocacy strategies, with innovative tactics, to achieve desired policy
outcomes, for their own organisations.

3:20pm Afternoon Tea

Session 2. A choice of either:
3:50pm Main Auditorium: National and International Action
This session will bring together experts working nationally on gendered
violence in Australia. The focus will be on Australian federal policy on
gendered violence, the latest Australian research and knowledge translation
on gendered violence and national advocacy on the continuing case for a
specialist response to domestic and family violence across jurisdictions in
Speakers: Dr Merrindahl Andrew (AWAVA), Dr Heather Nancarrow
3:50pm Break out session: Afternoon Workshop – Achieving safety for Clients
This session will provide practical information for on-the-ground workers
to support their clients to achieve safety. The session will feature three
informative speakers; Alice Stiles from Legal Aid presenting on the statewide
Safer Pathway program, Alex Davis from Legal Aid presenting on
online safety for clients and Nicole Yade from Lou’s Place presenting on
their program ‘Always Mum’ helping mums with children in Out Of Home
Care connect with their children.
Speakers: Alex Davis and Alice Stiles (Legal Aid), Nicole Yade (Lou’s Place)

Alternatively you can attend a full afternoon workshop in
The Heritage Room:
2:05 – 4:50pm Break out room 2: Challenging Systemic Racism to Create Cultural Safety
Louisa Consultancy will lead a workshop on reciprocal learning. It will
explore Aboriginal Worldviews, Common Beliefs, and how this combination
can affect service delivery. The workshop uses a combination of truth
telling and story sharing and uses the principles of 8 ways of learning in its
Facilitator: Yatungka Gordon and Chantay Link (Louisa Consultancy)
4:55 – 5:05pm Main Auditorium – Wrap
Followed by drinks and networking in the Heritage Room


Morning Sessions

8:00am Registration

9:00am Welcome to Conference Day 2: Moo Baulch (CEO, DVNSW)

9:10am Shadow Minister’s Address: Trish Doyle (Shadow Minister for the Prevention of
Domestic Violence) will provide the shadow ministerial address for the DVNSW
2019 Conference.

Session 1. A choice of either:
9:25am Forced Marriage, Trafficking and Slavery and Women on Temporary Visas
Panellists will explore what domestic and family violence looks like in the
context of forced marriage, trafficking and slavery – particularly with regard
to the role of family members in addition to intimate partners. The panel will
discuss the barriers that people experiencing forced marriage, trafficking and
slavery face in accessing housing, financial, health, legal and social support.
The panel will also focus on women on temporary visas as a group that is at
risk of this type of violence.
Speakers: Katie Young (Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre), Grace Wong
(Anti-Slavery Australia), Laura Vidal (Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand)

9:25am Break out 2: Voices for Change
This session will introduce Voices for Change; a survivor media advocacy
project run by DVNSW. The project aims to prevent violence against women
and intimate partner violence through improving media reporting and supporting
an increased number of survivor voices to educate the community
about intimate partner and family violence. Learn from the voices of people
with lived experience through short presentations by advocates involved in
the project.
Speakers: Jayke Burgess, Natalia Esdaile-Watts, Tammy Halls, Synthia
Huynh, Jasmine Lenartowicz, Jane Matts, Rachael Natoli, Alison Nuske,
Talie Star, Sina Tehrani, Kowana Welsh, Catalina Valencia

10:45am Morning Tea
Gaby Carney (Legal Aid) will provide a short update on WDVCAS

Session 2. A choice of either:
11:15am Main Auditorium: Conversations with Men and Men’s Behavioural Change
Featuring a range of experts in the field, this panel will explore engaging with
men in the movement to end gendered violence and evidence based perpetrator
behavioural change programs.
Speakers: June Wilson (Kempsey Families), Lizette Twisleton (No To
Violence), and Kathy Powell (Domestic Violence Strategy, Department of
Communities and Justice)
11:15am Break out 1: Young People & Domestic and Family Violence
This dynamic panel will feature a range of speakers with expertise working
with young people who have experienced domestic and family violence.
Panellists will explore both the unique experiences of young people from a
diverse range of backgrounds who experience domestic and family violence,
as well as strategies for best practice which can be adopted by workers and
services across NSW.
Speakers: Georgia Carr (fEMPOWER), Jacqui McKenzie (Youth Action),
Susan Farrar (Twenty10), Kowana Walsh (Tribal Warrior)


 Afternoon sessions

12:45pm Lunch

Session 3. A choice of either:
1:45pm Main Auditorium: Sexual Consent
This session will explore the adequacy of NSW consent laws in relation to
sexual assault offences, and the broader context in which they operate. The
panel discussion will additionally explore systematic problems with sexual
assault reporting and convictions, the question of specialist courts and the
role of the law and society more broadly in informing cultural and societal
change, especially in light of the #metoo movement.
Speakers: Saxon Mullins (survivor and anti-violence advocate), Dr. Rachael
Burgin (researcher on sexual consent), and Erin Gough (NSW Law Reform
1:45pm Break out 1: Homelessness and Domestic and Family Violence
Facilitated by Homelessness NSW, a peak not-for-profit organisation that
works with its members to prevent and reduce homelessness across NSW,
this panel will inform participants of the latest trends and dynamics in
homelessness and the homelessness sector. Participants will learn about
current projects in NSW to end homelessness as well as key challenges for
marginalized communities including Aboriginal women and young people.
Facilitator: Katherine McKernan (Homelessness NSW) Speakers:
Annabelle Daniel (Women’s Community Shelters),
Monique Wiseman (Homelessness NSW), Gemma Luckett (yFoundations),
Hazel Blunden (Social Policy Research Centre)

3:05pm Afternoon Tea

Session 4. A choice of either:
3:30pm Main Auditorium: Abortion and Coercion
This session will inform participants about the dynamics of reproductive
coercion as a form of abuse and links to abortion. Advocacy to change
conservative abortion laws in NSW has put this issue in the news; this
session will explore and explain the issues further.
Speakers: Denele Crozier (Women’s Health NSW), Sinead Canning
(Women’s Electoral Lobby), Gina Rushton (BuzzFeed)

3:30pm Break out 1: Domestic Violence Tenancy Reforms
Speaker: Liz Snell (Women’s Legal Service NSW),
Kellie McDonald (Women’s Legal Service NSW)
4:05pm Sorting It Out
Gaining a better understanding of gay, bisexual and queer (GBQ) men’s
attitudes towards and experiences of domestic violence and sexual assault
is the focus of a landmark study ‘Sorting It Out’, conducted by ACON and
researchers at Western Sydney University. This presentation will explore
the results of the ‘Sorting It Out’ research as well as the findings from the
two subsequent community consultations with GBTQ men.
Speaker: Annaliese Constable (ACON)
4:35 – 5:00pm Conference summary and close
Moo Baulch (CEO, DVNSW)