Stop Domestic Violence Conference, Australia

The annual STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held at QT, Gold Coast on Monday 3  and Tuesday 4 December 2018 with optional workshops on Wednesday 5 December.  The objective of the conference is to provide a platform for a unified voice to share, network and collaborate on the challenges and successes of behaviour change.  Our human basic needs of comfort and security are violated when violence is common, impacting home life, the work place and the community.

“The conference has provided the opportunity for conversation over the past 3 years. In 2018 we will highlight WHAT has changed? WHAT have we learnt? & HOW far have we come? “
Sam Stewart, CEO, Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association

Domestic and family violence does not discriminate, women, men and children of all races, orientation and social standing can be affected by domestic violence and it happens in many forms whether it is physical, social, economical, verbal, psychological, spiritual, sexual or emotional.

The conference will be exploring vulnerable groups and the various challenges and gaps in services, perpetrator behaviour and program, law enforcement, first responders,  creating a resilient workforce, impacts of technology, mitigating domestic and family violence, research findings, protection of the vulnerable that will contribute to the educational program of over 70 expert presenters and workshops and 9 Keynote Presenters.

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Keynote Presenters


  • Ms Susan Beattie, Manager, Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Unit, Coroners Court of Queensland
  • Mr Desmond Campbell, Manager, Family Violence Program, Northern Territory Department of Correction Services
  • Professor Patrick O’Leary, School of Human Services and Social Work & School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
  • Ms Liana Buchanan, Principal Commissioner, Commission for Children and Young People (Victoria)
  • Dr Michael Flood, Associate Professor, ARC Future Fellow, Faculty of Law, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Mr Marc Hogan, Detective Inspector, Gold Coast District, South East Region, Queensland Police
  • Magistrate Colin Strofield, Domestic & Family Violence Court, Queensland Courts
  • Dr Manjula O’Connor, Consultant Psychiatrist, Australasian Centre for  Human Rights and Health
  • Dr Ann O’Neill,Patron, angelhands Inc

Program Committee 2018

  • Ms Kelly-Ann Tansley, Assistant Team Leader, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service
  • Ms Emma Gierschick, Consultant & Survivor Advocate
  • Ms Kym Tighe, Domestic & Family Violence Coordinator, Social Work and Support Services, Gold Coast Hospital & Health Service
  • Mr Marc Hogan, Detective Inspector, Gold Coast District, South East Region, Queensland Police
  • Ms Tori Cooke, Practice Specialist – Family Violence and Child Safety , Relationships Australia, Victoria

Partners & Exhibitors 2018


Presentation amendments: Friday 5th October
Presenter registration and payment: Friday 12th October
Full papers for peer review: Friday 19th October
Full paper for non-peer review: Friday 23rd November
Early bird registrations close: Friday 19th October

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