Domestic Violence Does Not Discriminate
The 3rd STOP Domestic Violence Conference Australia will be held at Rydges Melbourne from Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 December, followed by half day workshops on Wednesday 6 December 2017.
This year the conference will embark on the theme of ‘Domestic Violence Does Not Discriminate’ with nine featured speakers and over 50 expert stream/ workshop presenters. The conference aims to provide a platform for a unified national voice on ending domestic violence.
We feel safer when we think domestic violence happens somewhere else to someone else. In reality, men, women and children of all races, orientation and social standing can be affected by domestic violence. Whether it is physical, social, financial, verbal, psychological, spiritual, sexual or emotional – domestic violence can leave scars on those affected. Our human basic needs of comfort and security are violated when violence is common, impacting home life, the work place and the community.
The ‘Violence Against Women in Australia’ report (Anrows 2015) highlights that one in four women have experienced at least one incident of violence by an intimate partner.
These statistics reveal that domestic violence is an epidemic in Australia. With the help of main stream media channels domestic violence is being exposed and the conversations that need to happen have started. This conference aims to be informative and thought provoking by gathering professionals, academics, community support centres, victims and offenders to engage and connect and to look at ways to support the victims and prevent perpetrators of domestic violence.
The STOP Domestic Violence Conference Australia will address and encompass a variety of topics including impacts on the family, community, services and support, law enforcement, socio-economic implications, research findings and protection of the vulnerable.
The Conference Program Committee would like to thank the 2016 Keynote Speakers
- Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP – Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Member for Waterford (Opening Address)
- Mary Barry – CEO, Our Watch
- Moo Baulch – CEO, Domestic Violence NSW
- Todd Greenberg – CEO, NRL
- Dr Adele Murdolo – Executive Director, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
- Rebecca Poulson (lived experience)
- Jacqui Watt – CEO, No to Violence