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.

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.

The conference has provided the opportunity for conversation over the past 5 years. This year we will highlight WHAT has changed? WHAT have we learnt? & HOW far have we come? to provide a reminder of the work that the Domestic Violence survivors, researchers, law enforcement, first responders, health and community workers, professional services and political contributors have made that has set the tone and voice for change.

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Proud Gold Partner 2018


Goals and Objectives

Our commitment to STOPPING Domestic Violence is: Information exchange + research + best practice outcomes + collaboration case studiesEducation for professionals and products, services and delivery models. We provide a platform to participate, collaborate & share to contribute to safer, caring communities. 

Abstract Submission


Online Registration


Proposed Program 2018

8.30 – 9.00am Conference Opening Session
9.00 – 10.30am Keynote Session
10.30 – 11.00am Morning Tea
11.00 – 12.30pm Concurrent Sessions
12.30 – 1.30pm Concurrent Sessions
3.00 – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea
3.30 – 5.00pm Concurrent Sessions
5.00 – 6.30pm Networking Function
9.00 – 10.30am Concurrent Sessions
10.30 – 11.00am Morning Tea
11.00 – 12.30pm Concurrent Sessions
12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 – 3.00pm Concurrent Sessions
3.00 – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea
3.30 – 5.00pm Keynote Session & Conference Closing
9.00-10.30am Workshop Session 1
10.30 – 11.00am Morning Tea
11.00 – 12.30pm Workshop Session 2

Program Committee 2018

  • Ms Kelly-Ann Tansley, Integrated Practice Specialist, Domestic Violence Centre Gold Coast
  • 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, Manager, Justice and Family Services, Ruah Community Services

Keynote Presenters


  • Associate Professor Kathleen Baird, Griffith University & Gold Coast University Hospital, Deputy Chair, Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board, 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)


  • Ms Kay McGrath, Journalist & Chair, Domestic & Family Violence Implementation Council, Queensland

Listen to our 2017 Keynote Speakers

Dr Michael Salter, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Western Sydney University (sponsored by RACGP)

Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter, Family Violence Command, Victoria Police


Abstracts open: March 2018
Abstracts close: Friday 24th August
Notification to authors: Monday 10th September
Author acceptances: Monday 17th September
Draft program available: Monday 24th September
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


25% program or support service delivery professionals, 23% delegates from pivotal leadership and management levels of organisations (CEO, Director, GM, etc), 12% from medical industry (psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, clinical nurses), 17% from allied health (counsellors, social workers, case workers, music therapists, occupational therapist, support workers), 10% from education or academic (Professors, lecturers, researchers, students), 5% investigators or police, 5% from policy or advocacy and 3% from legal expertise and family law.

Highlights from 2017

Over 300 delegates collaborated and shared strategies, projects and research related to the conference theme of ‘Domestic Violence Does Not Discriminate’

Highly acclaimed Keynotes

  • Ms Julie Inman Grant, Commissioner, Office of the eSafety Commissioner
  • Dr Rachel Carson, Senior Research Fellow, Manager – Family Law and Family Violence,Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Dr Michael Salter, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Western Sydney University (sponsored by RACGP)
  • Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter, Family Violence Command, Victoria Police
  • Ms Fiona McCormack, CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria
  • Ms Kati Kraszlan, Acting Commissioner for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice, Western Australia
  • Mr Edward Mosby, Pyschologist & Council Member, Wakai Waian Healing & The Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council

Plenary Panel experts including

  • Ms Patty Kinnersley, Director Practice Leadership, Our Watch
  • Dr Lara Fergus, Director Policy and Evaluation, Our Watch
  • Mr Scott Holmes, Manager Practice Leadership, Our Watch
  • Mr Cameron McLeod, General Manager Community Engagement, North Melbourne Football Club

And over 100 expert stream and workshop presenters, the program represented the breadth of topic areas and key insights of those who are involved and work within domestic and family violence.

222 unique organisations joined the Conference, 219 different positions titles ranging from program or support service delivery professionals, pivotal leadership and management levels of organisations, medical industry,  allied health, education and academic, investigators or police, policy or advocacy and legal expertise and family law.

Partners 2017

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