Conference Program Committee

Detective Inspector Marc Hogan, Gold Coast District, Queensland Police Service, Australia

Detective Inspector Marc Hogan is a member of the Queensland Police Service. Marc is the Officer in Charge of Crime, Child Protection and Domestic and Family Violence investigations at the city of the Gold Coast which is Australia’s sixth largest city and a leading tourist destination.

In late 2015 a number of very tragic domestic violence deaths occurred at the Gold Coast. National attention became focused on domestic and family violence and the new emerging environment required new approaches. The Queensland Police Service (QPS), Gold Coast Police District established a taskforce, embracing relationships for collaboration across government and non-government agencies and groups.

Detective Inspector Marc Hogan formed the taskforce in January of 2016. In the time since, the taskforce has established an unblemished reputation as being innovative, progressive and a leader in the provision of high end services for treating complex social harm environments. Taskforce programs and systems have saved lives and have provided greater safety for victims, in particular women and children.

Marc holds a Master of Leadership and Management and other formal qualifications and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has completed the Queensland Social Leadership Australia program and has served as a board member with Non-Government Organisations involved in substance rehabilitation and health services.

Tori Cooke | Manager, Justice and Family Services | Ruah Community Services

Victoria (Tori) Cooke is employed by Ruah Community Services as Manager, Justice and Family Services and is a White Ribbon Advocate and a member of the WA White Ribbon Committee.  Tori is a senior social work practitioner with experience in working with women experiencing FDV and men using violence and abuse.  She is a skilled trainer in men’s behaviour change programs and teams that work with women and children affected by violence and abuse.

For over 16 years Tori has worked with women’s refuges, magistrates and family court, police, child protection, advocacy, counselling and social policy.  Tori is active in working on prevention projects that explore and develop strategies for ‘interrupting’ men’s violence and abuse.  Tori is a highly regarded guest speaker and trainer in the field of family and domestic violence and has received awards from Curtin University of Technology, Sophia College and AnglicareWA.

Ms Emma Gierschick, Consultant & Survivor, White Ribbon Advocate

Emma Gierschick is a White Ribbon Advocate, and a survivor of both breast cancer, legal abuse and severe family violence.

She has a 10 year case management background working with vulnerable children and young people in schools, in out of home care or outreach work for those living on the streets. She is also the former step mother and /or guardian of 6 children, including 2 autistic boys and is the birth mother of a young daughter with Down syndrome and an intellectual disability.

Emma specialises in being the voice for children with a disability facing family violence. She has spent several years actively canvassing to get children with a disability recognised in family violence planning and recognised at all levels of parliament. She is published in several key Federal Government Documents and sits on multiple family violence panels.

Emma is a popular engaging speaker who delivers information in a unique memorable style. She presents around Victoria and speaks at National and International conferences.

Ms Kym Tighe (BSW), Domestic and Family Violence Co-ordinator, Social Work and Support Services, Cancer Access and Support Services (CASS), Gold Coast Health

Kym Tighe is an Advanced Social Worker currently employed by the Gold Coast Health Service as the Domestic and Family Violence Coordinator.  Kym completed a Bachelor of Social Work with CQ University and has worked predominantly in the Health sector, specialising in Emergency Department Social Work and Domestic and Family Violence. Kym has extensive clinical and management experience and was the Assistant Director of Social Work at Gold Coast University Hospital prior to commencing in the role as DFV Coordinator.  Kym is a member of the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Integrated Response Team and has held this position for 8 years.  She was selected as a member of the Qld Health DFV Strategic Policy Unit Expert Advisory Group 2016 and contributed to the AASW 2014 Qld Working Group submission to the DFV Taskforce.

Ms Kelly-Ann Tansley, Integrated Practice Specialist, Domestic Violence Centre Gold Coast

Kelly -Ann Tansley is the Integrated Practice Specialist, at the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc, she has over 9 years’ experience working locally with woman and children who have been impacted by domestic and family violence within the non-profit sector.  In her current role, she has recently completed a project whereby she designed, lead and implemented a database with integrated aligned with and supported by evidence based risk and safety response tools for practice.

Kelly – Ann is an advocate for change within the sector, and using contemporary evidence based practice to assist services in responding to woman and children who are affected by Domestic Violence. The practice development has also seen the design and implementation of an ethical decision-making framework and frameworks of practice centred around trauma informed, strengths and safety based intervention strategies.

Kelly -Ann is often requested and invited to speak publicly at local universities and services in developing training and upskilling professionals in how to deal and respond to domestic and family violence, and through this work is contributing to primary prevention, culture change and awareness.

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