Introducing Keynote Speaker Rebecca Poulson
Rebecca Poulson, Chief Executive Officer of The Poulson Family Foundation will join us as a keynote speaker at the 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference this December and share unique insights from a personal journey through family violence systems. Rebecca talks of the subtle grey areas in family violence that thousands of women and children are falling through resulting in their deaths and the one key area Rebecca believes would save thousands of lives.
On the day of Rebecca Poulson’s 33rd birthday, her father, niece and nephew were murdered. The murderer had been part of her family; her brother-in-law, Neung, the father of the children. Rebecca also survived her own physically abusive relationship when she was just 21 which culminated in an attempt on her life. Rebecca’s journey through homicide; grief, the police investigations, the media interest, the court cases, the moments of great despair – and the healing. It is a story of individual tragedy and a family’s strength, but it is also a story of a community’s attitude to family violence.
As a reluctant warrior for those who cannot speak for themselves, Rebecca talked to the NSW State Premier and politicians, on multiple TV shows and to print journalists in the hope that the mistakes made by the police force, DOCS, the legal system and solicitors will never be made again. Rebecca’s contact with policy makers has been nothing short of history-making, and her story has directly influenced domestic violence laws in the state. Neung left a note for Rebecca’s family; he hoped that he would destroy them. This is the story of how he didn’t.
For more information on the conference and to secure your spot, please visit the conference website.