Introducing Ms Dianne Simboro, Founder of Family Violence Mindset Solutions.

November 2, 2016

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held over 5-7 December at the Mercure Brisbane, QLD.  Ms Dianne Simboro will present at the conference on ‘Court condoned violence.’

When women go to the Magistrate’s Court to apply for an Intervention Order, it is clear that the issue is family violence and a threat to the safety of the women and their children. The topic in the Magistrate’s Court is family violence.

When the women progress onto the Family Court, even though the reason they are there is because of family violence, the topic is only visitation and family violence is taken off the table.

My colleague, Geraldine Ellawalla who has worked in the family violence sector for more than 22 years, said that she had only witnessed two cases where the father lost his opportunity to visitation with his children and she said those were extreme cases. It seems that the Family Court promotes visitation with the father above and beyond the safety of the children.

What is the long-term effect of “encouraging a healthy relationship with both parents” in cases, where there is a proven history of family violence? I will utilize a cross-section of case studies (women, children and adult women who had lived experience of the visitation process,) to demonstrate the long-term effect of unconditional access of the perpetrator to his children and how that serves to undermine the trust and confidence of the child in the Mother – sometimes the only safe relationship that the child has. By the Courts enforcing visitation in virtually all cases, they potentially become co-perpetrators of the violence.

Dianne has worked in the family violence sector for the past six and half years, after having twenty-seven years of lived experience of family violence. For the past four years she has co-facilitated the multicultural Women’s Support Group for Djerriwarrh Health Services and has utilized her skills in NLP, timeline therapy, deep state repatterning, personality and behavioural profiling to create seven trainings specifically matching needs of the women recovering from the effects of FV.

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference topics include:

  • Working with perpetrators of domestic violence
  • Preventing violence in our communities
  • Fostering children’s safety and wellbeing
  • Working with diverse groups and communities
  • Building strong legal responses
  • Developing a better mental health response
  • Working in and with ATSI communities
  • Creating a resilient workforce

For more information on the 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference and to secure your registration, please visit the conference website.


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