Ms Helen Rimington & Ms Karen Field from Drummond Street Services

November 11, 2016

Ms Helen Rimington, Senior Project Officer, Drummond Street Services.

Ms Karen Field, Chief Executive Officer, Drummond Street Serivces.

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held over 5-7 December at the Mercure Brisbane, QLD. Helen and Karen from Drummond Street Services will join us at the conference to discuss ‘What the Family?! A targeted family violence prevention and early intervention program’.

Ms Helen Rimington
Ms Helen Rimington

Drummond street services along with broader Australian research indicate strongly that during pregnancy and the initial arrival of the baby, issues arise for both women and men that impact on; their couple relationship, their mental health and coping. It is this transition that is an optimal and important early intervention point, as families (including fathers) come into positive and frequent contact with universal services and are open to education, information and support that promotes the well-being of their children.

Drummond street services has for the past five years conducted explorative research into couples transitioning to parenthood. We have explored the issues which contribute to this perinatal period, being the highest risk times for onset of family violence and we have developed a targeted family violence prevention and early intervention program called What the Family?!

Intervening before violence has occurred is important. Our research identified 10 early risk factors during this transition which can flag future family violence, mental health and other problems.  The program includes; Professional training for Maternal Child Health Nurses (and other professionals) in contact with new parents; Ready Steady Family (a 2 hour workshop for new parents), Early Intervention Screening Tool (which asks gentle, non-intrusive questions to enable the identification of early risk, vulnerabilities and potential supportive responses) and What the Family?! App, further developed the Screening Tool into a smart phone/device application, as research has told us that technology shows positive population reach and outcomes, and also that couples at this transitional life stage are high users of Smartphone applications. The app detects ‘at risk’ users and signposts them to comprehensive helpful tips and/or further resources.

Ms Karen Field
Ms Karen Field

The program aims to provide universal reach and encourage positive and early help-seeking behaviours which are so important if we are to respond effectively to early risks including the escalation of family violence risks.

Helen Rimington is a Senior Project worker at drummond street with over 30 years’ experience in developing and delivering evidence based training and interventions. The contexts in which Helen has worked range from community youth work, to corrections work in prisons, to the family violence sector and mental health.

Helen was the Director of En Masse, a Melbourne based workplace training and culture change organisation for 5 years, a senior trainer at beyondblue for 4 years and content writer for Melbourne university (Faculty of Medicine) and the Centre for Adolescent Health. Helen has a Masters in Education and has developed evidence based curricula and rolled out interventions for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. Helen has worked in a range of settings from corporate training settings (e.g. ANZ, Bupa, Guild Group, Beca Engineering, Macquarie Bank) to not for profits (Salvation Army, Brotherhood of St Lawrence, Jesuit Social Services, YMCA) and health settings including the Royal Children’s Hospital, The Centre for Adolescent Health and in the prison system.

Helen’s trademark approach is a unique blend of humorous, interactive elements backed by a strong commitment to evidence-based research, positive psychology and adult learning methodologies.

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





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