Emma Gierschick is becoming a recognised specialist for children with a disability facing family violence. She is a White Ribbon Advocate, and a survivor of both severe family violence followed by breast cancer.
Emma has a previous 10 year case management background working with vulnerable children and young people in schools, in out of home care or those who were homeless. She is 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.
Upon escaping her own personal family violence situation 5 years ago, with her daughter who was just 20 months old, she began actively campaigning for greater recognition for children with a disability in all family violence plans and Government reports or inquiries. She has subsequently been published in several key Federal Government reports and has received multiple awards or nominations for her work. Emma was recognised by the Australian Financial Review as being one of the top 100 Women of Influence in 2018.
Emma now presents around Australia at conferences and other events. She is a popular engaging speaker who delivers information in a unique memorable style.
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
Scott Holmes currently works as Manager of Practice Development for Our Watch, the national foundation for the primary prevention of violence against women, where he leads a team developing and implementing strategies to increase quality prevention practice across Australia. Scott has been working in the preventing violence against sector since 2011. He has coordinated prevention programs with faith communities and in workplaces and is an occasional facilitator for the Baby Makes 3 program.
Scott has extensive experience with delivery of prevention training programs, including the VicHealth prevention short course, Baby Makes 3 Facilitator training, and the Change the story Practitioner Training. Scott is also an ordained Anglican minister and is on the Management Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne Preventing Violence Against Women Program, and the Family Violence Working Group of the Anglican Church of Australia. His other area of interest is men and masculinities, particularly encouraging new narratives of gender. He is married with 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.
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.
Karyn Walsh is the CEO of Micah Projects, a not for profit organisation in Brisbane. Micah Projects is committed to social justice through service provision and advocacy to improve the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised people, including women and children experiencing domestic violence and homelessness. Karyn has been a volunteer in a women’s refuge, a Board Member of the Domestic Violence Resource Centre for over 15 years and provided leadership of the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service since its inception in 2012.
Karyn has worked actively in domestic violence prevention with young parents and provided appropriate responses to domestic violence for women and children within homelessness services.
Karyn was a Director of the Léontine Circle (formerly DVRC) and was appointed a member of the Premier’s Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council in 2015. In 2016, Karyn was awarded a Doctor of Social Work and Nursing honoris causa by the University of Queensland in recognition of her work in the not for profit sector for over 39 years. In 2017, Karyn was awarded a Member in the General Division of the Order of
In 1988 Peta established the first co-located sexual assault and domestic violence service in regional Western Australia and over the intervening years have continued to work with trauma-and-recovery.
Starting in front line service delivery Peta transitioned into policy, executive and consulting roles and has been fortunate to work and learn in diverse communities and settings. Healing and social change are the core of Peta’s work and life which is lived in Perth amongst family and trees.