Abstract submission – closed

Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a:

  • 30-minute oral presentation
  • Visual poster presentation
  • Panel presentation
  • 90-minute workshop presentation

All presentations need to address one or more of the Conference topics.

The abstract should be no more than 300 words and outlines the aims, contents and conclusions of the presentation. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the Conference theme. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract.

Important Dates

Abstracts open: March 2018
Abstracts close: Friday 24th August
Notification to authors: Monday 10th September
Author acceptances: Monday 17th September
Draft program available: Monday 24th September
Presentation amendments: Friday 5th October
Presenter registration and payment: Friday 12th October
Full papers for peer review: Friday 19th October
Full paper for non-peer review: Friday 23rd November
Early bird registrations close: Friday 19th October

Conference Topics

Vulnerable Groups

  • CALD and faith communities, LGBTI, Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Elderly, Disability
  • DV interventions and policies in this space
  • Prevention in immigrant and refugee communities
  • Programs, Federal and state approaches

Mitigating domestic and family violence

  • Engaging men and boys with viable solutions.
  • The practice of masculinity
  • School based programs

Technology and safety planning

  • How to engage in safety, risk and planning – when women do not want to leave
  • Federal recommend

Victim Services and Consumers

  • Service system, listening and assisting the victim/s
  • Self care, mental health
  • Therapeutic treatment of victims
  • Women and children (4-12), male children over 12
  • Reproductive violence (health during pregnancy)
  • Research based evidence, victim recovery
  • Carer services to combat violence

Perpetrator intervention outcomes

  • Bystanders, stopping the cycle
  • Working with male perpetrators, evidence-based supports for children in FV
  • Behaviour oriented programs
  • Engaging perpetrators in support programs
  • Prisons
  • Perpetrator accountability
  • Community coercive control
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Narrative therapy

Government and Law and Court Enforcement

  • Intersection of domestic violence and family law courts
  • Police training (comparison over the states)
  • Homicide
  • Court support
  • Federal and state initiatives

Violence and steps toward change

  • Disability and serious injury as a result of Domestic Violence
  • Violence against people with disabilities
  • Gender equality initiatives
  • Insidious nature of covert abuse

Creating a Resilient Workforce

  • First responders – police, ambulance, hospitals
  • Further training available for those working within the sector
  • Risk management and assessment
  • Workplace design, mental health and wellbeing

Note: Presenting authors for oral and poster presentations are required to register for the conference and pay. A discounted registration is offered for all presenters.  Speaker and poster registrations must be paid by Monday 16 October 2017.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be of 30 minutes duration (20 minute presentation and 10 minute discussion). The abstract should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of a poster presentation.

Panel presentations

Panel presentations bring together the views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues. The panel presentation is comprised of two components:

  • Presentations from the members of the panel. Total of 60 minutes.
  • Question and answers between the delegates and panel members. Total of 30 minutes.

One combined submission with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presenters must be submitted by one author on behalf of the group.

Each panel will consist of a chair and at least 3 panellists. The chair is to be the main organiser of the session and main contact for the secretariat. The chair will coordinate the preparation, theme of presentations, be the timekeeper, and animate the Q&A session. Panellists will provide brief presentation on the theme of the panel. Each panellist is expected to provide a different perspective on the topic of discussion.

The chair will be required to submit a title of the panel, names and affiliations of all participants, including the chair, and an abstract overview of 300 words.


Workshops will require an interactive format to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays.

Workshops will be delivered for 90 minutes. The format should focus on offering participants an interactive information session. Presenters will be entirely responsible for the workshop facilitation.

Submissions should include an outline of the workshop objectives:

  • Background
  • Who should attend
  • Structure of workshop
  • Intended outcomes

Poster presentations

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the conference themes. Posters will be displayed in the catering areas and for the duration of the Conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with Conference participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Poster presenters are entitled to the discounted speaker registration.

Book of Proceedings

Accepted oral and panel presenters will have the opportunity to have their full papers published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN under the Peer Reviewed or Non Peer Reviewed section. Please indicate on the submission form if you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration for publication in the Book of Proceedings. Please contact the Conference Secretariat for paper guidelines.

Peer Reviewed Papers

If you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration of publication in the proceedings for which you require peer refereeing, please forward your full paper by Friday 19th October 2018.

Non Peer Reviewed Papers

All presenters have the opportunity to have their full papers published in the Conference book of proceedings with an ISBN. Papers for the non peer reviewed section will be accepted Friday 23rd November 2018.

Terms and Conditions

All presenting authors will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters. The deadline for presenting author registration is Friday 12th October 2018.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in Conference materials, including but not limited to, the Conference Blog, Book of Abstracts, Association Journal and Social Media.

All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract. All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Secretariat for further information.

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