Victims of Crime Commissioner for the ACT to present Keynote

July 23, 2015

2015 Australian STOP Domestic Violence Conference is pleased to announce the Victims of Crime Commissioner for the ACT, John Hinchey will present a Keynote for the event being held at the Rex Hotel in Canberra 7 – 9 December.

John Hinchey
John Hinchey

Keynote Bio: John Hinchey was appointed as the first Victims of Crime Commissioner for the ACT in 2011.  In this role he oversees the ACT’s one stop shop for victims of crime – Victim Support ACT.  The Commissioner’s role provides a relative degree of independence from Government.

John is also appointed as the ACT Domestic Violence Project Coordinator.  The functions for this role are broad and include implementing projects and programs on behalf of the ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council.  The Domestic Violence Project Coordinator and the Domestic Violence Prevention Council operate under the ACT’s Domestic Violence Agencies Act 1986.

John also chairs the ACT Family Violence Intervention Program Coordinating Committee and is a Board member of the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and the ACT Victims Advisory Board.

John’s career has been varied; he worked as a welfare officer with homeless people in Sydney before managing a community based welfare service in Canberra.  He worked in corrective services in a range of roles for over a decade.  In 2004 John oversaw the establishment of the ACT restorative justice unit.

Presentation Title: Human rights, victim rights and information sharing for collaborative responses

Presentation Abstract: Collaborative interagency responses to domestic and family violence are frequently (and rightly) lauded as best practice.  Collaborative models seek to ensure the safety of a victim from future violence and to provide for a range of holistic needs.  Increasingly, it is recognised that these programs are better utilised where risk to the safety of the victim is assessed, resulting in a focus on greater collaboration where higher levels of risk are identified.

Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, has reminded us that recognising risk and sharing information, are essential to the success of collaborative interventions.  Domestic violence is increasingly being described as a human rights issue – it violates a range of fundamental human rights, most notably the right to life, liberty and security of person.  All too often, however, perceptions about privacy rights and laws prevent the sharing of information relating to risk, at times with deadly consequences.

Problems can arise especially where the setting is focussed on client issues that are not defined around domestic violence, for example child protection and mental health sectors.  This presentation will address the issue of human and victim rights in relation to information sharing, seeking to clarify how human rights can be effectively balanced to support effective collaborative responses to domestic and family violence.

For more information on the 2015 Australian STOP Domestic Violence Conference and/or to register to attend, please click here.