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New ways of working: Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum

Queensland’s policy and practice landscape has changed dramatically in the past two years, as is reflected in the Queensland Women’s Strategy, the Not Now, Not Ever- Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 and the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan.
The Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum is designed for practitioners who are working in the fields of gendered violence, including those who work with victims/ survivors, families, and children affected by domestic, family and sexual violence, and perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence.

Dates:    Wednesday 1st November – Thursday 2nd November

Venue:   Hilton Brisbane

Cost:      

Category Early Bird Registration Standard Registration
Full Registration $650.00 $750.00
Student Registration $500.00 $600.00
Speaker Registration $250.00

Mr Paul Monsour

Secretariat, Services and Practitioners for the Elimination of Abuse Queensland (SPEAQ)

Paul has been secretary of the SPEAQ network (Services and Practitioners for the Elimination of Abuse Qld) for over 9 years, has coordinated the annual SPEAQ Forum since its inception in 2009 and has authored a number of submissions and papers for the network. Paul has worked as a counsellor and facilitator of men’s domestic violence behaviour change programs for over 13 years, and holds a Team Leader role with Anglicare in Brisbane. He was a member of the Domestic and Family Violence Strategy Implementation Advisory Group reporting to the Minister for Communities, which provided advice on the development of the 2012 DFV Act, and was a member of the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Expert Advisory Group in 2011 and 2012.


Ms Linda-Ann Northey

Manager, Working Against Violence Support Service Inc. (WAVSS)

As General Manager of the Working Against Violence Support Service Inc., Linda-Ann currently manages WAVSS Logan and WAVSS Across the Redlands, two of the specialist Regional Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) services in Queensland.

In the past eight years, Linda-Ann has provided a representative voice in the domestic violence sector and women’s sector filling many positions on sector-wide Boards, committees and advisory groups and actively contributing to high-level projects and activities informing the implementation of sector-wide reform.

Linda-Ann has also worked creatively and collaboratively to make a real difference toward stopping the destructive and compounding affects of violence in our communities by: fully explaining the impacts of trauma-based violence in simple, relatable and non-threatening terms, modernising interventions through creative thinking, actions, approaches and campaigns, and providing a range of choices for the community to easily take action and become involved.


Ms Gabrielle Borggaard

CEO, Domestic Violence Action Centre (DVAC)

Gabrielle Borggaard has been the CEO of the Domestic Violence Action Centre across Ipswich and Toowoomba since 2008. She has a passion for co-creating a sustainable, ethical, innovative social services sector with a strong focus on developing useful and viable partnerships with other key stakeholders. Her career spans the human services; from the Domestic and Family Violence Sector, the Child Protection Sector, Family Support and Therapeutic Counselling for individuals, men, women, relationships and families as well as experience in the Disability Sector. During the last 8 years of her work in the Social Services sector, she has specialised in the management of not for profit organisations, programs, teams and organisations with a strong focus on justice and equality for women and elimination of domestic and family violence. Gabrielle has been involved in numerous co-design projects with both government and non-government bodies, has been on a variety of working groups relating specifically to improving services for women, children and young people experiencing or witnessing domestic and family violence as well as consulted on strategic directions for funding streams and national alliances.


Ms Leona Berrie

Manager, WWILD – Sexual Violence Prevention Association

Leona Berrie has been the Manager of WWILD – Sexual Violence Prevention Association since 2012. WWILD is a community based organisation that is focused on the overrepresentation of people with an intellectual disability as victims of violent crime and works towards improved responses to victims and improved justice outcomes.

Leona is a social worker by training and has worked in the disability sector as a support worker and a case manager before commencing at WWILD.

Leona is also the secretariat for the Queensland Sexual Assault Network (QSAN).

Professor Lori Sudderth

Professor of Sociology, Criminal Justice Program

Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, USA.

Lori K. Sudderth does research on policies and practices in response to violence against women in the U.S. and internationally. She is particularly interested in the role of formal and informal communities, and the challenges of providing services and safety to victims of gendered violence in different contexts, such as geographic isolation, migration, and extreme poverty. In 2009, she worked with UNIFEM to develop a list of indicators to evaluate the effectiveness of legislation addressing intimate partner violence in Southeast Europe. She has also studied policy and practices in response to gender-based violence in Central America, the Caribbean, and New Zealand. More recently, she has worked with an NGO in Saint Lucia to sensitize frontline workers about the needs of survivors of gender-based violence.

Ms Jackie Burke

Jackie Burke Psychology and Consulting

Sydney, New South Wales, AUS

Jackie Burke is a registered psychologist with 20 years’ experience in counselling and consultancy services. She has worked in remote Australia, regional and metropolitan NSW, and until recently directed national programs for people affected by sexual, domestic and family violence. She has received awards for her research work and is a sought after speaker and trainer on topics including trauma, vicarious trauma, clinical supervision, and sexual, domestic and family violence.

After holding senior management roles for the past 15 years, Jackie established her own private practice and consultancy business earlier this year. She is a published author with an adjunct position at Western Sydney University.

When not working, Jackie tries to maintain a regular yoga practice and enjoys a good murder mystery.

Mr Alan Jenkins

Director, NADA Consulting

Adelaide, South Australia, AUS

Alan has worked in a range of multi-undisciplinary teams addressing violence and abusive behaviour for more than 30 years. Rather than tire from this work, he has become increasingly intrigued with possibilities for the discovery of ethical, respectful and accountable ways of relating. The valuing of ethics, fairness and the importance of protest against injustice has led him to stray considerably from the path prescribed in his early training as a psychologist, towards a political analysis of abuse.

Alan’s most recent publication is ‘Becoming Ethical: A Parallel Political Journey With Men Who Have Abused,’ published in 2009.

He is currently a director of Nada, an independent service that provides intervention in family abuse, violence and workplace harassment. He manages the Mary St. Program for young people who have engaged in sexually harmful behaviour, along with their caregivers and communities.

Submission Requirements

Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a 20-minute oral presentation, which addresses one or more of the Forum themes. The abstract should be no more than 200 words and outline the aim, content and conclusion of the presentation. An author biography of no more than 200 words is also required at the time of submission.
All proposals will be de-identified and reviewed by the organising group of sector representatives. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse coverage of issues related to the Forum themes. Receipt of authors’ submissions will be acknowledged by email, and authors will be advised by email of the outcome of their abstract submission (accepted, pending or not accepted).

Forum Themes

Abstracts are sought for 20 minute toolkit presentations on the following concepts:
Working with Women
Working with Sexual Violence/Abuse
Working with Children/Families
Working with Fathers
There will be three presentations per concept = total of 60 minutes per session
Presenters stay “on stage” to form a panel to respond to questions = 30 minutes has been allocated for audience engagement in question-and-answer session.

Terms and Conditions

Upon notification of acceptance of abstract, authors will be required to accept their invitation and register their attendance. A discounted registration fee will be offered to presenters. The deadline for confirmation and payment of registration fee is Monday 18th September 2017.
Presenters will have their abstract published in conference material, including but not limited to the conference blog, book of abstracts, email promotion, website and Forum Handbook.
All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.
All submissions must be completed electronically and submitted via email to p.frankham@cqu.edu.au. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact QCDFVR on 07 4940 3340.

Forms (please click on the title to download it)

Information Kit

Criteria Checklist

Abstract Submission Form

Abstracts Open Monday 3rd July 2017
Early Bird Registration Opens Wednesday 9th August 2017
Abstracts Close Monday 14th August 2017
Notification to Authors Monday 28th August 2017
Author Acceptances Monday 4th  – 18th September 2017
Draft program available Friday 8th September 2017
Presenter Registration & Payment Closes Monday 18th September 2017
Early Bird Registration Closes Monday 2nd October 2017
Speaker Presentations Due Wednesday 4th October 2017
Full Registration Closes Wednesday 18th October 2017

The event host appreciates that circumstances can change. At any point up to Wednesday 18th October you are welcome to contact QCDFVR in writing and nominate a substitute delegate at no extra charge. Please note only one Forum sample bag per booking will be issued.
A full refund less a $150 fee will be issued for cancellations received on or before 2nd October 2017

Registration cancellation received between 3rd October and 18th October will receive a 50% refund on the registration fees.

No refunds will be issued after Thursday 19th October 2017.

Registration will include:

Attendance to all Forum Sessions and Keynote Sessions
Forum Handbook
Meals for duration of the Forum including arrival tea/coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Entry to the Twilight Reception on Wednesday evening 1st November, 5-7pm
Professional Development Attendance Certificate (on request)
Please note attendees are responsible for their travel arrangements

Hilton Brisbane

  • 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane Qld 4000
  • P: 07 3234 2000

Hotels close to the Hilton 

  • Royal Albert Hotel
  • Mantra Midtown
  • The Sebel Brisbane
  • Oaks Festival Towers

Abstract Submission