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Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum

The Forum celebrates the work done by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in preventing and responding to family violence. It is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers to come together and learn from, share with and inspire each other.

The event highlights strategies and programs that could be used effectively by others and there will be discussions that relate to working with men, women and children who are either victims, or perpetrators, of domestic and family violence.

Dates:    Wednesday 10th to Thursday 11th May 2017

Venue:   Pullman Reef Hotel Cairns, Queensland


Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Delegates: $450pp

Non Indigenous Delegate: $500pp

Download the flyer here!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact QCDFVR on 4940 3320

Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian IWC Chaplain,
Board Director and Advisory Council Committee Member

Mrs Yavu-Kama-Harathunian was elected to the Board in 2008. She has assisted in the development of programmes and services and their implementation.  She was involved, alongside her husband,  in the development of the two historical documents that articulated the aspirations of the Aboriginal and Islander people in the Bundaberg region; ‘First Steps- A Blueprint for the Future-2005 -2025 and Second Steps- A Blueprint for the Future- Strategic Planning for 2005 -2025’.  Her key expertise lies in policy development; strategic planning; process education; in-house training; capacity building education; Aboriginal Spirituality and Law; Cultural studies; Healing Circle Work and Counselling; Mental Health; Research; Cultural governance training; Transformational Management Training; Train-the-Trainer;  and staff development.  Cheri is a sought after conference speaker who has a gift to inspire, and empower an audience in a very unique way. She is committed to the aspiration of Sovereignty for Australia’s First Nations Peoples. She is an Elder amongst the Terabalang Bunda and Gooreng Gooreng Peoples and a Senior Elder of her Kabi Kabi  clan/family group.    She was appointed the IWC’s first Chaplain-In-The-Marketplace in October 2012.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Indigenous and Community Health; Masters Criminal Justice; Cert IV Small Business Enterprise and is a Licenced Minister of Religion. She sits as Director on Lonweigh Aboriginal Corporation; Bunya Mountains Elders Council; Director Indigenous Business Institute.  She has been awarded the International Professional of the Year 2013 by World Wide Who’s Who.

Gayle Munn & Richard McCarthy
Founders, Lateral Peace Project

Gayle is a Gunggari woman from South West Queensland. Richard has Kamilaroi and Kooma heritage.

Collectively have several decades of experience gained from their community involvement and working within their communities in a variety of roles that include Social Justice Group Members Murri Court Sitting Members, Advisory Committe Member Lifeline

Advisory Committee, Men’s Women’s and Child and Youth Healing Camp Co-ordinators and Facilitators, Cultural Heritate Co-ordinator, Cultural Educators, Health Education and Training and Youth Mentoring.

They have worked in a variety of sectors including the Commission for Children, Young People and Child Guardian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Education and Training, Remote Communities, Department of Corrective Services (working within the prison system with Aboriginal inmates both male and female), Vocational Education (alternate school programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island kids at risk), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services.

They hold qualifications in and are experienced in Counselling, Mental Health, Mental Health First Aid, Training and Assessment, Circle Work, Life Coaching, Emotional Intelligence Coaching, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapy and Reiki.

Professional Development Training Includes: Peace Ambassadorship, Mindfulness and the Hakomi Method in Counselling, Mindfulness and Emotional Healing, Circle of Security Parenting, Jack Canfield – Breakthrough to Success and Breakthrough to Success Advanced Training, Marumali, Reiki, Trauma.

They are two of four founding Members of the Lateral Peace Project.

Key Achievements include: Presentation on Healing from Lateral Violence at the Seventh Gathering of Healing Our Spirits Worldwide.

Presentations (PDF) available for delegates, presenters and friends of QCDFVR

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Keynote Speaker

The State of the state

Presentations from the field

Pullman Reef Hotel 

35 – 41 Wharf Street


P: 07 4030 8798

Please contact the hotel direct to book accommodation (Quote #0502QLD for a discounted rate)

Registration includes:

Meet & Greet Function (Tuesday evening)

Morning Tea


Afternoon Tea

Forum Dinner (Wednesday Evening)

Early Bird Registration will receive a Forum T-Shirt (Book and Pay by Monday 10th April)

  • abc-joseph-oui-copyJoseph Oui Social & Emotional Wellbeing Counsellor Male, Apunipima Cape York Health Council
  • majlisMaj-Lis Dalton Senior Police Liaison Officer, Queensland Police
  • cfWynetta Dewis General Manager, Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service
  • gCarle Williams Mens and Male Youth Facilitator, Wuchopperen Health Services Limited
  • abc-charles-passi-copyCharles Passi QCDFVR Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group
  • fShirley Slann QCDFVR Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group




Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium

Queensland’s policy and practice landscape is changing rapidly, 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 Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, CQUniversity has partnered with researchers from other Queensland universities to convene a Research Symposium featuring keynote speakers, including representatives from the US Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, group discussions/ presentations and time for networking.

The Symposium is designed for researchers at all levels who are working in the field of gendered violence. Practitioners and policy makers from the range of sectors associated with gendered violence are invited to share in this experience.

Dates:   Thursday 23rd February to Friday 24th February
Venue:  Ocean International Hotel, 1 Bridge Road, Mackay Qld 4740
Cost:      Student – $350pp // Full Delegate – $500pp

View the handbook here

View the Symposium Program

Hard copies will be available to delegates at time of registration.

Professor Hillary Haldane

Fulbright Scholar Professor Hillary Haldane has conducted research on the relationship between Indigenous rights and violence against women since 1997, and has taught at Quinnipiac University since 2007, where she directs the anthropology program. Hillary has published two books and numerous articles and book chapters on the problem of gender-based violence, as well as published policy papers for addressing violence at the international and national levels.

Professor Gael Strack, Esq.

Professor Gael Strack, Esq., is the CEO of Alliance for HOPE International and oversees the Alliance’s Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. She is a former prosecutor and the founding Director of the San Diego Family Justice Center. She spearheaded much of the initial work and research on strangulation crimes from a prosecutor’s perspective.

Dr William Smock, MD

Dr William Smock, MD, is a member of the National Strangulation Training Institute Advisory Team. He is a Police Surgeon, Louisville Metro Police Department, Louisville, Kentucky.

The conference will be held at the Ocean International Hotel, 1 Bridge Road, Illawong Beach, Mackay Qld 4740

The closest airport to the venue is Mackay Airport. Mackay is only 1.5 hours’ drive from Airlie Beach delegates may want to consider flying into Mackay and out of either Proserpine or Hamilton Island. QCDFVR will be providing a complimentary bus transfer to Airlie Beach on Friday afternoon, seats are limited.

We recommend delegates stay at the symposium venue. Bookings can be made direct with the venue, please quote “Research Symposium” or through your preferred travel agent.

Ocean International

1 Bridge Road

Illawong Beach

Mackay Qld 4740

Toll Free: 1800 635 104

P: 07 4957 2044

F: 07 4957 2636


Room Type Room Rate/night
Queen room $129.00
Twin share room $139.00
Family room (triple share) $145.00

Check in: from 2pm – Check out: by 10am

Organising Committee

Associate Professor Annabel Taylor
QCDFVR | CQUniversity
Associate Professor Annabel Taylor is the director of Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR). Previously she was the Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre, Annabel was a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Human Services; School of Language, Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Dr Taylor’s main research interests are Criminal justice social work: women and domestic violence.

Professor Heather Douglas
Law School | University of Queensland
Professor Heather Douglas researches in the areas of criminal justice and domestic violence. Heather has published widely on criminal justice issues and around legal responses to domestic violence and child protection. In 2014 she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to research the way in which women who have experienced domestic violence use the legal system to help them leave violence.

Dr Kathleen Baird
Griffith University
Dr Kathleen Baird is a Senior Midwifery Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University and Director of Midwifery and Nursing Education, Women’s and Newborn Service, Gold Coast Hospital. For the last fifteen years Kathleen’s main research interests have centred around intimate partner violence, with a focus on violence during pregnancy. Kathleen’s PhD explored women’s experiences of partner violence during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz
Queensland University of Technology
Molly Dragiewicz is Associate Professor in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She is author of Equality with a vengeance: Men’s rights groups, battered women, and antifeminist backlash (2011), editor of Global Human Trafficking: Critical Issues and Contexts (2015), and co-editor of The Routledge handbook of critical criminology (2012) and The Routledge Major Works Collection: Critical Criminology (2014) with Walter DeKeseredy. Dragiewicz received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the American Society of Criminology Division on Critical Criminology in 2012 and the New Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime in 2009.

Dr Deborah Walsh
Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work | The University of Queensland
Dr Deborah Walsh is a domestic and family violence specialist practitioner and researcher who is currently lecturing at the University of Queensland in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. She developed one of Australia’s first risk assessment frameworks for use in family violence work and continues to provide training and consultancy to the health and welfare sector in Australia. Deborah conducted a landmark Australian study on the level, extent and nature of violence against women during pregnancy.

Institutional sponsors

View Abstracts Here

Hard copies will be available to delegates at time of registration.

Presentations (PDF) available for delegates, presenters and friends of QCDFVR

Keynote Presentations

  1. Queensland in the National Research Agenda – Jacki Burke, ANROWS
  2. Contemporary challenges in gendered violence service delivery: an applied research perspective – Associate Professor Hillary Haldane, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, Quinnipiac University
  3. Current and future policy directions: implications for research – Ms Barbara Shaw, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
  4. Strangulation: The Last Warning Shot – Professor Gael Strack, Esq. & Dr William Smock – Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

Health Matters

  1. Queensland Emergency Departments’ data: what they may tell us about domestic and family violence – Dr Ruth Barker
  2. Screening to Safety – Ms Liz Price
  3. Conspicuous by their absence: paramedics and children exposed to domestic violence – Mr Stephen Bartlett

Engaging Research

  1. ‘Tween’ perspectives on gender, sexualities and respectful relationships – Ms Bonney Corbin
  2. Sex and relationships education as violence prevention? Young Women’s experiences and perspectives – Ms Romy Listo
  3. Engaged research in action: A case study from regional Queensland – Dr Cathy O’Mullan

Practice Matters

  1. When ‘choice’ driven by domestic violence is deemed to be ‘impaired capacity’: The interweaving of domestic and family violence in the life of guardianship clients and what you can do – Ms Natalie Siegel-Brown (Please note this session did not have a power point presentation)
  2. Action research as a professional development tool in domestic violence refuges – Ms Theresa Kellett & Ms Cindy Dawson
  3. Domestic and family violence in Queensland – empowering survivors and growing stronger communities – Ms Thelma Schwartz

Integrated Responses

  1. Integrated responses: What works? – Dr Anne Butcher
  2. Influence of discourse and construction of domestic violence in collaborative community  responses – Dr Ann Carrington & Ms Sally Watson
  3. The Southport Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Court Trial: What has it achieved in its first 12 months? – Dr Christine Bond

Legal Matters

  1. Breaches of domestic violence orders: The Queensland context – Professor Heather Douglas
  2. Perpetrator (non)-compliance with domestic violence orders: situational circumstances, risk factors and rationalisations – Dr Silke Meyer
  3. Victims’ perspectives: Enforcement of protection orders across borders – Dr Heather Lovatt

Understudied/ Emerging Areas

  1. Migration and domestic violence: Women’s experiences under partner visas in Australia – Ms Ana Borges Jelinic
  2. Police training in domestic and family violence: trends, gaps and best practice – Dr Liane McDermott & Dr Nicola Cheyne
  3. Print-media discourses surrounding domestic violence in Queensland – Ms Anne Smith

Facilitated Discussion

  1. RISK: Family Violence and Seeking Security – Professor Jude McCulloch, Associate Professor Jane Maree Maher, Dr Marie Segrave and Dr James Roffee, Monash University


  1. Indigeneity, violence, and the work of the frontline – Associate Professor Hillary Haldane
  2. Print-media discourses surrounding domestic violence in Queensland – Ms Annie Smith
  3. ‘Hysterical’ Women: A  narrative analysis of gender and mental illness in Domestic Violence Order applications lodged against Queensland women – Ms Grace Norrie

Colleen Gunning
Phone: 07 4940 3348


Petrina Frankham
Phone: 07 4940 3340