Including victims’ voices in response to sexual and physical abuse… the problem and the direction.
Professor Mary Koss, University of Arizona
This presentation by Professor Mary Koss explores the call to re-include direct victim voices from the unserved to reprioritising our services in the coordinated network of sexual and physical violence response. This is my social justice crusade. We in the US are very proud of ourselves for our sophisticated response system, yet our statistics clearly show that we are not serving the neediest and we are not sufficiently focused on survival needs. This is really two pieces: the problem and some new directions down by which we could be guided by listening to victim voices, especially the unserved or underserved.
Violence Against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: a new national resource to support primary prevention.
Karla McGrady, Our Watch
This presentation was delivered by Karla McGrady (Senior Policy Advisor, Our Watch) at the recent ‘Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum – Language of Change, in Townsville. This forum was proudly hosted by QCDFVR and sponsored by Queensland Government.
Karla McGrady is Senior Policy Advisor at Our Watch, an independent, national organisation working to prevent violence against women. Karla’s role focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and young people, recently completing research and consultation on a project developing a resource on preventing violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. This project is designed to contribute to the development of culturally safe and appropriate solutions to the prevention of violence against women. Before joining Our Watch she worked in Brisbane, Qld in Indigenous Health on projects that focused on empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and young women to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing, including through discussions about respectful relationships.
This presentation was delivered by Charlie King (No More Campaign Activist) at the recent ‘Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum – Language of Change, in Townsville. This forum was proudly hosted by QCDFVR and sponsored by Queensland Government.
Charlie King is an Indigenous Australian sport broadcaster and anti-family violence campaigner. He is a Gurindji Australian, descendant of his mother, Ningardi, a Gurindji woman of central/western Northern Territory. Mr King has worked most of his life seeking to improve the lives of Indigenous people. He has held many positions in Human Services from 1979 to present. Amongst other positions, he has been a Youth Worker, a Juvenile Justice Worker, a Child Protection Officer in a Youth Service and a Juvenile Justice Manager. In 2006, Mr King consulted with over 30 Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory about the role of men in reducing the high levels of Child Protection and Family Violence. This consultation led to the founding of the NO MORE campaign – a campaign that called for “No More” by Indigenous male elders. The campaign called for all Australians to link up and say No More. This work and the campaign still consumes him even though he has been a radio broadcaster since 1994. Mr King was awarded an OAM in 2015 for Services to the Indigenous Community and to the Media.
Hon. Shaun Floerke, District Court Judge, Duluth, Minnesota
This presentation was delivered by Hon. Shaun R Floerke (District Court Judge, Duluth, Minnesota) at the recent ‘Developing Integrated Responses to Domestic and Family Violence in Australia: The Next Step’ Forum, in Brisbane. This forum was proudly hosted by Queensland Domestic Violence Services Network (QDVSN) and sponsored by QDVSN and QCDFVR and supported by Queensland Government.
Judge Floerke is a district court judge of the 6th Judicial District of Minnesota, chambered in Duluth. He was appointed to the bench July 2004. Before taking the bench he served as a lead prosecutor, litigation attorney in a private law firm, and as a senior attorney in government civil litigation.
Judge Floerke founded and presides over the South St. Louis County DWI Court, one of four National Center for DWI Courts Academy Courts in the nation. He is the founding and presiding judge of the Duluth Domestic Violence Restorative Circles Intervention. He serves as Co-Chair of the Minnesota Treatment Court Initiative and is a past member of the Minnesota Judicial Council, the governing body for the judiciary in Minnesota. He trains judges and other professionals on domestic violence issues nationally with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and also with the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP).
Mapping the System through the eyes of the victim/survivor
Graham Barnes, Battered Women’s Justice Project, Minneapolis, Minnesota
This presentation was delivered by Graham Barnes (a resource specialist with the Battered Women’s Justice Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota) at the recent ‘Developing Integrated Responses to Domestic and Family Violence in Australia: The Next Step’ Forum, in Brisbane. This forum was proudly hosted by Queensland Domestic Violence Services Network (QDVSN) and sponsored by QDVSN and QCDFVR and supported by Queensland Government.
Graham Barnes has been a resource specialist with the Battered Women’s Justice Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 2005. He consults with federal grantees nationally on developing their coordinated community response to domestic violence, trains for professional institutes such as the Office on Violence Against Women, presents internationally through The Advocates for Human Rights and other agencies, and teaches Duluth’s Creating a Process of Change For Men Who Batter Curriculum. Graham has co-authored a number of written resources for practitioners, including the 2011 version of the men’s curriculum.
Jackie Burke, Jackie Burke Psychology & Consulting presents ‘Working with People who have experienced Sexual Violence’ at the ‘New ways of working: Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum’ hosted by QCDFVR in Brisbane.
Jackie 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.