Partnering with key stakeholders for a holistic strategy to overcome indigenous family violence

Empower Indigenous communities to overcome family violence



Conference | 12th - 13th March View Full Program
Post-Conference Workshop |  14th March View Full Program 


Indigenous Family Violence is a national issue that requires the involvement of many stakeholders across the country to overcome.  

The 5th annual Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Forum has partnered with Djirra and brings together representatives from government, police, legal services, not-for-profit, community organisation, and family violence support services. They all have a vital role to play in tackling indigenous family violence. 

During the course of this 2-day conference and 1-day workshop, we will explore critical issues in the indigenous family violence space, including state and federal government initiatives; how frontline services are engaging in prevention, early intervention and response; building better relationships between police and local communities; hearing directly from survivors of family violence; working more effectively with perpetrators to achieve positive behaviour change and empowering indigenous communities to prevent child abuse and neglect. 

Having previously been held in Cairns, Brisbane and Darwin, Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence comes to Melbourne in 2019. We remain committed to delivering relevant, practical and effective solutions that are borne directly out of experience from the coal-face. Working with our Advisory Board of Elders and experts, we have striven to ensure that the agenda addresses the concerns of those closely involved in the indigenous family violence space.


Meet Our Advisory Broad

To ensure that the conference program reflects the issues that are of greatest importance in overcoming indigenous family violence, our Advisory Board of Indigenous experts have helped us to develop the agenda:

Uncle Peter Shine

Director of Aboriginal Health, North Sydney Local Health District
Senior Constable Debra Blackwell
Community Engagement Police Officer, Northern Territory Police
Thomas Harrison
Indigenous Family Violence Regional Coordinator (Eastern Metro), Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria
Professor Simon Forrest Elder in Residence 

Curtin University

Featured Speakers

Hon Linda Burney MP

Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence, Member for Barton

Parliament of Australia

Hon Gabrielle Williams MP

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Minister for Women, Minister for Youth

Victoria Government

Sue Clifford

Chief Executive Officer

Family Safety Victoria

Patty Kinnersly

Chief Executive Officer

Our Watch

Deb Tsorbaris

Chief Executive Officer

Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Jack Bulman

Chief Executive Officer

Mibbinbah Spirit Healing

Jenny Jackson

Executive Director

Eastern Domestic Violence Service

Banok Rind

Deputy Executive Officer

Koorie Youth Council

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Endorsing Partner

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Why Attend?  


  • Discover what a Labor Government will do to overcome family violence with the Hon Linda Burney MP, Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence
  • Hear from Family Safety Victoria and find out how they’re delivering family violence reform in Australia’s second-largest state.


  • Discover how Eastern Domestic Violence Service is supporting Indigenous women and children and collaborating with local Indigenous services. 
  • Find out how the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service and Women’s Legal Service SA are helping indigenous women get legal representation. 
  • Learn how the NSW, NT and SA Police Forces are building genuine relationships with local Aboriginal communities. 
  • Find out more engaging with our Indigenous Elders in the development of family violence prevention programs. 
  • Gain insight into strategies to work more effectively with Indigenous men with Mibbinbah Spirit Healing and Apunipima Cape York Health Council
  • Identify solutions to barriers facing frontline services tackling indigenous family violence
  • Discover strategies to break the cycle of intergenerational violence with our indigenous youth panel
  • Develop strategies to prevent alcohol-fuelled violence with the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education
  • Work with Julie Shelley, 2018 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year, as she identifies drivers of sexual violence and strategies to help victims overcome their trauma.  


Who Should Attend? 

Those responsible for designing and delivering family violence policies, programmes and services from: 

  • State and Federal Government 
  • Local Councils  
  • Not-for-Profits 
  • Family Violence Support Centres 
  • Family Violence Shelters 
  • Community Organisations and Foundations 
  • Police and ambulance services



Team Discounts




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Conference Venue

Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens 
13 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Room: Grape Room

Ph: (+61) 3/92059999 
Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens is offering attendees 10% off the best available rate on accommodation. Please book directly with the hotel by calling Reservations on +61 3 9205 9999 or email and providing the booking code 377497 / Aventedge

Workshop Venue 

This regional training workshop, held in Geelong.
The workshop commences with an hour bus trip to Geelong.