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 


Family violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, predominantly women and their children, is a national crisis. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their organisations hold the solutions to ending the disproportionate rates of family violence. However this requires the support and involvement of a range of stakeholders around the country.  

The 5th annual Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Forum has partnered with Djirra and brings together representatives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations, specialist family violence support and prevention services, community legal services, government, police and not-for-profit organisations.  

During the course of this conference and 1-day workshop, we will explore critical issues in working to end family violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including state and federal government initiatives; how frontline services are engaging in prevention, early intervention and response; learning from the stories and experiences of survivors of family violence; working more effectively with people who use violence towards accountability and behaviour change and the impacts of family violence on children and young people.


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

Senator Jenny McAllister

Parliament Of Australia

Hon Gabrielle Williams MP

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

Victoria Government

Melissa Harrison

Manager Koori Programs and Initiatives

Court Services Victoria

Antoinette Braybrook

Chief Executive Officer


Sue Clifford

Chief Executive Officer

Family Safety Victoria

Jenny Jackson

Executive Director

Eastern Domestic Violence Service

Banok Rind

Deputy Executive Officer

Koorie Youth Council

Janette Phelan

Board Member

Queensland Premier’s Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council

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Endorsing Partner

Charity 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 

Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens 
Room: Fig Room