• Committing to provide $88 million over two years for a new Safe Housing Fund to increase transitional housing options for women and children escaping domestic and family violence, young people exiting out-of-home care, and older women on low incomes who are at risk of homelessness 
  • Legislating for ten days paid domestic and family violence leave in the National Employment Standards 
  • Working to ensure that the social security system supports victims of domestic and family violence 




  • Facilitating the development of innovative initiatives to prevent family violence in Aboriginal communities through the Aboriginal Free from Violence Fund 
  • Working with councils to promote gender equality to stop the scourge of family violence 
  • Supporting creative and innovative family violence prevention activities through the Free from Violence Fund 



  • Self-determination and the Dhelk Dja Agreement 
  • Culturally safe services 
  • Holistic Aboriginal-led prevention initiatives 
  • Aboriginal designed and led employment pathways 




  • Building Aboriginal women’s cultural strength, identity and resilience to violence through Djirra’s innovative early intervention and prevention programs 
  • Centring the voices, needs and experiences of Aboriginal women who have experienced family violence 
  • The leading role of specialist Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations with expertise in family violence 



  •  Strengthening the justice system  
  • Integrating service responses with the provision of more services across Queensland 
  • Changing communities and attitudes  




  •  Innovative approaches to prevention and early intervention of family violence 
  • Building collaborative partnerships to provide women, children and families with evidence-based violence services 
  • Supporting Indigenous women and children and collaborating with local Indigenous services 






    • Legal assistance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples suffering from domestic violence and sexual assault 
    • Increasing legal awareness 
    • Engaging with the community 





    Women’s Legal Service SA: achieving justice for women 
    Celine Graham, Community Worker/Para-Legal Officer, Women’s Legal Service SA 


    • Community and legal education across South Australia  
    • Engaging women outside Adelaide through the Rural Women’s Outreach Program 
    • Assisting indigenous people affected by violence through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Program 




    Panel: How police can lead the way in preventing family violence
    Superintendent Greg Moore, Local Area Commander – Central North Police District, NSW Police Force 
    Detective Superintendent Jason Kennedy, ACT Police, Australian Federal Police 

    • Improving reporting levels of family violence to police services 
    • Building genuine relationships with local communities and indigenous elders  
    • Police role in prevention, early intervention and response 




    •  Recognising emotional, psychological and physical abuse 
    • Seeking help to separate from abusive partners 
    • Living with the impacts of abuse 






    • Engaging Elders in the development of family violence prevention programs 
    • The role of Elders in guiding younger generations 
    • How Elders and Community Justice Groups can help reduce perpetrator recidivism 





    • Workshop Session A: Helping survivors of sexual assault overcome and recover from the trauma 
    • Workshop Session B: Working with Indigenous men in behaviour change programs 
    • Workshop Session C: Enabling survivors of family violence to successfully navigate the legal system 









    • Supporting and enabling men and women to use the platforms of leadership and influence that they have
    • Driving widespread action to accelerate community change to end the abuse of women
    • Working alongside and with other organisations and groups, to demand gender equality and the right of women, everywhere, to live in safety, free from abuse of men in all its forms



    •  Partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to prevent violence against Indigenous women and their children  
    • The Line - prevention behaviour change for young people 
    • Increasing quality reporting of violence against women and their children through the National Media Engagement (NME) Project 


    •  DV-alert Indigenous workshops: Enabling health, allied health and community frontline workers supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to recognise signs of domestic and family violence 
    • Brothers Standing Tall: Providing an interactive space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men to learn and talk about family violence 
    • Providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men a platform to reflect on what they can do to prevent family violence in their community






    • Getting men to take responsibility for their behaviour and ensuring they make long-term positive changes 
    • Key considerations in developing and implementing perpetrator programs for Indigenous men, the role of community input and engagement and addressing wider community needs





    •  Increasing awareness of the social harm of alcohol misuse and co-ocurrence of alcohol and family violence 
    • Supporting initiatives to prevent and reduce the impact of alcohol on indigenous family violence 
    • Strengthening partnerships between Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations and Aboriginal family violence services 




    • Evidence-based approaches to early intervention and responding to child abuse and neglect 
    • Engaging families in service design and delivery 
    • Leveraging community and family resources to care for children 



    • Reducing the number of Aboriginal children entering child protection and out-of-home care
    • Adopting healing-informed interventions to address family violence and intergenerational trauma
    • Rehabilitating Indigenous youth currently in the criminal justice system 



    Healing strategies to help victims overcome the trauma of domestic and family violence 
    Marissa Atkinson, Intensive Case Manager for Women and Children, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service
    Kymbal McGrath, Project Officer, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service 

    • Designing a culturally sensitive and holistic healing approach to family violence in Aboriginal communities 
    • How intergenerational trauma contributes to family violence 
    • Improving the impact of healing projects through a wider community healing strategy  




    • Aligning culturally responsive and participant focused Aboriginal controlled services to assist families in addressing issues such as violence, drugs and mental health 
    • Promoting the best interests of the child through ensuring the involvement of parents in their lives to the maximum extent  
    • Protecting children from physical or psychological harm and from being subjected to abuse, neglect or family violence 


    • Adopting community-based, culturally appropriate solutions to reduce the rate of family violence  
    • Building the knowledge and capacity of community frontline workers 
    • Securing long-term secure funding for family violence services 



    • Ensuring culturally appropriate service and referrals 
    • Focusing on the impact of Sorry business and burden of transgenerational trauma that the Aboriginal community carries 
    • Culturally focused gathering enabling us to yarn with our community 



    Post-Conference Workshop | Thursday 14 March 2019, Melbourne 

    Recognising domestic and family violence, role of healing and achieving positive behaviour change with perpetrators   


    The Golden Eagle Boys 2 Men Program
    Getting the head right, so the body will follow
    Participants in this session will be introduced to the 7 Principles of Murri Lore that make up the Golden Eagle Boys 2 Men Program.

    9:00 am
    Welcome to Country  
    9:10 am
    • To demonstrate how grounding and introducing Aboriginal men to family principles found in Aboriginal Lore can create a starting point and discussion around Domestic and Family Violence.
    • To demonstrate how individuals learn that Domestic Violence and crimes against our families are not cultural.
    Facilitator: Nathaniel Surha, Director, The Golden Eagle Boys 2 Men Program
    10:40 am
    Morning Tea
    • How the GEB2MP provides a place for men to talk about issues that have caused them to stumble in life and provides direction to services that can assist in their journey to bring peace back to their family.
    Many of our men are on the wrong track with regards to looking after themselves, their partners, their children and their extended families. Elders, Mothers and Parents, Aboriginal Leaders, have long said that we need to strengthen and maintain our culture in order to heal.
    Facilitator: Nathaniel Surha, Director, The Golden Eagle Boys 2 Men Program
    12:20 pm 
    Lunch Break
    1:20 pm
    Role of Healing in overcoming Indigenous family violence 
    Facilitators :Marissa Atkinson, Intensive Case Manager for Women and Children, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Centre 
    Kymbal McGrath, Project Officer, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service 
    Suzanne Ward, Integrated Family Services Case Manager, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service 
    • Mainstream Case Management vs Working with Aboriginal Families and how they are different 
    • What is Different? 
    • How is this linked to Healing? 
    • What is Cultural Strengthening and how can it assist with Healing? 
    The goal of this session is for participants to take away at least 2 practical skills to complement what 
    they are already doing working with Aboriginal Men, Women and Children. 
    2:50 pm
    Q&A session with representatives from Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service and The Golden Eagle Boys 2 Men Program
    3:20 pm 
    End of Workshop & Afternoon Break