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


Conference | 5 March View Full Program
Post-Conference Workshop | 6 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 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 Board 

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 Patrick Dodson

Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Senator for Western Australia

Senate of Australia

Josephine Htwe

Social Worker – AASW, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

WA Country Mental Health Service

Sharon Kenney

Executive Officer

Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Community Centre

Colin Pettit

Commissioner for Children and Young People

Commissioner for Young People Western Australia

Damian Green

Chief Executive Officer

Stopping Family Violence

Leanne Barron

Chief Executive Officer


Robyn Fitall

Chief Executive Officer

Koolkuna – Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services Network

Devon Cuimara

Chief Executive Officer

Aboriginal Males Healing Centre

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Endorsing Partner

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Why Attend?

  • Hear from Senator Patrick Dodson, Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, outline the Labor Party’s plan for overcoming indigenous family violence.

  • Hear how the Commissioner for Children and Young People is advocating for the welfare of Indigenous children and youth.

  • Find out how Djinda is helping Aboriginal and Torres Islander women experiencing family violence to navigate the legal system.

  • Learn how Zonta House is assisting Indigenous women with crisis accommodation.

  • Understand how to build your organisation’s support network with Alice Springs Women’s Shelter

  • Discover how the Aboriginal Males Healing Centre is helping Aboriginal men reduce their use of violence.

  • Identify strategies to build better relationships between police and local communities with the Northern Territory Police.

  • Find out more about engaging Elders in the development of family violence prevention programs.

  • Identify healing strategies for survivors of family violence with Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation.

  • Build the capacity of your organisation’s frontline workers to tackle indigenous family violence with our frontline services panel.

  • Learn to respond more effectively to child abuse and neglect with leading Indigenous human rights lawyer Dr Hannah McGlade from Curtin University.

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 


Pan Pacific Perth
207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth

Ph: (08) 9224 7777

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