Aboriginal men and family violence conference

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The  Aboriginal men and family violence conference is a collaboration between No To Violence and KWY. Both organisations are experts in their field.  The conference is practitioner focused and seeks to advance the conversation on, and support and promote good initiatives to, working with Aboriginal men, their families and communities to address family violence.

No To Violence incorporating the Men’s Referral Service is the peak body for organisations and individuals working with men to end family violence. As the peak body NTV advocates on behalf of their members to raise awareness of men’s behaviour change work. It provides resources, including training for service providers to enhance their capacity to successfully engage with men who use violence and then to work with men to prevent further violence. NTV also deliver the Men’s Referral Service which is a men’s family violence telephone counselling, information and referral service and is the central point of contact for men taking responsibility for their violent behaviour.

KWY is a not-for-profit Aboriginal organisation delivering a range of specialist services across South Australia. Now in their fifth year of operation, KWY’s aim is to improve the levels of engagement and positive outcomes for men, Aboriginal people and community to improve the safety of women and children. KWY also provide specialist training in South Australia for the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) sector some 97 services statewide . KWY provide a behaviour change program to men that wish to address their choice to use violence. In the past 5 years KWY has worked with over 600 men to help support change.

KWY contact: 03 8377 782 ; admin@kwy.org.au  |   No To Violence contact - 03 9487 4500 ; info@ntv.org.au

Who should go

Anyone who works with family violence victims who are in the system

  • Domestic violence workers
  • Community groups
  • Family relationship workers
  • Community leaders
  • Community members
  • Indigenous women and men's groups
  • Psychologists
  • Men's behaviour change facilitators
  • Government employees that work within this sector
  • Nurses

Anyone that has an interest in supporting the safety of the family and individuals that may be experiencing family violence.


This conference will bring together other experts from around Australia. It aims to support all participants to get a better understanding of the best way to work in this sector. All speakers will ensure that their presentations will be based on a holistic trauma informed practices and will be providing opportunity for participants to engage and question.

Antoinette Braybrook, Aboriginal and Family Violence Prevention Legal Services

For almost 15 years Antoinette Braybrook has held the position as head of Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Services in Victoria (FVPLS), and is also national convenor of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (NFVPLS). Antoinette is an Aboriginal woman who was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country. Antoinette's grandfather and mother’s line is through the Kuku Yalanji, North Queensland.

Craig Rigney, KWY

Craig is the CEO of Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY) and has been in this role for the past 6 years. KWY is an Aboriginal (White Ribbon workplace accredited) not for profit organisation based in Adelaide. KWY has a diverse scope for business engagement including offering specialist training and consultancy to government and non-government organisations in a range of areas.Craig is a proud Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri man and White Ribbon Ambassador who is dedicated to eliminating all forms of violence against women and children.

Jacqui Watt, No To Violence

Currently Jacqui is the CEO of No To Violence the peek body for organisations and individuals working with men to end their violence and abuse towards family members in Victoria and New South Wales. She has worked in the fields of alcohol and drugs, mental health, disability, social housing and social enterprise. Jacqui is a GAICD (Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors) and the Chair of ACSO’s Housing with Conviction Board.

Patrick Dodson, Labor Party

Currently Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Patrick has extensive experience in Aboriginal Affairs, previously as Director of the Central and Kimberley Land Councils and as a Commissioner in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He also served as inaugural Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.Patrick Dodson is a Yawuru man from Broome in Western Australia.

Dr Yvonne Clark, University of Adelaide

Yvonne is passionate about working on topics related to Indigenous people and culture. She is of Kokatha/Wirangu descent from the West Coast of SA and has  lived in Adelaide on Kaurna country for many years. Dr Clark is a Clinical Psychologist who has had extensive experience working with local Aboriginal people in various settings. As an academic her main research interests include racism, lateral violence, children and adolescents. currently she sits on the the Psychology Board of Australia.

Alan Thorpe, Dardi Munwurra

The Dardi Munwurro Strong Spirit is a not for profit organisation established in 2000 to provide leadership training programs and personalised coaching specifically for Indigenous men and youth around Australia. It aims to support men in identifying their emotions and personal strengths to equip them to become leaders, role models and mentors within their communities.

Colleen Lovegrove, KWY

Colleen is a Ngarrindjeri woman and a survivor of homelessness and Domestic violence Currently she works at KWY as a women’s Domestic violence worker Previous to this she has worked for Central Domestic Violence Service for four years now known as Women’s Safety Services on their Eastern site prior to that she worked with Southern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service on their Aboriginal site Ninko at Edwardstown for four years.

Shane Phillips, The Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation

Shane Phillips is an outstanding community leader and respected spokesperson for Aboriginal Australians. The Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation was established by concerned Aboriginal people with a view to spread and vitalise Aboriginal culture, and to provide economic and social stability.He has cultural connections to the Bunjalung, Wonnarua, and Eora peoples.

Aunty Daphne Yarram, Yoowinna Wurnalung Healing Service

Aunty Daphne has championed the cause of the Victorian Indigenous community in voluntary, government and private sector roles. She was the Chairperson for the ATSIC Binjirru Regional Council, helped establish and worked with Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation, the Indigenous Leadership Network Victoria, Sale Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, Gippsland Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee, Premiers Aboriginal Advisory Council, East Gippsland Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group and the Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum.

Graeme Pearce, Cross Borders Program

Graeme has worked tirelessly for the past 10 yrs promoting supporting Indigenous communities in WA SA and the NT central Australia, the importance of respectful relationships and to bring awareness that domestic violence is a curse with in communities. In the past 10 yrs approx. 660 men have been seen by Cross borders programs, average of 66 men per year. Cross Borders  is vital to the APY lands for the safety of the woman and children.

Crown Plaza Hotel, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide SA
Start Date: 
Thursday, 7th December 2017
End Date: 
Friday, 8th December 2017