Is it possible to eradicate family violence?

During the three year period between 2011/12 to 2014/5, more than 187,000 people sought help from specialist homelessness services because of domestic and family violence, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

In 2014, Victoria Police responded to 68,000 incidents of family violence which equates to one every 8 minutes. More shockingly, of those 68,000 incidents, there were nearly 44,000 children present.

How do we address family violence? What role do community organisations and statutory bodies play in dealing with family violence? Can we eradicate family violence?

The 2016 Connections UnitingCare Conference: Making Lives Better - Improving Life Outcomes for Vulnerable Children and Families will bring together a panel of experts to discuss family violence and the role their organisation plays in eradicating it. Delegates will be provided with an opportunity to address questions to members on the panel.

The panel includes: 

> Dean McWhirter - Assistant Commissioner Family Violence Command, Victoria Police
> Paul Nixon - Chief Social Worker, Child Youth and Family Services New Zealand
> Leslie Fleming - Magistrate Children's Court Victoria
> Kate Hawkins - Supervising Magistrate Family Violence Court Victoria
> Jim Allen - Program Manager, Family and Community Services, Anglicare Eastern
> Dr Lyndal Bugeja - Project Manager, Coroners Court of Victoria

When: 25 – 26 May 2016.
Where: Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000.
Registration: Save $100 off the standard price with our early bird rate of $595 (early bird offer ends 1 May 2016).