Participants in Domestic Violence: applying research to policy, prevention and practice.
Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough
Anne is a leader in family violence and family law, a member of the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s Advisory Committee Review of Family Violence Laws (2006), and an innovator in developing specialist family violence initiatives including the Family Violence Court Division of the Magistrates’ Court project in Heidelberg and Ballarat.
Antoinette is the Chief Executive Officer of The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria, an Aboriginal community controlled organisation established in 2002 to provide assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities affected by family violence and sexual assault.
Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter
Dean is the head of the Family Violence Command of Victoria Police, the first of its kind in any policing jurisdiction in Australia. Dean brings the experience of a diverse policing career spanning 35 years, which includes previous roles in the Victoria Police Ethical Standards Department and as the Superintendent, People Development Command.
Dr Emma Partridge
Emma is the Manager of Policy at Our Watch, an independent, national organisation working to prevent violence against women. Emma recently led the development of Change the story: a shared world first national framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia. Emma is now working on a handbook for prevention practitioners, and a resource for the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Emily is Chief Executive Officer of Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, a statewide service providing training, publications, research and other resources to those experiencing (or who have experienced) family violence, as well as practitioners and service organisations who work with family violence survivors.
Dr Anastasia Powell (Panel chair)
Anastasia is a Senior Research Fellow in Justice and Legal Studies at RMIT University, who specialises in policy responses, legal reform and primary prevention of sexual and family violence against women. Her applied research has focused on socio-cultural change to prevent gender-based violence including Australia’s National Community Attitudes Survey on Violence Against Women.
Christine is a Lecturer in Social Work, RMIT University and National Vice President of the Australian Association of Social Workers. Christine has worked for over 20 years as a Social Worker in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, trauma and crisis work. Her research focuses on women, children and domestic violence and includes a project exploring routine domestic violence screening for women in emergency departments of Australian public hospitals.
Dr Georgina Heydon
Georgina is the Acting Director, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University, where she is engaged in collaborative projects concerning gender in relation to issues of conflict, development and governance. Georgina’s recent research focuses on police interviewing in family violence investigations, as well as broader responses, in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Dr Lisa Harris
Lisa is a Lecturer in Policy, Practice and Social Innovation, RMIT University. Lisa has an applied background as a human service practitioner in both generalist crisis work and specifically in response to domestic violence. Lisa’s current research includes an evaluation of an integrated police and social worker family violence specialist response.