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Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) Conference
Achieving Justice and Positive Change
2 August 2018, 8.30am-4.30pm
NSW Teachers Federation, 23-33 Mary St, Surry Hills

The 2018 WDVCAS NSW conference will feature a large range of local speakers as well as internationally renowned, Dr Allan Wade (Canada).

The conference explores positive examples of change and support and update participants on recent changes in the NSW justice space. Participants will be introduced to new methods of working with women who have experienced domestic and family violence which centre their experience, resilience and more effectively supports their access to safety and justice. The work of WDVCAS Aboriginal specialist workers and Multicultural specialist workers will be showcased and insight given to the workings of Safety Action Meetings.

Keynote speaker: Dr Allan Wade, University of Seattle (Canada). With colleagues Linda Coates and Nick Todd, Allan developed “Response-based Practice”, which is both a method of working with victims and perpetrators of violence and their families, and a framework to guide professional interventions, research on social responses to interpersonal violence, and research on the connection between violence and language.

Other speakers include:

  • Hon. Minister Mark Speakman, NSW Attorney General
  • Hon. Minister Pru Goward, Minister for Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Anna Butler, NSW Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Team
  • Christine Bond, Griffith University
  • Meredith Lea, People with a Disability Australia 
  • Sean McDermott, NSW Police
  • Michelle Jones, Legal Aid
  • Kathy Powell, NSW Department of Justice

The conference will be a public opportunity to discuss and advocate for women and children's access to justice who have experienced domestic and/or family violence. Advocates, DFV workers, experts, people with lived experience, students and members of the general public will come together to discuss, network and advocate for positive change.

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