Overcoming indigenous family violence with authentic, relevant & practical solutions

Conference | 16-17 May 2018      View full programme here

Workshop   | 18 May 2018            View full Workshop here
Indigenous Family Violence is a national issue that requires a nationwide effort to overcome.
The 2018 Indigenous Family Violence program was researched in consultation with our Advisory Committee of respected elders and experts. The agenda highlights the most pressing issues relating to indigenous family violence. These include initiatives such as government programs, community-based solutions, indigenous youth & child services, healing and rehabilitation strategies and the role of the police and legal system, all of which have proved to be successful in overcoming the scourge that is Indigenous Family Violence.
Over the course of the 2-day conference and the 3rd workshop day, we will be focused entirely on advocating for change, and exploring ways to free Australia from this ongoing issue.
Previously Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence was held in Cairns, Brisbane and Melbourne; this year the forum will be in Darwin in May. We remain committed to delivering valuable strategies & solutions that are authentic, relevant & practical. To this end, we have worked with a committee of respected elders and experts to advise on key concerns relating to family violence in Indigenous communities, & ensure the agenda emphasises these concerns as well as some cohesive initiatives that have proven to be successful in tackling the key issues.  
Our 2018 Advisory Committee
At the 2018 Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Forum, we are committed to delivering valuable strategies & solutions that are authentic, relevant & practical. This year, we’ve invited a committee of respected experts to advise on key concerns relating to family violence in Indigenous communities, & ensure that the agenda emphasises cohesive initiatives proven to be successful in tackling the key issues.  
Our 2018 Advisory Committee includes:
 Aunty Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian, Director, Indigenous Wellbeing Centre
 Uncle Peter Shine, Director Aboriginal Health, Northern Sydney Local Health District
 Rebecca Forrest, Special Projects Manager, Northern Territory Police
 Bettina Danganbarr, Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer, Northern Territory Police
 Lenore Dembski, Principal Project Officer, Northern Territory Working Women’s Centre

Remote Community Communication & Engagement Workshop 

Post-Conference Workshop | Friday, 18 May 2018 
This remote training workshop, held in the remote Indigenous community of Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island, is designed to give delegates the opportunity to personally experience traditional Indigenous culture and isolated communities in remote Australia. The workshop commences with a two-hour ferry trip to Nguiu across the Beagle Gulf, followed by an hour to fully immerse oneself in the culture, art and people of Nguiu. After a traditional welcome to country, the workshop program will begin.
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Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Top Speakers

Tony Lane

Chief Executive Officer

North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service

Desmond Campbell

Senior Project Officer

Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission

Dianne Gipey

Chief Executive Officer

Alice Springs Women’s Shelter

Jeanette Kerr

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations (Territory Families)

Northern Territory Government

Rebecca Forrest

Special Projects Manager

Northern Territory Police

Maj-Lis Dalton

Police Liaison Officer Coordinator

Queensland Police Service

Hon Michael Gunner MLA

Chief Minister; Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Northern Territory Government

Senator Malarndirri McCarthy

Senator for the Northern Territory

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13 Reasons to Attend Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence

  1. Hon Michael Gunner MLA, Northern Territory Chief Minister and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs presents government initiatives to support remote and Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory

  2. North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service shares what indigenous legal services are available and how they can assist in Indigenous family violence prevention

  3. Northern Territory Department of Attorney-General and Justice’s upcoming investment in indigenous legal services and strategies to improve the judicial system for survivors and perpetrators

  4.  Uncover strategies to prevent children from being trapped in the correctional system as Indigenous youth & child services professionals share actionable plans for a brighter future free from violence

  5. Consult directly with respected Elders from the Top End as they discuss how to work cohesively with Indigenous services & agencies

  6. Discover how to build constructive relationships with police services to help survivors and perpetrators of indigenous family violence

  7. Stand together with Indigenous family violence survivors as they share their stories and learn how we can provide everyone the courage to speak out

  8. Walk in the shoes of Dianne Gipey, CEO of Alice Springs Women’s Shelter, as she shares her story of domestic violence and the consequences of intergenerational trauma

  9. St John Ambulance Northern Territory’s response to Indigenous family violence emergencies and what they are doing to help survivors and perpetrators alike

  10. Meet the coal-face of Indigenous family violence services and hear their stories of overcoming the challenges Indigenous communities face

  11. Participate in our workshop sessions & create outcomes-focused action plans on improving services for women, men & children

  12. Find out how the Northern Territory Department of Housing and Community Development is supporting family violence survivors in isolated communities

  13. Attend our post-conference Wurrumiyanga (Bathurst Island) Remote Community & Engagement Workshop & develop your understanding of Aboriginal Cultural Protocols, effective communication with indigenous communities and community capacity building

Who Should Attend Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence?

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



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Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Venue

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin

116 The Esplanade, Darwin
Room: Grand Ballroom
T: (61) 8 8901 0705
E: esplanadedarwin.reservations@hilton.com 
Set next to Darwin Entertainment Centre and overlooking the Esplanade, the welcoming DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is only a 15-minute drive from Darwin International Airport and offers easy access to Stuart Highway. The hotel is within walking distance of the city center, many major businesses and government offices, and historic attractions like the War Memorial and Parliament House. 
Click here for accommodation instructions.  

Remote Community Workshop 

Address: Indigenous community of Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island