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Have you registered yet for the 2014 Warrior Whispering Forum?

Great news! The registration date has been extended to the 2nd May. We know lots of you are keen to attend, so please register before it’s too late.

Here’s what people said about the 2013 Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum:

- “I have never been before and I loved it. The story and the people and the staff and food were brilliant.”

- “It supported my professional knowledge and strengthened my spirit by being with my mob.”

- “Inspirational people, wonderful stories.”

- “Great networking opportunities.”

- “Valuable information/ideas and models to take with me and create programs relevant to my community.”

- “Great food, great people, worthwhile information from diverse backgrounds.”

- “I got culturally specific information.”

- “Diversity of speakers, networking, collective knowledge.”

Previous forum participants


Sex differences in domestic violence: recent research

On the 4th February, Dr Molly Dragiewicz (School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology) visited Mackay to present the first research seminar of 2014: Sex differences in domestic violence: recent research Dr Dragiewicz’s presentation reviewed current social science research on sex differences in domestic violence and their implications for practice, sharing tools for understanding and assessing research claims.

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Congratulations and farewell to Heather Nancarrow!

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It is with both joy and sadness that Heather was farewelled after more than a decade at CDFVR.  Heather has provided inspirational leadership as Director of CDFVR, since its establishment in 2002. Heather’s enormous knowledge, experience and expertise have been recognised and she has left to take up her new appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre of Excellence to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children (NCE) in Sydney.  The NCE is a key action under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-22.

In leaving CDFVR for new horizons Heather said:

“I most look forward to seeing governments across Australia responding to the evidence emerging from the NCE and, ultimately, a significant reduction in the prevalence of domestic, family and sexual violence against women and their children by 2022.”

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Welcome to the 10th Annual Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum: Warrior Whispering!

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The forum will be held on Wednesday May 7 and Thursday May 8, 2014 at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Alfred Street, Mackay. Last year’s Hard Yarns session was very popular, demonstrating that the audience, as well as the designated speakers, had a lot to contribute to our forum. Once again we have spaced our program so participants can have their say about each area of discussion.

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Day one of the forum will commence with a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion. The panel will present ways of working with men, and will feature Queensland and interstate approaches. Later, there will be a series of Yarning Circles, which will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about a range of issues, including family abuse and adolescent to parent abuse, and share your insights. There will be another keynote speaker prior to the Hard Yarns session after lunch...see more




Shifting the paradigm: the intersection of domestic violence, child maltreatment and child safety and wellbeing

David Mandel provides an overview of the Safe and Together ™ model and explains how Child Safety Services, family support and the domestic violence sectors can work together to keep children safe and together with the non-offending survivor of domestic and family violence.

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CDFVR has also recorded an additional video "David Mandel in conversation with Ron Frey and Heather Nancarrow". This video is available on the seminar videos page.



Date Claimers

Wednesday May 7 and Thursday May 8, 2014

10th Annual Qld Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum

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Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Qld

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