Change Makers: Responding to Family Violence during COVID-19

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Event Details

4 June 2020 at 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Online via Zoom


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Responding to family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic creates unique challenges.

Both victim/survivors of violence, including children and adolescents, and perpetrators who want to change their behaviour are likely to find it difficult to get access to appropriate and timely support.

Police, courts, lawyers, and family violence service providers may have to modify their practices to ensure people get the help they need.

Join this panel of experts to be part of a wide-ranging exploration of emerging problems and possible solutions in the area of family violence.

The panel brings their extensive experiences in family violence to explore issues such as the impact of COVID-19 on adolescents, migrant and refugee women, and on people who provide support to those in need.

Unique insights into the effect on courts and policing will be provided by Deputy Chief Magistrate Felicity Broughton and Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter.


  • Felicity Broughton,
    Deputy Chief Magistrate
  • Dean McWhirter,
    Assistant Commissioner, Victoria Police
  • Alison Macdonald,
    CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria
  • The Hon. Marcia Neave AO,
    Emeritus Professor, Monash University
  • Dr Becky Batagol,
    Associate Professor, Monash University
  • Dr Marie Segrave,
    Associate Professor, Monash University
  • Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon,
    Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Monash University
  • Josh Smith,
    Deputy Secretary, Aboriginal Justice, Department of Justice and Community Safety.

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