The Family Violence Prevention Foundation of Australia


The bi-annual International Addressing Filicide Conferences held in 2013, 2015 and 2017 at the Monash Prato Italy Centre brought together researchers, policy and program experts, and service providers, internationally, to inspire a long-term focus on developing an international knowledge base on filicide, a type of child homicide where a parent(s) or equivalent guardian(s) kill their child or children.

The Monash Deakin Filicide Research Hub, which has sponsored the past conferences, will hold the 2019 conference at Deakin Downtown in Melbourne Australia. We hope that the new location will continue to attract delegates from Canada, USA, UK and Europe, and bring new delegates from Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and South-East Asia. The Conference will be held in the heart of Melbourne’s Central Business District.

Filicide is a tragic topic that continues to occupy front-page news. State and federal government’s investment in domestic violence services has placed the risks for children exposed to domestic violence at the heart of the discussion on prevention of filicide but the complexity of filicide necessitates much more discussion and research. Many professions are needed to overcome the problem, lawyers, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, general practitioners, criminologists, health and welfare service providers, policy and program experts, researchers and academics. We hope you will join in!

14 – 15 November, 2019, Deakin Downtown, Melbourne, Australia

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27th – 29th September 2016 | Crowne Plaza, Melbourne

Just under half a million Australian women reported that they had experienced physical or sexual violence in the past 12 months, according to the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre and over a million women have experienced physical or sexual assault by their current or ex-partner since the age of 15. These figures demonstrate a great need for significant reform in the area of domestic and family violence.

With the Victorian Government committing $527 million to addressing domestic and family violence earlier this year, the NSW Government followed suit and pledged $300m in June. It is vital that not for profit agencies implement strategies to increase their scalability and capacity to continue delivering important services.

Akolade’s 2nd Breaking the Cycle of Domestic and Family Violence Conference, which will be held on 27-29 September in Melbourne, provides a timely opportunity to explore how front-line services can utilise this funding to improve organisational efficiency.

Attend and hear from senior leaders in this sector including:

  • Rebecca Poulson, Chief Executive Officer, The Poulson Family Foundation, Author, ‘Killing Love’
  • Amy J Sanchez, Chief Executive Officer, Break the Cycle, Minnesota, US
  • The Hon. Martin Foley MP, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Equality, Minister for Creative Industries, Victorian Government
  • Kon Karapanagiotidis, Chief Executive Officer, One of Pro Bono’s top 25 Most Influential People in the Social Sector of 2015, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
  • David Smyth, Chairman, Violence Free Families, VIC

Click here to see the event brochure

Key benefits of attending:

  • How to access new government funding opportunities
  • How to maximise resources to strengthen capacity
  • Innovative strategies to improve quality and scalability of service delivery to meet growing demand for frontline services
  • Diversifying service delivery approaches to meet the diversification of relationships
  • Methods to strengthen culturally effective service delivery to Indigenous communities
  • Implementing leading-edge perpetrator behavioural change programs

To register, please contact Akolade on 02 9247 6000 or

Rotary Albert Park in conjunction with The Family Violence Prevention Foundation of Australia Invite you to a Special Event

Come along and join Rotary Albert Park on Wednesday 2nd March and hear from Violence Free Families Ambassadors Matthew Ryan (Victoria Police Family Violence Command) and Mary Claire Landry (Executive Director New Orleans Family Justice Alliance).

Both are very keen to share their plans for the first vocational exchange program run by Rotary & Violence Free Families.

Date – Wednesday March 2nd 2016

Time – 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Venue – Life Saving Victoria

Address – 200 The Boulevard Port Melbourne 3201

Cost – $28 per head / Drinks at Bar Prices

Bookings Essential – RSVP – Friday February 26th 2016 by clicking on the link
Contact Details: Bec Heitbaum –, 0411 690 341

The Rotary Club of Glen Eira and the Carnegie Cricket Club will be hosting a Summer Community Luncheon to Prevent Domestic Violence in the club rooms at Koornang Park, Carnegie on Saturday 30th of January 2016 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm.

Tickets are $35 per person (with separate $10 all-you- can-eat BBQ tickets for kids), with proceeds going to Violence Free Families and other Rotary projects.

Guest speakers include Assistant Police Commissioner Stephen Fontana and Domestic Violence Survivor & Advocate Kristy McKellar.

Book online at
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Domestic Violence Forum Melbourne

Sadly, violence against women and children continues to occur all over the world, including on our doorstep.

So when is enough, enough? What are the facts and figures in our own community? How are victims being assisted? What happens to the perpetrators? How can we help to end this violence?

Be encouraged by recent research findings and inspired to make a difference. Hear from expert speakers including Scott Holmes from YMCA, Allison Wainwright from Family Life, Rachel Ellyard from the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Kaye Swanton from Violence Free Families and Peter Streker from Community Stars.

Join in conversation with them about ways to STOP family violence and build a safer world for all.

Proudly presented by St Stephen’s Anglican Church Gardenvale.

Thursday 26 November 2015
7.30pm – 9pm (supper to follow)St. Stephen’s Anglican Church,
Gardenvale, 111 North Rd, Brighton
Cost: Free.
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Violence Free Families works for the elimination of all forms of family violence. We believe that Research, Innovation and Education can help improve the lives of vulnerable children and women, and help curb the incidence of family violence.