Workshop presenters and panel members – April 29

Alan Thorpe: Director/Facilitator Dardi Munwurroalan-thorpe

Alan has over 25 years’ experience working with the Aboriginal Community in Victoria, and since 2004 has been funded by the Department of Human Services and Department of Justice to deliver leadership programs to vulnerable Aboriginal men. Alan also facilitates the gathering of Indigenous men from across Victoria to discuss issues concerning the community including Family Violence

Damian Green: Research associate Curtin University

As a registered psychologist Damian works as an independent Damian Pic Smallconsultant specialising in Family and Domestic Violence policy and practice He also holds a sessional academic and research associate positions within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University.  Prior to this work Damian was an Executive Manager at Communicare for nine years within Accommodation and Therapeutic Services.  He was responsible for a directorate that included a Professional Training Institute, Psychological Services, Family and Domestic Violence Services and Justice Services.  Damian sits on various committees and advisory groups at both a state and federal level, is an ambassador for White Ribbon Day, and is strongly committed to the goal of ending violence towards women and children.

Damian is an experienced facilitator and trainer having worked extensively in the areas of violent offending, men’s behaviour change and parenting.

David Ellis: national Training Manager at SNAICC

David is a passionate supporter of social justice, empowerment and capacity building processes across the Health and Community Services area and particularly in the area of family violence, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and social housing

Presently David is the national Training Manager at SNAICC, the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Care where he manages the development and delivery of national training programs for the Early Years and Child and Family services area.

Before coming to SNAICC, David worked as a training consultant on Aboriginal family violence risk assessment training for Dept. Aboriginal Affairs and DHHS; with gender, family violence and disability training programs with Women with Disabilities Victoria and with youth risk assessment in Geelong. Prior to this he worked as a Manager and Senior Training Consultant for the School of Health and Community at Swinburne University of Technology for more than twenty years.

Katie Lamb: PhD. Candidate at The University of MelbourneKatie Lamb photo

Katie has a background in criminology and public policy and has worked as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Victorian Government Departments of Justice, Human Services and Education and Early Childhood as well as the Australian Institute of Family Studies. She has an interest in drug and alcohol policy, offender rehabilitation, vulnerable families and children as well as responses to family violence. Katie is currently on leave from her government role and is due to complete her PhD in Social Work at The University of Melbourne this year.

Her PhD is using a child rights framework to explore opportunities to embed the voices of children and young people who have experienced family violence within Men’s Behavioural Change Programs.

Katreena Scott: Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Torontokatreena-scott

Dr. Scott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto and the Canada Research Chair in Family Violence Prevention and Intervention.  She leads an applied research program aimed at reducing violence in family relationships, with specific expertise is addressing violence perpetration in men and fathers. Dr. Scott is recognized internationally for her intervention work with abusive fathers and nationally for her research on effective interventions for intimate partner violence. She has authored over 40 articles and book chapters on the development of violent relationships, the efficacy of service to male batterers, the effect of abuse and trauma on children, and on empirically and ethically sound policies for working with abuse perpetrators. The Caring Dads program that she developed ( is currently running in many sites across Canada, as well as in the US, UK, Ireland, Wales, Germany and Sweden. She was invited to testify as part of the recent Royal Commission into Family Violence and is currently a visiting academic at the University of Melbourne.

Jacqui Watt: CEO No To ViolenceJacqui Watt

Jacqui has been the CEO of NTV since February 2015. Her previous work experience includes being CEO of two peak bodies advocating for Community Housing – one in Scotland and one in Victoria – and a year as Director of Client Services at Anglicare. Jacqui has experience in the fields of alcohol and drugs, mental health, disability and social housing gained over the last 30 years.

Whilst working as a consultant Jacqui has provided strategic advice to Boards, facilitated stakeholder engagement and chaired Think Tanks for both government and NGO’s. Whilst at KPMG in 2012 Jacqui facilitated the statewide consultation of social housing tenants and housing support organisations.

With skills in change management and leadership development, Jacqui is committed to supporting people and organisations to resolve complex social issues. Furthermore, Jacqui is the current Secretary of Organisation Development Australia, a member of ACFE (Adult, Continuing and Further Education) Council for Loddon Murray and a Council member of ACSO.”

Cathy Humphreys: Professor of Social Work at University of MelbourneCathyHumphreys

Cathy is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Melbourne. Her program of research crosses two major areas: children in out of home care; and domestic violence and family violence. She co-directs the Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and Their Children (MAEVe), an inter-disciplinary centre to progress research on domestic and family violence. Cathy’s current research streams look at fathering and domestic violence and the collaborative processes between Child Protection and specialist FV services. Prior to becoming an academic Cathy was a social work practitioner for 16 years.