9Th sTOP Domestic Violence National Indigenous Conference Speakers

Patrick Rivers

Community Service: Client Assessment and Case Management

Territory Families

Patrick Rivers VET pathway began in 2013 when he enrolled in a Certificate III in Community Services and the complementing Certificate IV the following year.

He has since enrolled in and graduated from a Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention and this year he has graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Community Service Practice: Statutory Child Protection and a Graduate Certificate in Community Service: Client Assessment and Case Management.

Patrick is employed by Territory Families, the Northern Territory Government agency responsible for the care and protection of children.

His commitment to his work and his studies are driven by his own personal experiences as a teenager and being assisted and supported by case-workers to make positive choices in his life.

Christine CresSwell

clinical counsellor

Centre for Women & Co, specialist Violence and women's wellbeing service

Christine Cresswell is a clinical counsellor, professional supervisor and "Three-In-One Concepts" facilitator and trainer. Christine has spent the last 20 years working as a counsellor and following her passion by bringing healing to young people and their families, both internationally and nationally. Christine is currently employed with the Centre for Women & Co, specialist Violence and women's wellbeing service as their team leader and children's counsellor. Christine is a level 4 registered counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association, member of the College of Clinical Counsellors and the college of Supervisors. Christine is a clinical counsellor, professional supervisor and "Three-In-One Concepts" facilitator and trainer. Christine has spent the last 20 years working as a counsellor and following her passion by bringing healing to young people and their families, both internationally and nationally. Christine is currently employed with the Centre for Women & Co, specialist Violence and women's wellbeing service as their team leader and children's counsellor. Christine is a level 4 registered counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association, member of the College of Clinical Counsellors and the college of Supervisors.

Natalie Walker

CEO

PartnerSPEAK

Natalie Walker is the CEO of PartnerSPEAK which is the only organisation in Australia to specifically support the non-offending partners and families of perpetrators of child exploitation material.

PartnerSPEAK is based on the principles of Intentional Peer Support with non-offending families with lived experience leading our response.

Natalie has been an unwavering advocate for non-offending partners and families of perpetrators for over a decade.

During Operation Auxin in 2004, when media published the name of an affected partner, Natalie was adamant that someone needed to speak out on behalf of these traumatised partners against the stereotype that they are complicit in the offence.

Natalie is campaigning that bringing child exploitation material into the family home be recognised as a form of family violence and that it is responded to by agencies and government appropriately. 

In 2018, Natalie undertook a Churchill Fellowship in the United States and New Zealand which explored ‘Intentional peer support as a trauma-informed response to the partners of perpetrators of child sexual abuse material.’

Malarndirri Mccarthy

Northern Territory Legislative Assembly

Parliament of Australia

Tess Reilly-Browne

Counsellor

Tess Reilly-Browne Counselling

 

Tess Reilly-Browne Growing up in rural Queensland, Tess was strongly influenced by the kindness of her father and grandparents and their care of people, animals and the land that sustained them. The essence of these early learnings are lived out in her private counselling practice in Melbourne. Tess is passionate about co-creating deeply personal therapeutic relationships with her clients. These therapeutic relationships become a healing spring board from which her clients then create healthier, happier, more fulfilling relationships out of the counselling room. Tess believes a greater focus needs to be given to relationship counselling - a society that has healthier relationships makes for a more nurturing and productive world for us all.

Chrissie Kelly 

Qld State Manager

Family Drug Support

Chrissie Kelly is a highly experienced Community Services Professional specialising in the Alcohol and other Drugs and Mental Health sectors. She has an extensive career delivering Community Service qualifications in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, worked in a statutory role for the Department of Justice supporting vulnerable people and more recently has been working with families who are impacted by a family member of friends substance use. Chrissies passion is working with culturally diverse communities and in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples communities. Her son Jack is a Bidjarra/ Kara Kara man from central and central western Queensland.

Kyllie Cripps

Senior Lecturer

Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales

Dr Kyllie Cripps is a Scientia Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales.  Kyllie, as a Pallawa woman, has worked extensively over the past twenty years in the areas of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse with Indigenous communities, defining areas of need and considering intervention options at multiple levels.  She has led three major ARC projects in grants including one defining and contextualizing, Indigenous and non Indigenous, community and service sector, understandings and practices of partnerships in the family violence sector and another examining the role of cultural factors in the sentencing of Indigenous sex offenders in the Northern Territory. More recently Kyllie has also led an AHURI project with Associate Professor Daphne Habibis from the University of Tasmania examining the relationship between Indigenous family violence and housing. The final project report was launched at the National Housing Conference in August 2019 is available on the AHURI website. Kyllie’s expertise in the area of interpersonal violence is regularly recognised with invitations to provide advice to state and federal governments this is demonstrated in her publications, in her public speaking and her appointments to state and national committees responding to family violence.  She also routinely provides advice and training to professional groups and Indigenous communities in her areas of expertise.  Kyllie’s work has also been recognised internationally with invitations to speak and to teach on Indigenous experiences of violence in the United States and Canada.

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