Online Live Panel: Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence: Online Live Panel
Maria Dimopoulos, Lifeline - DV Alert
Maria Dimopoulos AM is nationally and internationally recognised as an expert specialising in the intersections of diversity, gender equality and the law. She has had extensive experience in policy formulation for Government and her work has been instrumental in promoting and enhancing a gendered approach in the ongoing complex legal and political reform processes and in ensuring the meaningful inclusion of diverse women’s voices and perspectives in those reform processes.
In 2008 Maria was appointed by the Federal government to the National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. The Council provided expert advice to Government on reducing the incidence and impact of domestic and family violence and sexual assault on women and their children and was tasked with the development and distribution of a National Plan of Action.
Maria has undertaken extensive sensitive research with a range of diverse communities and organisations and has had research published in a range of professional publications and peer reviewed journals including the Feminist Law Journal, Family and Domestic Violence Clearinghouse, and the Australian Institute of Criminology. She has also co-authored the book ‘Blood on Whose Hands’ – the Killing of Women and Children in Domestic Relationships.
Maria currently sits on the following Boards:
- Coronial Council of Victoria
- Reconciliation Victoria
- Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre
- National Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity
Maria was also the inaugural Chairperson of the Harmony Alliance - Australia’s national coalition of migrant and refugee women and a member of the National Women’s Alliances.
In 2020 Maria was the recipient of Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order Of Australia for significant service to women, to cultural diversity, and to the prevention of domestic violence. In 2017 Maria was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award by the Migration Council of Australia for her tireless devotion to Australian multiculturalism and support for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women. In 2002, Maria was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. Maria is also a recipient of an Amnesty International Human Rights Award for her work on the legal and human rights of women from culturally, religiously and diverse background.
Cathy Oddie, Survivor Advocate
Cathy Oddie has worked across a number of sectors including Centrelink, Superannuation, Mental Health, Emergency Services and Family Violence. This cross-sector experience, as well as her own lived experience of family violence, sexual assault and mental health-related matters have given her a unique insight into the many challenges faced by people experiencing complex life circumstances when trying to navigate the service system for assistance.
Since 2007, Cathy has been a volunteer Survivor Advocate with Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre. This role led Cathy to make a submission and give evidence at the 2015 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. Her testimony resulted in two of the final 227 Recommendations, one of which led to the Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act which was tabled to Victorian Parliament in 2018.
In 2019, Cathy became the first official survivor ambassador for Mettle Women Inc. This is an organisation which provides safe and accessible employment and opportunities to women who have experienced family violence and homelessness to establish financial independence.
Recently Cathy has been appointed to the Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety’s Victim of Crime Consultative Committee as a Victim Representative. In addition to this appointment, last year she joined Victoria Legal Aid's "Specialist Family Violence Court Project" Steering Committee as a Family Violence Lived Experience Consultant. Cathy is passionately committed to the healing, recovery and financial wellbeing of victim survivors of domestic and family violence.
Emma Morgan, DV Resource Centre VIC
Emma Morgan is the Acting Director for Communication, Media and Engagement at Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre (DVRCV), the peak body for specialist family violence services in Victoria. Emma is a social worker with a background in family violence response and mental health. Emma has been leading the development of strategic partnerships and projects at DV Vic since 2018.
Jessica Stott, WIRE
Jessica Stott is the Service Delivery Manger at WIRE, a Victoria wide service which provides support, information and referrals to women, non-binary and gender diverse people on any issue. She believes in the power and wisdom of lived experience and is committed to feminism as an everyday practice. She has an educational background in psychology and lives in a bustling household with her partner and their four children.
Date & Time: Thursday 17th June, 2:00pm AEST.
14:00 in ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS, QLD
13:30 in SA, NT | 12:00 in WA
Register via Zoom at the link below.