Registrations Open for National Family Violence Summit

The inaugural National Family Violence Summit will bring together the combined expertise and experience of Australia’s frontline service providers, thought leaders and political decision makers to deliver real change in the way we work to defeat family violence.

Facilitated by the Tara Costigan Foundation and proudly sponsored by BaptistCare, the National Family Violence Summit will be held in Canberra from 17th and 18th March 2016 at the QT Hotel. On Saturday 19th March the Summit will formally conclude with the holding of ‘Tara’s Walk for Change’ will start at Reconciliation Place.

Held in the national capital in the shadows of Parliament House, the Summit will produce a Report each year. It will be presented to the Prime Minister for an annual statement to the House of Representatives on Family Violence.

The statement is intended to keep Family Violence at the forefront of public, political and policy consciousness in a similar manner to the ‘Closing the Gap’ Report on Indigenous disadvantage.

The National Family Violence Summit will comprise two intensive days of presentations, keynote addresses, policy debate and panel discussions.

With organisational responsibility shared by charities, police, academics, government officials and key service delivery agencies, the Summit will deliver a coordinated agreement on how Australia can build an holistic response to responding to family violence when it occurs, as well as preventing the cycle of family violence that produces perpetrators and victims.

The Summit will also deliver signed strategic agreements between organisations on key understandings of how they can work cooperatively and build formal communication channels. Despite the significant investments in tackling family violence, this coordinated approach and focus on calculated outcomes is unique.

After the Summit is held, it is hoped the newfound calibration simply becomes ‘business as usual’.

In 2016 the National Family Violence Summit will concentrate on establishing the means for reaching common ground and identifying the ways that all stakeholders can work together towards a common policy and philosophical goal.

The topics and attention of participants will turn to other agreed outcomes each year from 2017 onwards.

While the National Family Violence Summit has a limited number of delegate positions available, members of the public are welcome to attend.

The completed agenda with guest speakers and their schedule will be published in mid February.

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