We are proud to announce Dr Ann O'Neil as a keynote speaker at the National Family Violence Summit.
In 1994, Ann's estranged husband broke into the home she shared with her two young children, shooting her and killing the children, before turning the gun on himself. Rather than let her life slip away, she has turned her tragedy into a calling, speaking at hundreds of events, raising awareness of Domestic Violence.
After recovering physically from the shooting that took her children, Ann O’Neil fought the desire to cave in on herself and kept a promise she had made to her children: she went back to school. Ultimately earning her PHD with a dissertation researching the social support for secondary victims of serious crime, she graduated from Social Work with First Class Honours in 2001.
Her final thesis led to the establishment of the first web based support source for victims of crime in Australia, known as Angel Hands Inc.
Ann became the inaugural Convenor of the first WA Homicide Victims Support Group and, upon graduating, she set out on speaking tours, raising awareness for family violence and helping others cope with life after homicide. Her community work has been recognized by some of the top individuals in Australia.
To register, visit www.nfvsummit.com.au