2nd National LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence Conference 'Stronger Links for safer communities, because it's all of our business'
The 2nd National LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence Conference is a unique platform which focuses on appropriate service and policy responses to LGBTIQ domestic and family violence (DFV) and innovative prevention programs. The conference is organised biannually by the NSW LGBTIQ DV Interagency Working Group and will be held in Sydney on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th September 2013 at the NSW Teacher’s Federation in Surry Hills.
Building on the success of the first national conference in 2011 and the work we’ve been doing, we have expanded the conference to be a two day event. This year we have a particular focus on collaborative responses to LGBTIQ DFV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, as well as presentations on homophobia in Arabic-speaking communities, best practice responses for LGBTIQ people affected by DFV by the NSW Police Force and capacity-building initiatives to help services become more accessible to LGBTIQ people.
With presentations on ground-breaking domestic violence training by the QLD Association for Healthy Communities, an exciting new anti-homophobia initiative in Broken Hill, a yarning circle with some of Australia’s most prominent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners as well as a discussion panel on cross-sector collaboration with members of the NSW Women’s Alliance, this conference will offer opportunities for learning and sharing across government and non-government sector organisations.
We will launch the results of the LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence survey (the largest piece of research ever undertaken in Australia on LGBTIQ experiences of DFV), explore ways in which an analysis of LGBTIQ DFV fits within a gendered feminist framework and celebrate wins for LGBTIQ people and their families in the NSW Government Domestic and Family Violence Reforms.
As always we will be keeping the registration costs low to make the conference accessible to all.
For more information on this year’s conference and the work of the Interagency, visit www.anothercloset.com.au
Please note the conference is being held over 2 days, Thursday 19 September from 9am - 5.30pm and Friday 20 September from 9am - 4.30pm
Registrations are open both days from 8am
LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence Interagency NSW
The interagency is made up of government, local and state and non-government organisations. We have representatives from NSW Police Force, NSW Health, women’s refuges (DV NSW), City of Sydney, the Inner City Legal Centre, Safe Relationships Project and ACON’s LGBTI Domestic and Family Violence Project.
The LGBTIQ DV Interagency meets monthly and we have strong attendance at all of our meetings. We work to raise awareness relating to DFV in our diverse communities and this includes providing resources (such as the Another Closet website and booklet), in-service training, professional development sessions, a reporting line and assistance with reporting to police and a biannual conference.
Our last conference in 2011 was the first National LGBTIQ DV Conference and was a huge success. We have also contributed to Canadian academic, Janice Ristock’s book Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Lives (Duffy, Kate; Chapter 11,Routledge, 2011) on the Interagency's work promoting best practice and service provision to LGBTIQ people affected by DFV in Australia.
The interagency has been working together since 2000. At the moment we are also working on establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ DFV Advisory Committee to inform our work with these communities and ensure that it is culturally appropriate and effective. We are also trying to engage better with our partners in rural, regional and remote areas.