The 2016 bestchance Annual Forum will be focusing on Addressing Family Violence: What is the role for early childhood services?
Every year, hundreds of children in Victoria are affected by Family Violence in some shape or form. This year the 2016 bestchance Annual Forum will be focusing on Addressing Family Violence: What is the role for early childhood services?
Some key facts to reflect on:
• In Victoria, the number of family incident reports rose from 50,382 to 60,829 in one year (Victoria Police 2012/13)
• Witnessing and/or experiencing Family Violence has an extremely negative impact on children that can result in emotional and psychological trauma
• Young children who witness episodes of violence between people they love can be affected as much as if they were the victims of the violence
The afternoon will start with Keynote speaker Ms Maya Avdibegovic, CEO of inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence followed by an update on the current reforms in the family violence sector from Prue Cameron, Senior Policy Advisor at Domestic Violence Victoria.
The bestchance Annual Forum provides an excellent opportunity to raise questions and network with professionals working to combat Family Violence. Seats at Clayton Theatrette are limited so please book as soon as possible.
About Maya Avdibegovic: Maya Avdibegovic is the CEO of InTouch, Multicultural Centre against Family Violence. InTouch is a statewide service, which provides services, programs and responses to issues of family violence in CALD communities. Maya was born in Bosnia and graduated from Sarajevo University. She fled war-torn Bosnia in 1992 and lived in Germany for three years before migrating to Australia in 1995. Maya has qualifications in education, accounting and business management. Since she joined inTouch in 2009, the agency has expanded its work across the continuum of family violence and implemented a range of innovative initiatives leading inTouch towards its long-term goal of becoming a multi-disciplinary service – ‘a one-stop-shop’ – for CALD victims of family violence. Being a refugee and a migrant herself, Maya is passionate about supporting migrant women and their families to settle in Australia and have equitable access to services.
About Prue Cameron: Prue Cameron is the Senior Policy Advisor for Domestic Violence Victoria. She has a background in sociology and has worked in a variety of social policy, research and political roles, including as director of policy and deputy chief of staff for Senator Bob Brown when he was leader of the Australian Greens.