Dangerous Liaisons - Red Flags of Dating and Relating Book Launch
I thought he loved me - I believed him - How could he do this to me?
These are common statements of despair from women who have been or are still romantically involved with a dangerous liaison. Unfortunately dangerous liaisons are everywhere. We have not been told who they are, the hurt and devastation they are capable of inflicting, and more importantly, how to spot them.
Suzana Bozic will interview Marina Bakker author of Dangerous Liaisons to discuss who dangerous liaisons are and the long-term effects of pain and heartache from these interactions.
A donation from each book sale will be made to the Red Rose Foundation. www.redrosefoundation.com.au
A Panel Discussion with Marina
To help raise awareness, and to bring about a community approach to assist in reducing the rates of domestic violence and intimate abuse, a panel of experts will be interviewed. Domestic violence and intimate partner abuse is a serious issue affecting millions around the world. The panel will discuss current issues, policy challenges, the impact of trauma on individuals, families and the wider community and approaches required to help to reduce the rates of domestic violence and intimate partner abuse.
Inga Peulich MLC - Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Inga Peulich is an experienced Member of Parliament and is the current Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Shadow Minister for Scrutiny of Government.
Inga brings a depth of experience in government and opposition and across both chambers of the parliament.
From 2010-2014 Inga served as Parliamentary Secretary for Education and was subsequently appointed Cabinet Secretary.
After serving 10 years in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1992 -2002 as the Member for Bentleigh, Inga was re-elected to the Victorian Parliament as Liberal Member for the South Eastern Metropolitan Region in the Legislative Council in 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Inga has a depth of Parliamentary Committee experience including:
- Legislative Council ‘s Legal and Social Issues Committee;
- Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee;
- All-Party Family and Community Development Committee (including as Deputy Chair);
- Chair of the Legislative Council’s Planning and Environment Legislation Committee;
- All Party Economic and Infrastructure Committee;
- Legislative Council Privileges Committee;
- All Party House Committee of the Victorian Parliament; and
- All Party Electoral Matters Committee.
Inga also has extensive experience on a range of Liberal/Coalition Committees, as Secretary to the Liberal and Coalition Parties and as acting Speaker and President chairing parliamentary debates.
Inga completed 3 years on the Victorian Liberal Administrative Committee, served 2 years as Metropolitan Female Vice President and chaired a number of key party committees including State Strategy, the State Council Agenda Committee and the Victorian Liberal Training Committee.
Before being elected to the Victorian Parliament, Inga was an English Faculty Head at Cleeland and Eumemmering Secondary Colleges, teaching VCE English and Psychology. She is an International Teaching Fellow and is well qualified with a BA and M. Ed Studies. Inga also has many years of involvement in small business and believes that small and medium sized businesses are the life-blood of our economy.
Inga was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and migrated to Australia with her family when she was ten years old. She is married to Savo, a small business owner and has one adult son, also in local government and former Mayor of Kingston.
Inga was first elected to local government in the south-east of Melbourne and began her political life as a childcare activist.
In her spare time, Inga enjoys spending time with her family, community affairs and travel.
"I am committed to supporting and driving policies which build social and physical capital and deliver the best outcomes for individuals, families and the community without diminishing our essential freedoms or shirking our social and financial responsibilities." – Inga Peulich MLC.
Mary Stavrakakis - Family Law Barrister
Mary Stavrakakis is a Family Law Barrister with 28 years of experience. She practises exclusively in Family Law specialising in Children’s cases where she appears for the Mother, Father or the Independent Children’s Lawyer. Mary's focus is the needs and best interests of the children and she is also a member of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Sonia Anderson - Domestic Violence Advocate
Sonia Anderson is a passionate and influential advocate in helping to reduce the rates of domestic violence. In the hope that lives can be saved Sonia publicly shares her story of her daughter’s domestic violence murder. Sonia’s advocacy extends to advising government on legislation changes that will provide better protection for women and children experiencing domestic violence. She also regularly appears in the media discussing the importance of our society taking a unified stance against domestic violence. Sonia is an ambassador of the Red Rose Foundation that is dedicated to reducing domestic violence deaths.