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The 2021 Connexions conference will be held on Monday 29th November at University of Newcastle – Ourimbah Campus

2021 Connexions Conference Guest Speakers

2019 Connexions Conference highlights

2021 Conference Speakers

Delia Donovan

Delia brings with her extensive experience in non-government and social services settings across Australia and the United Kingdom.  She has 21 years’ experience in social work and social care settings spending the last 11 years in the domestic and family violence sector.  Delia has led two domestic violence organisations as CEO: The Dash Charity (Domestic Abuse Stops Here) set in the UK and more recently White Ribbon Australia.  Delia was appointed as Chair of Prosper Australia in 2016 and is deeply passionate about their work to support disadvantaged children and families across NSW at home, in school and across the community.  Delia has been recognized and awarded for her work in both the UK and Australia receiving several awards for her work to innovate and effect change.

Jess Hill

Jess Hill is a Walkley-award winning investigative journalist who’s been reporting on domestic abuse for several years. Prior to this, she was a Middle East correspondent, and worked as both a producer and reporter for various programs across the ABC, including AM, PM, The World Today, and Background Briefing. In 2019, she published her first book, See What You Made Me Do, about the phenomenon of domestic abuse in Australia. It was awarded the 2020 Stella Prize, has been shortlisted for several others, including the Walkley Book Award and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, and has been adapted into a television series for SBS. Currently, Jess is working on an audio documentary series called ‘The Trap’ with the Victorian Women’s Trust, which will be released in August.

Kerry Carrington

Kerry Carrington is a Research Professor in the QUT Centre for Justice Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is a world leading expert on gender violence and its prevention.  She has presented 25 invited keynotes or speaker addresses over her career in the US, Spain, Argentina, China, Mexico, and Australia. She has an extensive track record leading cross-cultural, comparative and collaborative research projects on a national and international scale. She is the lead investigator of and ARC DP funded project ‘Preventing Gender Violence: Lessons from the Global South’. Her team has undertaken a world first study on Argentina’s uniquely designed Police Stations to respond to gender violenc and prevent gender violence. You can read more about them here:

In 2016 Kerry was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia for outstanding and distinguished contributions to the social sciences. She is also the recipient of a number of awards from the American Society of Criminology – Lifetime Achievement award (Division of Critical Criminology), and Distinguished Scholar Award (Division of Women and Crime). Kerry is a co-author of Southern Criminology (2019) Feminism and Global Justice (2015) and over 130 other publications, as well as the Founding Chief Editor of Australia’s first open-access journal in law and criminology International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

Devon Cuimara

Devon Cuimara Founder & CEO of Aboriginal Males Healing Centre Strong Spirit Strong Families Strong Culture Inc (AMHC). My people are the First Nation People of the Southwest of Western Australia (WA). My matrilineal kin groups are Manitjimat (white cockatoo) and Wardongmat (crow). ‘Mat ‘means ‘stock, family, leg’. My Moort (Family) are the Juat, Wadjuk, Pibilman, Njunga – Nyungar mob and Badimaya, Wudjari mob of the Southern Yamatji group.

I’m the son of a father who is the son of a father (my grandfather). Three generations have used violence. If I didn’t stop, my sons would have been the fourth generation. In my family, most men use violence. Most Aboriginal men I know are abusive. I have been aggressive. However, I was not born violent. I learned aggression. The abuse was normal growing up. Living with abusive behaviour in my family was like a repetitive monologue. I have faced abuse all my life, including racial abuse.

Senior Sergeant Alissa Parker

Senior Sergeant Alissa Parker is the Legal Consultant attached to the NSW Police corporate Domestic & Family Violence Team.

Alissa joined the New South Wales Police Force in 1989. She was a Detective for 10 years, before becoming a Police Prosecutor in 2004. Alissa worked at Blacktown and Mt Druitt, prosecuting predominately domestic violence cases.

In 2013 Alissa joined the NSWPF Domestic and Family Violence Team, where she worked closely with Inspector Sean McDermott developing the legislation and delivering training to Police for Police Issued ADVO’s, DVSAT (Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool) and DVEC (Domestic Violence Evidence in Chief).

Alissa was promoted to Sergeant in 2016 where she transferred back to the Police Prosecutor Training Unit.

Alissa was promoted to her current position in 2018. Her role involves legal advice to police, police training, developing new legislation and policy to support victims of domestic & family violence.

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Our aim is to prevent, reduce & eliminate domestic and family violence on the Central Coast through education, awareness, advocacy & community engagement.

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Our aim is to prevent, reduce & eliminate domestic and family violence on the Central Coast through education, awareness, advocacy & community engagement.