• 2018 WDVCAS Conference

    Achieving Justice and Positive Change, August 2, 2018
    Sydney Teachers Federation
    The conference has now sold out! Thanks to everyone who has registered.

    The conference theme, ‘Achieving Justice and Positive Change’ will explore positive stories of change and support and update participants on recent changes in the NSW justice space. The conference will introduce participants to new methods of working with women who have experienced domestic and family violence which centres their experience, resilience and more effectively supports their access to safety and justice. The work of WDVCAS Aboriginal specialist workers and Multicultural specialist workers will be showcased and insight given to the workings of Safety Action Meetings.

    The conference will be a public opportunity to discuss and advocate for women and children's access to justice when they have experienced domestic and/or family violence. Advocates, DFV workers, experts, people with lived experience, students and members of the general public will come together to discuss, network and advocate for positive change.


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  • Getting There

    The WDVCAS NSW 2018 Conference is being held at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre in Surry Hills.

    The Centre is located at 37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010.

    Public transport

    The NSW Teacher’s Federation is a short 500 metre walk from Central Station, with multiple bus links serving the area. Plan your trip with NSW Transport here

    Parking
    On-street parking is available at Sydney parking rates, with the closest secure parking facility on the corner of Goulburn and Elizabeth Street, 400 metres away from the Conference Centre.

    Accessibility
    The Teacher’s Federation is fully accessible, with lifts and disabled toilets. There are lifts available at the Reservoir St entry. The entrance on Mary St has no stairs.

    WDVCAS NSW will be providing travel bursaries of up to $200 to support 6 NSW women with a disability to attend the conference. Please contact Renata on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply.

    If you require resources in Easy English, large font or Auslan, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0474779847 by July 13th 2018.

    Accessibility

    The Teacher’s Federation is fully accessible, with lifts and  wheelchair accessible toilets. There are lifts available at the Reservoir St entry. The entrance on Mary St has no stairs. There is space at the front or rear of the auditorium for wheelchairs.

    If you require resources in alternate online formats (e.g. Microsoft Word), Easy English, large font or Auslan, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0474779847 by July 13th 2018.

    WDVCAS NSW will be providing travel bursaries of up to $150 per person to support 6 NSW women with disability to attend the conference. Please contact Renata on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply.


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  • Speakers

    Keynote speaker: Dr Allan Wade, University of Seattle (Canada).

    Dr Allan Wade

    Dr. Allan Wade began his work as a family therapist in 1983. Prior to entering private practice, Allan worked in federal corrections, youth work, addictions services, child protection, and as a special education teacher. In 1999, Allan completed his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Victoria. In the course of his Ph.D. training, Allan focused on the micro-analysis of face-to-face communication, and on the connection between violence and language. His dissertation is entitled, “Resistance to Interpersonal Violence: Implications for the Practice of Therapy”.

    With colleagues Linda Coates and Nick Todd, Allan developed “Response-based Practice”, which is both a method of working with victims and perpetrators of violence and their families, and a framework to guide professional interventions, research on social responses to interpersonal violence, and research on the connection between violence and language. Allan teaches locally and internationally. He provides supervision and conducts workshops with criminal justice and mental health professionals from across the range of agencies involved in cases of interpersonal violence.

    Other speakers include:

    • Hon. Minister Mark Speakman, NSW Attorney General
    • Hon. Mnister Pru Goward, Minister for Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault
    • Anna Butler, NSW Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Team
    • Meredith Lea, People with Disability Australia
    • Christine Bond, Griffith University
    • WDVCAS Aboriginal Specialist Network
    • WDVCAS Multicultural Specialist Network Sean McDermott, NSW Police
    • Michelle Jones, WDVCAP,
    • Kathy Powell, Department of Justice
    • Punchbowl Primary School, Respect Program Performance


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  • Program

    Download the Program:
    Click here to download a PDF copy of the program


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Our Vision and Purpose

We're passionate about helping women and children escape domestic violence. These short videos explain how WDVCAS is making a real difference in our community.

Vision and Purpose

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