Event: DVAC Panel Discussion – “Start by believing, contribute to healing”








The purpose of the DVAC practice forum is to develop relationships between organisations, departments and
individuals working with those in the community who have been impacted by sexual violence.

Reporting sexual abuse can be a complex and retraumatising time for victims. Reducing the risk of further
traumatising relies heavily on responses from others. How can we as individuals, as a community and in our
organisations ensure we are part of the healing process of increased wellbeing of survivors of sexual violence.
Let’s start the conversation and bring to the table the voices of survivors.

The aim of this community forum is to hear the different perspectives, share what is working well and what is
not, and highlight the stories of hope that fuel commitment, determination, and passion to better understand
what sexual abuse is and how to respond sensitively and respectfully.

Key Note Speakers:

  • Kerry Carrington (Criminologist & Research Professor, School of Justice, Faculty of Law, QUT) – pictured
  • Darren Green (Acting Inspector, Queensland Police Service)
  • Maree King (Survivor and Warrior)
  • Clare Hamilton (Sexual violence Counsellor)
  • David Stracey (Mental Health Social Worker work with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child
    Sexual Abuse)

Wednesday 24 November 2021
9:00 am for 9:30 am start to 12:30 pm
Venue: Brothers Leagues Club
Wildey Street, Raceview
$30 paid workers $10 students
RSVP 17 November 2021 to

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