Speakers

Keynote, plenary speakers and master class presenters included:

Kerry Arabena, Professor, and Chair of Indigenous Health, University of Melbourne 

Professor Kerry Arabena is a Social Worker with a Doctorate in Human Ecology and an extensive background in sexual health, reproductive health, public health, remote area health service administration and community development, and current research projects across sexual and reproductive health, health equity, community engagement and health service reform. In January 2013, Kerry was appointed Chair for Indigenous Health and Director of the Indigenous Health Equity Unit at the University of Melbourne, and is a current Director of Indigenous Community Volunteers. Kerry was previously Professor and Director of Indigenous Health Research in the School for Indigenous Health, Monash University and the Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equity Council (2013 - 2014). She was inaugural Chair of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, a national Indigenous representative body established in 2010. Kerry Arabena is a descendent of the Merriam people from the Torres Strait. She has represented Australia in international forums on HIV/AIDS and climate change. Her professional experience has seen her recognised as an Australian of the Year Finalist in 2010 and a recipient of the prestigious JG Crawford Prize for Academic Excellence at Australian National University in 2011.

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Executive Director, FemLINK Pacific

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls is a Fiji Islander and the Executive Director of FemLINKPACIFIC. She is a Board member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict and the Global Fund for Women, as well as a member of the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group and the Programme Management Group of the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS), and a Global Ambassador for the WACC (World Association for Christian Communication) Global Media Monitoring Project. Sharon has an acute interest and experience in media and women, peace and security policy. At the policy level, her work in recent years has seen her vigorously lobby formal and informal Government forums on communication rights and community media, and the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) within the Forum Regional Security Committee of the Pacific Islands Forum and other regional inter-governmental organisations, as well as at the United Nations. Between 2010 and 2012, she coordinated civil society input into the development of the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2012-2015). She is presently a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) member of the Pacific Islands Forum’s Regional Working Group on Women, Peace and Security tasked with overseeing the implementation of the action plan.

Kathleen Daly, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University 

Kathleen Daly is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University (Brisbane). Her current research is on conventional and innovative justice responses to partner and sexual violence in different contexts of victimisation: individual, occupational-organisational, institutional, and collective. Her book, Redressing Institutional Abuse of Children (2014, Palgrave Macmillan), analyses 19 major cases of historical institutional abuse of children in Australia and Canada, with a focus on the processes and outcomes of redress schemes. Kathy has written or edited 6 books and over 85 journal articles and book chapters. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the American Society of Criminology, and past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (2005-09).

Megan Davis, Professor, and Director, Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW Law, and Expert Member, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 

Dr Megan Davis is a Professor of Law, Director, Indigenous Law Centre, Faculty of Law and a Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court. Megan is also a UN Expert Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) (state member) and holds portfolios including Administration of Justice and Gender and Women. In 2012, Megan was the Rapporteur of the UNPFII Expert Group Meeting on violence against Indigenous women, held in New York; and was elected again in 2013 as Rapporteur of the UNPFII Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Youth. In 2014/15, Megan was elected as Rapporteur of the UNPFII Expert Group Meeting on an Optional Protocol on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Megan teaches, writes and researches in the areas of Public Law (Constitutional Law) and Public International Law. In 2011, Megan was appointed by the Federal Government to the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution and continues to be involved in legal discussions on the constitutional issues relating to the referendum model. In addition, Megan specialises in legal issues pertaining to violence against Indigenous women. Megan has extensive experience as an international lawyer at the United Nations for over a decade and participated in the drafting of the UNDRIP from 1999-2004; and is a former UN Fellow of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

Walter DeKeseredy, Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology, West Virginia University 

Walter S. DeKeseredy has published 19 books and over 160 scientific journal articles and book chapters on violence against women and other social problems. In 2008, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma gave him the Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award. He also jointly received the 2004 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology's (ASC) Division on Women and Crime and the 2007 inaugural UOIT Research Excellence Award. In 1995, he received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the ASC’s Division on Critical Criminology (DCC) and in 2008 the DCC gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, he received the Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences' Section on Critical Criminal Justice.

Anne Edwards AO, Emeritus Professor, and Chair, (ANROWS) Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety

Professor Anne Edwards has spent her career in universities, first in England and then in Australia. She held the position of Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University in Adelaide from January 2001 to December 2007, following a period as Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Previously she was at Monash University in Melbourne for many years. Professor Edwards is a sociologist and has authored a number of journal articles, research papers, reports and conference papers and has produced three books.  Her research interests cover social policy, the state, power and social control, social inequality, gender and women’s issues, ageing and youth and she has been a consultant in the human services sector. She has worked in various capacities to advance the interests of women – within universities, as a Foundation Trustee of the South Australian Women’s Trust, and as Co-Convenor of the South Australian Premier’s Council for Women. Professor Edwards is currently the inaugural Chair of Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) established in 2013 as the National Centre of Excellence to reduce violence against women and their children. Professor Edwards holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a PhD in sociology from the University of London and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Emma Fulu, Technical Lead, What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls, South African Medical Research Council 

Emma Fulu has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and works at the South African Medical Research Council as the Lead on What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls. What Works is a UK-funded global programme investing an unprecedented £25 million over 5 years to the prevention of violence against women and girls. Itsupports primary prevention efforts across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, that seek to understand and address the underlying causes of violence to stop it before it starts. Previously Emma was the Research Coordinator at Partners for Prevention, a joint UN Programme and the Principal Investigator for the UN Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence. This study included research with more than 13,000 men and women across seven countries in Asia-Pacific exploring the connections between masculinities, gender, and power to enhance violence prevention interventions. Emma has led research on GBV in the Maldives, Solomon Islands and Kiribati and acted as an advisor to the UN and WHO on these issues. Emma is the author of the book Domestic Violence in Asia: Globalization, Gender and Islam in the Maldives, a number of journal articles and blogs for the Huffington Post on gender and violence.

Cathy Humphreys, Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne

Cathy Humphreys is Professor of Social Work at University of Melbourne, a professorship established by the Alfred Felton Trust with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and supported by a collaboration with Victorian community sector organisations interested in research in the children, youth and families area. Her research in the domestic violence area includes projects on: substance use; mental health; child abuse; multiagency working and reform. A three year action research project, Talking To My Mum developed activity books to strengthen the mother-child relationship. More recently research projects have focused on the domestic violence policy reform in Victoria, Australia; and the development of differential pathways to services for children living with family violence. Engaging men who use violence in relation to their fathering is a new ARC program of research. She has published more than 65 refereed journal articles including a recently published book with Lesley Laing and Kate Cavanagh: Domestic Violence and Social Work, Critical and Reflective Practice, Sage, London, 2013.

Brigid Inder OBE, Executive Director, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, and Special Advisor on Gender to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court 

Brigid Inder is the founding Executive Director of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, an international women’s human rights organisation with more than 6,000 grassroots members that advocates for justice through the International Criminal Court (ICC), domestic mechanisms and formal peace talk processes. In 2012, Brigid was appointed as the Special Gender Advisor to the Prosecutor of the ICC. She is internationally recognised as a leading voice in the field of gender justice and as an expert on gender issues for more than 25 years. Brigid has been involved in numerous global negotiations on women’s rights within the United Nations and has worked with women and local communities affected by the armed conflicts and other situations under investigation by the ICC for more than a decade. Brigid serves on the international Board of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative, chaired by William Hague and Angelina Jolie.  In June 2014, Brigid was awarded an OBE by the Queen of England for her services to women’s rights and international justice.

Kaofeng Lee, Deputy Director, Safety Net Project, National Network to End Domestic Violence

Kaofeng Lee is a Deputy Director of the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) in the United States. Kaofeng advocates on behalf of survivors of interpersonal violence by educating others on how technology can be misused to stalk and harass. She also provides trainings, resources, and other technical assistance to increase the knowledge and capacity of victim’s advocates so they can help those in need. Before joining NNEDV, Kaofeng was a bilingual advocate for a local domestic violence program, edited for a publications and design agency, and provided project management for a top 5 accounting firm, where she learned that listening is most important, the Oxford comma should be king, and obsessing over details is totally okay. Kaofeng has a Masters in International Relations from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication from Iowa State University.

Aunty Millie Ingram, Elder with the Wyanga Aboriginal Elders Group, Redfern

Millie was born and raised on an Aboriginal reserve called Erambie, in Wiradjuri country (Cowra) in central New South Wales. She has worked in Aboriginal affairs all of her adult life at a community level and in government, and is a recognised Elder in the inner city of Sydney area. She has lived and worked for more than 50 years in and around the Redfern area, working in childcare, education, housing, women’s issues and works closely with government on reconciliation. Millie is a member of Wyanga Aboriginal Aged Care Program in Redfern and was Wyanga’s CEO for nine years, retiring in 2013. She is now Treasurer of Wyanga having been elected to the Board in December 2013 and is still very busy working in the community. She is also a member of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and a former member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing. Millie received a commonwealth bicentenary award in 2001 from former Prime Minister John Howard for her services to the community. In November 2014, Millie gave the Welcome to Country at the Memorial Service for the late Gough Whitlam, former Prime Minister of Australia.

Jill Jolliffe, award-winning journalist, author, film-maker and political activist

Jill Jolliffe published her first book, East Timor: Nationalism & Colonialism, in 1978 and soon afterwards moved to Portugal, where she based herself as a freelance correspondent, working for a range of media companies. On her return to Australia in 1999, she wrote extensively for the Fairfax press, returning to East Timor to cover its emergence from the horrors of military occupation and founding The Living Memory Project, a video archive project recording the stories of torture survivors. In 1998, she received a Logie Award for her role in a special eyewitness report on the murder in East Timor of the five Australian journalists known as The Balibo Five, and her 2001 book, Cover-Up: the Inside Story of the Balibo Five, was later made into the 2009 film Balibo. In 2004, Jill was granted a fellowship by Varuna, the Writer’s House, to complete the manuscript of Finding Santana, which was published in 2010. Her most recent book is Run For Your Life: a memoir published by Melbourne’s Affirm Press in 2014. Jill has a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from Monash University, and has lectured and tutored in Publishing and Editing in the School of Humanities at Flinders University.

Kristin Kalla, Senior Programme Officer, Trust Fund for Victims, International Criminal Court 

Kristin Kalla is the Senior Programme Officer at the Trust Fund for Victims, which supports the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to ensure justice, and restore dignity for survivors of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity through the provision of rehabilitation assistance and reparations. Over the last eight years, Ms. Kalla has been overseeing the technical responses, programmes, and field operations in northern Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic, including providing leadership toward gender-sensitive and inclusive responses. She is a senior executive with a standout record of contribution in public sector and non-profit leadership for humanitarian, development, human rights and public health efforts in over 20 countries in conflict and post-conflict situations – primarily in Africa. Ms. Kalla has over 25 years of experience as a trained public health anthropologist focusing on social justice, gender and reproductive health issues with degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in African Studies (MA) and Public Health (MPH). In 2014, she was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Liz Kelly CBE, Professor of Sexualised Violence, London Metropolitan University and Director, Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit

Liz Kelly is a feminist researcher and activist who has worked in the field of violence against women and children for 40 years. She is the author of Surviving Sexual Violence, and many book chapters, journal articles and research reports. In 2000, Liz was appointed Professor of Sexualised Violence at London Metropolitan University and in 2006, she was appointed Roddick Chair of Violence Against Women. She is currently co-chair of the End Violence Against Women coalition and director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University, which is recognised as one of the world leading research centres on violence against women. The Unit has completed over 100 research projects and is known for making connections between forms of gender-based violence, and between violence against women and abuse of children. Recently completed studies include: how young people understand sexual consent; the evaluation of Domestic Violence Protection orders; how women rebuild their lives after contacting specialised services; and the contribution of perpetrator programmes to co-ordinated community responses.

Jane Koziol-McLain, Professor, and Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Research, Auckland University of Technology 

Professor Jane Koziol-McLain leads a family violence research programme at the Auckland University of Technology Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Research. Her work focuses on improving the health system response to violence against women and children. As an implementing partner for UNFPA, she leads a team working to strengthen the health system response to violence against women in Pacific Island countries (includes Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, Republic of Marshall Islands). Other projects include a randomised controlled trial testing the effectiveness of an interactive internet-based safety decision-aid for abused women and evaluation of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Violence Intervention Programme in District Health Boards. 

Amy Luinstra, Senior Operations Officer – Gender, East Asia Pacific, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) 

Ms. Luinstra is a Senior Operations Officer responsible for gender programs across East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) at the International Financial Corporation, part of the World Bank Group. Serving in this role from IFC’s Sydney office as of January 2014, Ms. Luinstra leads activities aimed at improving economic empowerment of women in the Pacific as well as gender components of agribusiness projects throughout East Asia. Prior to this, Mr. Luinstra served as the Head of Policy and Research for the Better Work program, a partnership between IFC and the International Labour Organization (ILO) aimed at improving working conditions in the global apparel supply chain. Ms. Luinstra previously worked at the ILO in Geneva and before that as a social protection and labor policy specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC.

Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, and Professor, Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town

Rashida Manjoo holds the position of United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, a post she was appointed to in 2009 by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). She is a Professor in the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and the co-convenor of the Human Rights Program. Professor Manjoo has over three decades of experience in social justice and human rights work both in South Africa and abroad. Her research interests include human rights broadly with a particular focus on women’s human rights. Her UN work over the last five years has included monitoring and reporting on States’ compliance in responding to and preventing violence against women, its causes and consequences, both generally and in different country contexts. Her thematic reports to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly have included a particular focus on state responsibility to act with due diligence in the quest to eliminate violence against women. She has particularly highlighted the interaction of interpersonal, institutional and structural violence, and she advocates a holistic approach to gender-based violence that centers on the interdependence and indivisibility of human rights. 

Ludo McFerran, Adjunct Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, and Manager, ‘Safe at Home, Safe at Work’ Program, Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW

Ludo McFerran has been an activist in the Australian domestic violence sector since 1978. She has worked in most aspects of the sector and chaired the national peak body. She pioneered policy on support systems to enable women and children to stay safely in their homes and the introduction of domestic violence clauses in industrial and discrimination instruments. Ludo is a foundation member of the international domestic violence and work network, contributing to an ILO-proposed GBV international labour standard that would include domestic violence. For the Gendered Violence Research Network at UNSW, she is currently working on a domestic violence and work survey in the Philippines with the International Trade Union Confederation, and an Australian survey of employers on the implementation of domestic violence clauses. Ludo is also a farmer and in a previous life was a saxophone player in a chart-topping rock band.

Adele Murdolo, Executive Director, Multicultural Centre for Women's Health 

Dr Adele Murdolo is the Executive Director of the Multicultural Centre for Women's Health, a national advocacy, research and health promotion agency, promoting the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women. Adele holds a PhD in women’s studies and history. She has a research and advocacy interest in immigrant and refugee women’s political activity and identity, sexual and reproductive health, immigration detention and violence against women.

Heather Nancarrow, Chief Executive Officer, (ANROWS) Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety

Heather Nancarrow is the Chief Executive Officer of Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS). Heather has worked for more than 30 years towards ending violence against women, including her work in counselling and support services, government policy, research and professional development. She has held many leadership roles at the state and national level including Director of the Queensland Government’s Domestic Violence Policy Unit; Chair of Queensland’s ministerial advisory body on domestic and family violence; and Deputy Chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, which produced Time for Action, the blueprint for Australia’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. Prior to her appointment to ANROWS, Heather was the foundation Director of the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research and held that position for eleven years. In that role, she established Queensland’s annual Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum, which commenced in 2004. She has a Master of Arts (1st Class Honours) in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Heather’s primary research interests are justice responses to intimate partner and family violence, particularly as they relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Keerty Nakray, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School, NCR Delhi 

Keerty Nakray is currently with Jindal Global Law School, NCR Delhi, Haryana, India. Her recent edited book titled “Gender Based Violence and Public Health: International Perspectives on Budgets and Policies” published by Routledge, London encapsulates some of the latest debates on the theoretical and empirical advances in the understanding of gender based violence as a public health issue in developing economies. She is currently undertaking community based research on gender and health policy and she maintains a keen interest in research ethics and establishing linkages between academic research and policy. Dr. Nakray holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is currently the Book Reviews Editor of Journal of South Asian Development and she also serves on the editorial board of Journal of Gender Studies.

Julie Oberin, National Chair of WESNET (Women’s Services Network) and AWAVA (Australian Women Against Violence Alliance)

Julie Oberin is the National Chair of the WESNET (Women’s Services Network) National Committee which is the National peak body for domestic and family violence services across Australia.  She is also the Chair of AWAVA, the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance, which is auspiced by WESNET; a founding member and current national Executive Board member of Homelessness Australia; Chair of the Loddon Campaspe Family Violence Advisory Committee; Regional Chair delegate on the Victorian Statewide Family Violence Forum; Board member of the Centre for Non-Violence in central Victoria, and Australian interim Board member of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters. Julie is the CEO of Annie North Women’s Refuge and Domestic Violence Service in Bendigo in regional Victoria.  She has worked in the domestic and family violence sector for 24 years, is a key informant for researchers on the area and has participated in high level government advisory groups for the past 17 years. Julie has published, delivered conference papers nationally and internationally on domestic and family violence and homelessness, and undertaken important research on women’s domestic and family violence services across Australia.  She has taught at La Trobe University and is an experienced practitioner both working with women and children who have experienced violence, and also with men who have used violence against family members.  Julie manages WESNET’s Safety Net Australia ‘tech safety’ project.

Indira Rosenthal, Consultant on Gender and International Justice Adviser, Law and Policy Programme, Amnesty International, International Secretariat 

Indira Rosenthal is an Australian lawyer with expertise in gender and international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law. She has worked both in government (Australia) and with international NGO’s, including Human Rights Watch, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London. She has extensive experience in the application of these areas of law to strategic human rights research and campaigning. She has also worked with governments and parliaments in a number of regions, including in Asia-Pacific, on implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, including law reform to criminalise all forms of sexual and gender-based violence under the Statute. In 2014, Indira was a visiting scholar at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School, and she has been a consultant adviser on gender and international justice law and policy with Amnesty for the past four years. Projects for Amnesty have included research on long-term human rights implications for survivors of sexual and gender-based crimes in Bosnia-Herzegovina, developing gender-sensitive research methodology guidelines, advising researchers on sexual violence in Syria, and working with the UK government on its international Prevention of Sexual Violence Initiative.

Elizabeth Sheehy, Vice-Dean Research, Professor, and Shirley Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa 

Elizabeth Sheehy, LL.B., LL.M., LL.D. (Honoris causa), FRSC, is Vice-Dean Research and Shirley Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. She teaches Criminal Law and Procedure, Sexual Assault Law, and Defending Battered Women on Trial. She was co-counsel for the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) in its intervention in R v JA (“advance consent” to sexual assault) (2011 SCC 28) and has participated in the legal work for many ground-breaking cases including the Jane Doe litigation (ONCJ 1998) and the legal intervention by Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter in Mooney v AG of BC (BCCA 2004). Professor Sheehy sits on the University’s Task Force on Respect and Equality (“Rape Culture”) and the Advisory Board for Informed Opinions (a national organization dedicated to including women’s expert voices in Canadian public discourse). She contributes regularly to print and radio media analyses and publishes op eds on legal responses to male violence against women. Her research record includes her most recent books: the edited collection Sexual Assault in Canada: Law, Legal Practice and Women’s Activism (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2012) and Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the Transcripts (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014).

Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, and Chair, Our Watch, Australia’s Foundation to End Violence Against Women and their Children

Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja AM, is a high level global advocate for gender equality.  Since her appointment in 2013, she has promoted policies and programs for the empowerment of women and girls, with a focus on the Indo-Pacific region. She is also the founding Chair of Our Watch (Australia’s Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children). Ambassador Stott Despoja works closely with foreign governments, international organisations and civil society to advance women’s leadership, women’s economic empowerment and an end to violence against women and girls. The Ambassador has represented Australia at international meetings such as the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the APEC Women and the Economy Forum, the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women Peace and Security, the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict, the G(irls) 20 Summit and the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children. As a former Senator for South Australia (1995-2008) and former Leader of the Australian Democrats, Ms Stott Despoja is the youngest woman ever to enter the Australian Federal Parliament.

Rebecca Thomforde Hauser, Associate Director, Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management Programs, Center for Court Innovation 

As the Associate Director at the Center for Court Innovation in New York, Ms. Thomforde Hauser assists jurisdictions nationally and in New York State to plan and implement Domestic Violence, Integrated Domestic Violence, Sex Offense and Youthful Offender Domestic Violence Courts. At the Center, she provides training to judges and court stakeholders on a variety of domestic violence issues, facilitates site visits to model courts, and provides on-going technical assistance to courts and stakeholder agencies. Additionally, Ms. Thomforde Hauser is the Batterer Accountability Coordinator for the state of Vermont, overseeing the certification process of batterer intervention programs, providing training and technical assistance to batterer programs, working with the Department of Corrections in Vermont to craft policies and procedures that enhance victim safety and offender accountability, and reporting to Vermont's Council on Domestic Violence. Before coming to the Center, she was a Victim Witness Advocate at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, providing crisis intervention, case management, and court advocacy to domestic violence victims as well as other victims of violent crimes. She graduated from Earlham College, where she received a Fulbright Scholarship, and Boston University School of Theology.