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Culturally and linguistically diverse women in domestic and family violence are invisible at worst, blurry at best, and at the intersection of the factors that inspire the violence.

Nafiseh Ghafoumia & Patricia Eastel, 2018

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Migrants and refugees experience additional layers of complexity when faced with domestic and family violence.

Join us for the panel discussion Unpacking the invisible and hear why some of Australia’s most vulnerable domestic violence survivors continue to fall through the gaps.

The Hon. Mark Speakman MP SC, Attorney General, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, will provide the opening address and Ms Trish Doyle MP, Shadow Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, will provide a response to the panel. .

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session and catered refreshments.

Registration is free, but essential.

Our panel

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Facilitator: Nicola Berkovic

Nicola Berkovic is The Australian’s legal affairs correspondent. She has been a reporter at the newspaper since 2007 and is the recipient of several awards, including the federal parliamentary press gallery’s journalist of the year in 2010, a NSW Kennedy award for court reporting, as well as an Our Watch award, administered by the Walkley Foundation, for reporting on domestic violence.

Maria Dimopoulos

Maria Dimopoulos is internationally recognised as an expert specialising in the intersections of diversity, gender equality and the law. She has had extensive experience in policy formulation for the government sector, research for social planning and in community education. Maria’s collaborative approach to working across sectors and within diverse immigrant communities has made significant contributions to the design and delivery of violence prevention strategies that recognise the complex dynamics of violence against different groups of women, including those who are newly-arrived, from well-established communities, in precarious employment, or from visible minority groups. Maria is also the Deputy Commissioner of the Multicultural Commission Victoria.

Juliana Nkrumah AM

Juliana Nkrumah, the DFV Project Manager at SSI, was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia in the General Division for her work with women in Australia. For over 10 years Juliana coordinated the NSW Police Force’s Multicultural Community Liaison Officer Program. She led NSW and Australia’s work on female genital mutilation (FGM) for 11 years and continues to maintain subject matter expertise on this cultural practice and its impact on communities in diaspora. Her passion for centring the voices of African women in relevant discourses led her to found African Women Australia. She has served on boards to improve the status of women, including YWCA Australia, Australian National Committee on Refugee Women, Act for Peace, African Ministerial Committee, and the Eminent Australians Committee that reviewed the Australian Citizenship Test. Juliana has also been awarded the title Woman of The West and has received a Zest Award. She is a recognised public speaker.

Pallavi Sinha

Pallavi Sinha is a multi-award winning lawyer, academic, notary public, who was selected in the prestigious AFR and Westpac 100 Women of Influence. She has worked in the private, public and community sector, including as Executive Officer at the Migration Institute of Australia. In her early days as a registered migration agent, Pallavi often encountered survivors of DFV. Ever since, she has worked with community groups, the media and politicians at state and federal level for positive change for individuals affected by domestic violence, particularly those from culturally diverse backgrounds. Pallavi has been a strong advocate over the years on many DFV issues and participated in federal and state campaigns against DFV. As Founder and Principal of Lawyers with Solutions she has represented survivors of DFV and her opinion pieces have been widely published, including by the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC and SBS.

Dr Heather Nancarrow

Dr Heather Nancarrow is the CEO of Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS). For more than 35 years, Heather has worked to address violence against women, including in community services and advocacy, government policy, and research. She has held many leadership roles at the state and national level, including Deputy Chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, which produced Time for Action, the blue-print for COAG’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Amani Haydar

Amani is an artist, lawyer and writer. She lost her mum, Salwa Haydar, to domestic violence in March 2015. Amani’s father was convicted of murder in 2017. Since the loss of her mother and her father’s conviction, Amani has used her legal and creative skills to address violence against women. Amani was a finalist in the 2018 Archibald Prize for her self-portrait titled Insert Headline Here, which tells the story of three generations of women in her family. In 2019 she received the Law Society of NSW Just Art Artists’ Choice Award and produced three exhibitions. Amani’s latest exhibition highlights the number of women who lost their lives to violence in 2019. Amani is a current Finalist for the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award.

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