We can fight violence against women. We've seen an incredible improvement in the way in which media reports on violence against women - now it is time to begin a conversation that challenges some of the deeply held and longtime cultural norms we hold.
CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria
Fiona is the CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria, the peak body for family violence services for women and children in Victoria.
DV Vic provides advice to government and political advocacy on behalf of, and in partnership with its member organisations for violence prevention, systemic change and enhancement of systems.
Fiona is the Chair of VicHealth and the Co-Chair of the Victorian Government’s Family Violence Steering Committee.
Fiona also represents the family violence sector on statewide and Ministerial committees relative to improved outcomes for women and children experiencing family violence.
Highlights of her work have included presenting in China and Vietnam with the Human Rights Commission, presenting alongside the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture on the applicability of the convention to family violence, acting as an expert witness to coronial inquests into family violence related deaths and the Royal Commission in to Family Violence and presenting to the UN Commission on the Status of Women NGO parallel event on responses to violence against women.
Most recently Fiona presented at the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in Dublin on the vital role of media in the changing of perceptions towards violence against women and children.
Fiona’s holds a Master in Education with a specialisation in Leadership, Policy and Change and has a strong background is in social sciences.