Monday 19 July, 2021

Pilbara Family and Domestic Violence Network (PFDVN) is hosting a sold out conference in Karratha on Thursday 22nd July to come together and workshop solutions to some of the problems that communities across the Pilbara are facing.

Investigative journalist and author of ‘See what you made me do‘, Jess Hill, will speak to conference participants alongside Professor Donna Chung from Curtin University, and Professor Victoria Hovane from the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia.

Pilbara Manager of the WA Council of Social Service, Celeste Stephens said:

“This conference is a really exciting opportunity for all of our stakeholders across the Pilbara to come together and workshop solutions to some of the problems that their communities are facing,” Ms Stephens said.

“After such a tumultuous year with COVID-19 impacting travel across the region and especially into many of our remote communities, it’s really important and powerful that we can all get together in the one space.

“By the end of the day we hope to have fostered improved local connections and increased knowledge and understanding of the drivers of FDV in our region, as well as to have a clear path forward in terms of how our service providers can better work together to implement local, place-based solutions

“With greater collaboration amongst our diverse stakeholders from across the Pilbara, we can address the underlying causes of family and domestic violence and work with community to empower them with sustainable solutions.

“We are grateful for BHP’s continued support which has enabled us to deliver this important conference to the Pilbara community.”

Chris Cottier, Manager Community WA, BHP said:

“The Pilbara Family Domestic Violence Network promotes collaboration across the sector to improve family and domestic violence outcomes in the Pilbara,” Mr Cottier said.

“Seeing the event has sold out is a testament to the PFDVN’s inclusive localised approach and we are proud to support this fantastic opportunity for the network to come together in person for the first time.”

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