Monday 13th September


Mark O’Hare – Operations Manager Stopping Family Violence

Mark O’Hare is the Operations Manager at SFV and has a wealth of experience in working in Mens Behaviour Change Programs, Violent Offender Treatment Programs, Sex Offender Treatment Programs and working with Men with AOD issues. Previous to working in the FDV sector, Mark has facilitated Drug and Alcohol group programs, and specialised in mens groups and working with adolescents who use substances. Mark has held a number of positions in government including a specialised FDV Coordinator and consultant role with Department of Justice which involved providing specialist FDV consultancy to the Department and supporting community based MBCPs.

Additionally, Mark has direct experience case managing offenders in prison and community and has worked in high level managerial and leadership positions in government overseeing the delivery of criminogenic programs for offenders in WA prison and community settings. Mark’s work with SFV has involved extensive consultation and training across WA to support FDV Informed practice and collaborative work across systems. Mark sits on a number of FDV related advisory groups and steering committees and has engaged as a key research officer in the ANROWS Invisible Practices Project. Mark has practiced in these areas as a Social Worker for more than 20 years and also has experience as a sessional academic within the School of Social Work at Curtin University. Mark is a fully certified Trainer in the Safe & Together Model and has since delivered the training to most states and territories across Australia. Mark also recently facilitated the first 10 week FDV early intervention program to ‘at risk’ year 11 and 12 students.

Darcee Schulze, Researcher Curtin University

Darcee Schulze is a social worker and works as a research officer and sessional academic at Curtin University. She has been involved in a number of studies on family and domestic violence, including projects focusing on economic abuse, technology-facilitated abuse, and safety and reunification in the context of family and domestic violence. Darcee is passionate about raising awareness and enhancing responses to improve the outcomes for victim/survivors of family and domestic violence.


FDV Informed Work with Children & Young People: 



Over the past few decades, a great deal of progress has been made in developing our understanding of the many and complex ways that perpetrators of family and domestic violence harm their partners and family members.  However, much of this work has largely focused on the adult relationships and beyond the physical and sexual abuse of children much of the impact on children is often undervalued and minimised.  Comments such as ‘the child/ren were not home so were not harmed’ remain commonplace and this is compounded by low expectations of men as fathers and beliefs that ‘despite his violence he is still a good dad’.  Furthermore, the physical nature of much of the reporting around impacts on children simply requires the system to remove the perpetrator to remove the risk despite the evidence that perpetrators continue to impact the vast majority of children post separation.

Themes Discussed

What does FDV Informed work look like with young people beyond Respectful Relationships

When does a young person go from being a child victim survivior to a perpetrator?

What are the considerations and how can we intervene earlier?


Child-centred family and domestic violence practice

This section of the workshop will focuses on the impacts of family and domestic violence on the child. It will examine what safety means in the context of family and domestic violence, including safety from the child’s perspective. It will also explore ways that services can respond to family and domestic violence with the child in focus.

Our Morning will be spent  exploring what services are currently doing to support safety for children and young people.

After lunch we will focus on what that means in practice – what can and can’t you do in the context of your own service

Late afternoon will invite participants to come on a ‘journey’ and consider the plethora of messages and experiences that both boys and girls receive from their world that may ultimately contribute to themselves experiencing and/or perpetrating FDV themselves.