In 2011, there were 29,684 police-reported incidents of alcohol-related domestic violence, though that alarming figure has just been taken from the data that’s available; the actual figure would be much higher.
Increased community concern and media focus has seen the issue of domestic violence firmly placed on the national agenda for discussion.
It is also on the agenda for the alcohol and drug sector at the upcoming Australian Winter School conference, being held in Brisbane next week.
Experts will examine the well-established relationship between heavy drinking and family and domestic violence and will consider what it means for us as a sector.
For instance, can we work better with Child and Family Welfare, Child Protection and Domestic Violence services to better support affected families in a holistic way?
Increased training for alcohol and other drug workers and system-wide co-ordination would certainly lead to improvements.
The conference will present a series of speakers under the stream: Behind closed doors: putting the spotlight on domestic & family violence.
Stream presentation topics are:
Presented by Ingrid Wilson, a PhD candidate at the Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University.
Presented by Dr Anne-Marie Laslett, a public health research fellow at theNational Drug Research Institute, the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research and Turning Point.
Presented by Professor Ann Roche, Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University.
Tom Corrie, of Torres Strait Islander and Maori descent and was born and raised in Far North Queensland. Currently he is the CEO of the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service.
Registrations for the Australian Winter School, held next week over July 22-24, Brisbane Sofitel Hotel, are still open. The conference is presented by Lives Lived Well along with its presenting partner, the Queensland Mental Health Commission.
For more information visit www.winterschool.org.au