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2018 PACCOA Conference

Lacey Schaefer - Environmental Corrections

Dr Anna Erikson & James Brennan - Transformative Justice

Ken McMaster - Looking Back to Look Forward

Dr Jarrod Gilbert - The Hisotry of Gangs in New Zealand

Laura Sewell - COMMIT Program

Dr Danielle Arlanda Harris - Strategies Men Use to Stop Sexually Offending

2016 PACCOA Conference

Keynote speaker Day One - Allan Wade​

Allan is best known for developing Response-Based Practice, with Linda Coates and Nick Todd. Response-Based Practice is a method of individual and family therapy, a framework for research and analysis, and a guide for diverse practice settings where violence is at issue; including criminal justice, therapy with adults and children, child protection, prevention, education, victim assistance, community coordination, and family law. Allan has published numerous articles and chapters on research and practice, which can be viewed at the Centre for Response-Based Practice website.

Keynote Speaker Day Two - Anthony Fletcher

Tony Fletcher has 20 years’ experience working with men who have been using violence to women and children. This has also included working with men who have been subjected to child sexual abuse. Tony has had a leadership role in the development of a custodial and community based treatment program for FDV perpetrators. This includes the ongoing training and professional supervision of Corrective Services FDV perpetrator intervention practitioners.

Special Guests

From left to right: Violet Sheridan - Welcome to Country; Don Taylor, A/Executive Director ACT Corrective Services; Laurie Columb, PACCOA President; David Matthews, Interim Co-ordinator General for Family Safety

Dr Phillip Birch - Informing Assessment, Informing Treatment

Exploring factors of LGBTI Domestic and Family Violence​


Prior to entering academia Philip worked as a criminologist in the field holding posts in the UK prison service as well as in the crime and disorder field, which involved managing a specialist crime unit. 

Jason Hainsworth: Reducing Violence or Adhering to Ideology

Perpetuation of gender stereotypes in domestic violence strategy


Jason Hainsworth commenced with corrections as a probation and parole officer in 2004 after completing studies in Criminology and Psychology. He completed a Master of Criminology in 2011, including a thesis on the role of gender in the NSW approach to domestic violence.

Graeme Pearce: Wangkara Kulini Wanti Waltja Punganyi

Between 2004 and 2007  Graeme Pearce initiated and managed the Indigenous Family Violence Offender Program in the Northern Territory before resigning accepting a 2 year contract with the challenge of implementing and delivering family violence programs in the 500,000 square kilometres of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands of Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory. Come 2016 and Graeme continues his work within the Cross Borders Programs successfully delivering family violence programs to Aboriginal men in 13 different communities in the NPY Lands.

Chris Blatch - Evaluation of Recidivism

and Evaluation of Recidivism for Indigenous Men


The Domestic Abuse Program (DAP) was awarded an Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award in 2012 and was published this year in the Journal of Aggression, Conflict & Peace Research. A study evaluating the effectiveness of the DAP for Indigenous offenders is awaiting publication in the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Research and Public Policy Issues Bulletin. Chris Blatch's prime research interests are program effectiveness, risk, recidivism and program cost benefits.

Heather Nancarrow - Holding Perpertrators to Account

Strengthening Evidence for Policy and Practice 


Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS) is an independent, not-for-profit company established as an initiative under Australia’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan).  Heather has 30 years’ experience working on the prevention of violence against women, including direct service provision, policy and legislation, research and professional development.​​

Michelle Micallef - Self Care

Self care is about taking the time to do what you need, as an individual, to look after yourself. This is an individual choice regarding what activities you can do to take care of yourself and your interests. At PACCOA we strongly encourage each of you to find out what activities help keep you feeling relaxed and happy and actively engage in these activities each and every day. 

If you would like to view specific conference presentations prior to 2016, please contact us, and we will provide a link to the recording if available.