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Family Violence and Behavioural Management

Speakers: Kate Mooney SC, Barrister and Jack Dalby

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CPD Guide: 1.5 (PS, SL)

Delivered on 20 March 2020


In addition to outlining the law in the area of family violence, this session will focus on some of the behaviours that are experienced when working in this space. This will include insights from social workers on some of the behaviours and observations seen in their client work.  Specifically, what coercion and control can look like and how it might present and introduce the concept of systems abuse and how the system can be used to further perpetuate abuse.

The ALRC Report, released in April 2019, proposed in Recommendation 52 that legal practitioners undertaking family law work annually complete a unit of CPD relating to family violence. This session will go some way towards meeting this objective.

Please join the Society at this seminar and enjoy a light lunch while you learn.


Session outline:

Kate Mooney SC

  • Idefinition of family violence.
  • Discussion of the Family Violence Best Practice Principles, Edition 4 December 2016.
  • Consequences of family violence - drawn from the case law and Kate's 27 years of experience.
  • What can the court do about family violence.
  • What evidence works best in court.

Jack Dalby

  • Family violence from the inside - beyond 'violence'; abusive and controlling behaviour; how perpetrators think; system/3rd party abuse and how perpetrators use the legal system to punish their victims. 
  • Reflections from outside the system.
  • Working with men who chose to use violence, experience and learnings including what abusive behaviour may look like drawn from his experience.
  • Assessment tools used.
  • Safety concerns when working with victims of abuse and control - things to think about.




Kate Mooney SC, barrister, will be joined by Jack Dalby to present this material.



Jack Dalby

Jack has over fifteen years experience as a counsellor and project manager in the community and human services. His main areas of clinical practice are working with men and women impacted by or using family and domestic violence, survivors of child abuse and neglect, complex PTSD, and borderline personality disorder. He has worked closely with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and established the Royal Commission Support Service to support survivors of institutional abuse in Canberra in 2013. He helped develop and wrote the manual for Relationships Australia Tasmania's family violence behaviour change programme, MENS (Men Engaging New Strategies).

Now in private practice, Jack provides relationship coaching to couples experiencing conflict or struggling with family violence. He has particular expertise in helping men develop tools to change controlling and abusive behaviour and be safer in relationships.

Jack also has expertise in programme development, strategic planning for small organisations, outcome measurement, policy and procedure development and integration, and the design of therapeutic and psychoeducational groups.He is an experienced researcher in the fields of gender-based violence, trauma, and child abuse and neglect.



$88.00 ex GST