NIFVS is not a crisis response service – if in immediate danger phone 000 or Get Help
Northern Integrated Family
Violence Services Partnership
For professionals supporting the
safety of victim survivors in Melbourne's
northern metropolitan region

Our Trainers

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Ada Conroy

Workforce Development Coordinator

Ada has worked in women’s family violence services for over 20 years in outreach, case work, crisis response, counselling, refuge and training roles. Ada is also an experienced men’s behaviour change practitioner. As part of the NIFVS team, Ada currently designs and delivers training, facilitates communities of practice, runs forums and provides consultation on effective family violence response to organisations in the northern metropolitan region (NMR).

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Jac Dwyer

Sessional Trainer

Jac has worked in community organisations for over 10 years supporting individuals and families in justice, health, homelessness and family violence programs. Currently, Jac is a Senior Supervisory Specialist Family Violence worker at Berry Street’s Northern Specialist Family Violence Service, supporting victim survivors to navigate the service system and promote their own and their families safety and recovery from family violence. Jac has a keen interest in supporting other services that respond to family violence.

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Lani Pereira

Sessional Trainer

Lani has worked in the human services sector for over 15 years with experience in youth work, homelessness, settlement services, governance, Bush Adventure Therapy and the family violence sector. Currently, a Senior Specialist Supervisory Family Violence Practitioner with Berry Street, Lani is excited to combine her passion to support systems to work more effectively to make an impact in reducing family violence, with her love of facilitating groups.

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Charelle Jackson

Sessional Trainer

Charelle is a Proud Yorta Yorta and Gunditjmara woman who has worked in the Aboriginal community within the homelessness/family violence sector, including in refuges. Charelle was previously the Coordinator of a family violence outreach team at Elizabeth Morgan House. She strives to empower and meet the needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities; and through co-facilitating and public speaking to effectively advocate to mainstream services to understand, respond appropriately and safely to the community.

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Sharon Simon

Sessional Trainer

Sharon is an Industry Fellow at RMIT and is currently co-developing and teaching RMIT’s Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence. Previously, she has coordinated the Domestic Violence Resource Centre’s Partners in Prevention Network, established place-based prevention of violence against women projects in community health, supported schools in North East Melbourne to deliver the Respectful Relationships Program and managed the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence project at Peter Mac.

Genine Clements

Sessional Trainer

Genine Clements has worked across the north for the past nine years at Anglicare Victoria with families in case management, Family Services and in group work supporting the experiences of parents, children and victim survivors. She currently works at Maribyrnong Council within the Community Strengthening team, supporting responses to family violence locally. Genine is a strong believer of prioritising care and kindness when working with individuals and communities and how this ethic can continue to inform our broader systemic responses to family violence.

Kate Constance

Sessional Trainer

Kate has over 20 years’ experience in the human services sector working in roles such as counselling, outreach, case management, crisis response, and group facilitation.  Most recently in the role of Specialist Family Violence Advisor in the AOD sector, Kate brings her knowledge of working directly within the non-specialist family violence sector in embedding the MARAM framework, supporting clinicians to broaden their family violence awareness and risk management skills.

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Rodney Vlais

Consulting Trainer – Resisting Collusion with Male Perpetrators

Rodney is a trainer, writer, researcher and policy advisor in family violence perpetrator interventions, and in broader efforts towards accountability for the harm men cause through gender-based violence and oppression. He consults to NGOs and governments across Australia and has considerable experience as a men’s behaviour change program practitioner.