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Taking down the walls: Domestic violence seminar for Tasmanian social workers

Published: 27 August 2015

The thinking, knowledge and practice of social workers related to domestic and family violence will be challenged by a new Australian Association of Social Workers seminar that will be held in Campbelltown, Tasmania next Friday.

The seminar will be presented by four well-known family violence experts in Tasmania, Professor Bob Pease, Liz Little, Dr Torna Pitman and Ruth Bamford, and will provide professional social workers and students with insights to domestic and family violence policy, frameworks for understanding violence prevention and strategies for social workers practicing in this area.

Bob Pease is the new Professor of Social Work at the University of Tasmania. He has been involved in pro-feminist politics with men for many years and was a founding member of Men Against Sexual Assault in Melbourne. He has published extensively on masculinity politics and critical social work practice.

Until her retirement recently, Liz Little was the CEO of the Sexual Assault Support Service where she developed practice interests in the use of sexual violence in family violence. She also has professional interests in child protection and will bring to the seminar this expertise along with that gained as the inaugural Tasmanian Sex Discrimination Commissioner and as a consultant with the Department of Justice on the whole-of-government Safe at Home program.

Dr Torna Pitman is a lecturer and researcher within the University of Tasmania’s social work program and Ruth Bamford is the Family Violence Coordinator at CatholicCare Tasmania Family Services. Both have extensive knowledge in the domestic and family violence area.

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is holding the seminar as a professional development opportunity for members who work in or are interested in family violence as part of their social work practice and knowledge.

The AASW represents over 9000 professional social workers, many of whom work on the frontline of family violence. Its members work with communities and individuals to promote wellbeing, human rights and social justice in Australia. Continuing professional development is how members maintain, improve and broaden their skills, knowledge and expertise, and develop the qualities that are required for professional practice.

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