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Rosie Batty to join Victorian social workers at AASW’s World Social Work Day celebrations

Published: 17 March 2017

Prominent family violence campaigner and founder, director and CEO of the Luke Batty Foundation, Ms Rosie Batty, will address 130 social workers at an AASW World Social Work Day breakfast next Tuesday.

Ms Batty’s presentation, hosted by the AASW’s Victorian Branch, will explore Social work and family violence: Inroads into cultural and structural changes.

Branch President, Glenda Kerridge, says many AASW members in Victoria work with individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by family violence.

“We are delighted that Rosie Batty has acknowledged the critical role that social workers play in addressing family violence. I know that our members will gain a great deal from her insights and experience at the World Social Work Day breakfast,” said Ms. Kerridge.

AASW Victoria’s Social Work Family Violence Practice Group convener and AASW National AASW Vice President, Christine Craik, added that social workers have always been at the frontline of family violence work.

“The AASW’s practice group is very involved in rolling out many of the recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, including leading a project to develop family violence specialisation among social work graduates, and ensuring that understanding issues of gender, power and coercive control remain central to social work education,” Ms Craik said.

World Social Work Day is an opportunity for social workers and others to come together to celebrate the achievements of the social work profession and reflect upon the challenges ahead.

“Social workers can really make a difference and are committed to a more socially-just Australia,” said Ms Kerridge.

The Victorian Branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers represents over 2,600 professional social workers. Nationally, the AASW represents more than 9,000 members.

More information about World Social Work Day is available on the AASW website.

To organise an interview with Glenda Kerridge or Christine Craik, please contact Emma Pegrum, Media and Marketing Manager, on 02 6199 5011 or 0408 200 191. Journalists are welcome to attend the event.

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