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Emily Maguire

Chief Executive Officer

BA (Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies)

Emily has been a leader in the violence against women sector for more than decade. She has lent her guidance, analysis and voice to the Family Violence Royal Commission, public forums on violence against women and spent years volunteering as an overnight support worker at a women’s refuge.

Her experience includes designing and leading the implementation of programs, initiatives and campaigns with national and Victorian organisations, and holding policy focused roles within the Department of Education and the Office of Women’s Policy. 

Prior to leading DVRCV, Emily worked at Our Watch where she was involved in writing the National Framework to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children. She also designed and led Our Watch’s innovative new Respectful Relationships Education in Schools project being established across over 20 schools in Victoria, and managed a range of other violence prevention initiatives targeting workplaces and capital city local governments. 

In 2014, Emily led the development of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s national workplace sexual harassment campaign, Know Where the Line Is, and has also previously worked at VicHealth where she managed a range of initiatives including the Creating Healthy Workplaces: Y Respect Gender project and VicHealth’s innovative workplace focused Bystander Intervention Pilot Project. 

Emily was one of the leaders of the Prevention of Gender- Based Violence Demonstration Project at CASA House, and has previously worked at DVRCV developing a range of resources for young people, including Sex, Love and Other Stuff, an award winning respectful relationships resource for young men. 

She has written for The Drum, DVRCV Quarterly, and the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse and is a regular presenter and public speaker at a range of violence against women forums as well as the Melbourne Free University where she regularly speaks on issues related to gender and violence. Emily also spent many years volunteering as an overnight support worker at a women’s refuge and on a range of community based projects focusing on violence against women and women’s empowerment. 

Emily has worked within the Office of Women’s Policy at the Department of Health and Human Services and has held a range of positions with the Department of Education and Training, which included a focus on the development of state wide student wellbeing and sexual assault response policies, as well as bush fire psychosocial response and recovery work to support school staff after the Black Saturday bush fires. 

Emily is a Board Director at Respect Victoria, at the Queen Elizabeth Centre and a member of the Family Violence Steering Committee.