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DVRCV forum: ‘Just Say Goodbye’

DVRCV forum: ‘Just Say Goodbye’

'Just Say Goodbye' was held on Thursday May 31 2012 in Melbourne.

This forum offered an opportunity to hear from the author and other speakers who will explore the implications for children’s safety in the context of separation.

Speakers included University of Melbourne’s Professor Cathy Humphreys, University of South Australia’s Dr Elspeth McInnes, Danny Blay, executive director of No To Violence, and Dr Debbie Kirkwood, DVRCV research officer and author of the discussion paper.

Dr Kirkwood explains the background to the discussion paper and forum:

DVRCV’s research was undertaken in response to a number of recent high profile cases of fathers who killed their children in Victoria. The picture presented in the media about these cases is often that the deaths are inexplicable. We set out to find some explanations for these filicides in order to develop a better understanding of why they occur which is essential for determining ways to prevent further deaths.

The discussion paper outlines national data and international studies on filicide. It highlights the significance of separation and family violence in filicides and gender differences in perpetrators circumstances and motives. The paper describes case examples of fathers and mothers who perpetrate intentional filicides in the context of separation.

The forum will provide an overview of the material in the discussion paper and will explore the implications for practitioners working with parents who have separated from their partner or who are facing pending separation.

Participants will gain an understanding of filicide in the context of parental separation. They will be able to consider warning signs and the implications for working with families.


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Thursday, 31 May 2012 - 9:15am to 1:00pm


Supper Room, Melbourne Town Hall


$50 per participant


Registrations are essential as places are limited.

About DVRCV forums

In addition to our training programs, DVRCV facilitates at least two forums each year to inform service providers across Victoria about current issues in family violence research and practice. Our forums provide a space for experts and practitioners to come together to discuss topics of interest to the family violence and related sectors.

For further details, please contact:

Philippa Bailey
Training Coordinator
Ph. 9486 9866