Invited speakers

Claudia Garcia-Moreno MD, MSc

Coordinator, Rights, Sexual Health and Adolescence, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Claudia Garcia-Moreno is a physician from Mexico with a Masters (MSc) in community medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has worked extensively in public health and global health policy, with a focus on women's health, including sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. She is currently in WHO's Department of Reproductive Health and Research where she leads WHO's work on violence against women. She coordinated the WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women and the WHO Clinical and Policy Guidelines Responding to Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence against Women, is a founder of, and chaired, the Sexual Violence Research Initiative and is a member of the FIGO Working Group on Gender-based Violence.

Jacquelyn Campbell PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor and Anna D. Wolf Chair, National Program Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, USA

Jacquelyn Campbell is a national leader in research and advocacy in the field of domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV). She has authored or co-authored more than 230 publications and seven books on violence and health outcomes. Her studies paved the way for a growing body of interdisciplinary investigations by researchers in the disciplines of nursing, medicine, and public health. Her expertise is frequently sought by national and international policy makers in exploring IPV and its health effects on families and communities. As a nurse educator and mentor, Dr. Campbell leads by example in inspiring new generations of nurse researchers. Elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2000, Dr. Campbell also was the Institute of Medicine/American Academy of Nursing/American Nurses' Foundation Senior Scholar in Residence and was founding co-chair of the IOM Forum on the Prevention of Global Violence. She is on the Board of Directors for Futures Without Violence, is an active member of the Johns Hopkins Women's Health Research Group, and has served on the boards of the House of Ruth Battered Women's Shelter and four other shelters. She was a member of the congressionally appointed U.S. Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence.

Jane Koziol-McLain PhD, RN

Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Jane Koziol-McLain is Professor/Director at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Research in the School for Clinical Sciences at the Auckland University of Technology. She is a nurse researcher who has championed the development of health systems to deliver sensitive, safe and effective care for women, children and families impacted by family violence. Working across health disciplines and in collaboration with clinical settings, community and government organisations, and partnering with Māori, she has led teams testing the effectiveness of a brief intimate partner violence screening intervention, evaluating the Ministry of Health Violence Intervention Programme in New Zealand and strengthening the health response to violence against women and children in Pacific Island countries. Her current work includes investigating eHealth resources to improve safety and well-being of women exposed to intimate partner violence and to promote healthy relationships in young people. She received the Excellence in Research award from the Nurses Network on Violence Against Women International in 2003 and she was inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2013.

Kelsey Hegarty MBBS, FRACGP, DipRACOG, PhD

Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Australia

Kelsey Hegarty is an academic general practitioner who currently works as a Professor and leads an Abuse and Violence in primary care research program. Her current research includes the evidence base for interventions to prevent violence against women; educational and complex interventions around identification of domestic and family violence in primary care settings and responding to men, women and children exposed to abuse. Interventions are delivered through primary care and through the use of new technologies.
During the last decade Kelsey has contributed at both national and international levels to the intimate partner violence field. She has developed a program of research in family violence, which commenced with her thesis. For this, she developed a new measure of domestic violence the Composite Abuse Scale, which is the first validated multidimensional measure of partner abuse. It has been used extensively globally and is available in 10 languages. She played a significant role in the development of  Royal Australian College of General Practice White Book on Abuse and Violence and a gplearning module. She has developed an innovative domestic violence curriculum for health practitioners and she regularly teaches domestic violence and mental health issues to undergraduates and postgraduate medical and nursing practitioners.

Rosie Batty Family violence campaigner, Australia


Rosie Batty knows pain no woman should have to suffer. Her son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014, a horrendous event that shocked not only the nation, but the world. Greg Anderson murdered his 11-year-old son Luke and was then shot by police at the Tyabb cricket oval. Rosie had suffered years of family violence, and had had intervention and custody orders in place in an effort to protect herself and her son. She believes the killing was Greg's final act of control over her. Since the events of last February, Rosie has become an outspoken crusader against domestic violence, winning hearts and mind all over Australia with her compassion, courage, grace and forgiveness. In the wake of the tragedy, Rosie's advocacy work has forced an unprecedented national focus on family violence, with the Victorian Labor government establishing Australia's first royal commission into family violence, and committing a further $30 million over four years to protect women and children at high risk of family violence. The then Victorian Police Commissioner Ken Lay called it 'the Rosie Batty factor'. In January 2015, Rosie was named Australian of the Year, 2015