Online only November 25 11:00am – 12:15pm

Preventing and responding to coercive control

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are postponing this event until the new year in 2022. We thank you for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience.  

Join WIRE, Respect Victoria and partners in a panel discussion about the need for a primary prevention focus when tackling coercive control.


About this event

We’ll be discussing what coercive control is and how primary prevention is the only way to reduce the overall prevalence of family violence. Criminalisation of coercive control is not enough—we need prevention at the heart of national solutions and in the next National Plan to end violence against women and children.

Please join us on Thursday 25 November at 11am for our online session facilitated by WIRE CEO Julie Kun with guest speakers Amy Prendergast (Respect Victoria), Talie Star (Family violence victim survivor advocate) and Adele Murdolo (Migrant Women’s Health Service). After the webinar why not join the Walk against Family Violence which will be held in the afternoon.

For more information about the joint advocacy lead by Respect Victoria check out the following article: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-17/rosie-batty-family-violence-victoria-coercive-control-prevention/100467392

Guest Speakers

Ms Amy Prendergast (she/her)

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Respect Victoria

Amy is an experienced social policy executive, with strategic leadership at both state and national levels of Government, with specialist expertise in early childhood strategy, diversity and inclusion, family violence prevention and gender equality. She has played key policy and coordination roles under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children, the development of Victoria’s primary prevention of family violence strategy, Free from Violence, and the establishment of Respect Victoria as an independent statutory authority.

Amy holds academic credentials in social welfare, social sciences (international development), and social inclusion

For more information about Respect Victoria visit www.respectvictoria.vic.gov.au


Talie Star (she/her)

Family violence victim-survivor advocate

Talie Star is a committed Advocate/Consultant/Speaker specialising in Trauma, Domestic and Family Violence, Homelessness and Disability, and works with many Peak Bodies, Governments and NGO’s across the sector, both state-based and nationally. During the COVID-19 pandemic she has been part of a taskforce Working Group supporting people who are experiencing homelessness, as well as delivering trauma-informed training for government and services. She leads and creates training for not-for-profits on trauma informed care and has worked with Our Watch to empower Journalists and Media. Her music and creative skills have been utilised in her presentations, training and co-design of programs that support and improve engagement with people experiencing violence and marginalisation. Her heart is for educating, empowering and challenging systems that continue to promote power and control.

Talie is the co-chair of the Centre for Social Impact’s Lived Experience Advisory Group and Homelessness NSW DFV Lived Experience Advisory group where she ensures the voices of others are empowered and heard by government and decision-makers. She is a facilitator for the Love Bites program in schools, a member of Homelessness NSW’s Policy Council, the DFV Reference Group for Council, DFV Assist Advisory Group and a Consultant for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Previously she was part of the steering committee for the Voices for Change project with DVNSW. Talie was awarded the New South Wales SHS Sector Consumer Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding work.


Dr Adele Murdolo

Executive Director, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Adele is the Executive Director at the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, a national women’s health centre run by and for migrant and refugee women. Adele is a second-generation Italian migrant woman with a background in feminist research, including a PhD in history and women’s studies. Her advocacy and research work centre around the topics of violence against women, women’s health, feminist history and activism, with a specific focus on migrant and refugee women. She is also an honorary senior research fellow at the Centre for Health Equity at the University of Melbourne.



Dr Hannah McGlade 

Dr Hannah McGlade is a Noongar woman from Western Australia and her career has focused on justice for Aboriginal people, race discrimination law and practice, Aboriginal women and children, family violence and sexual assault.

Dr McGlade has been a researcher, published writer and conference speaker and has held a range of professional positions that required her legal training and specific expertise in Aboriginal women and children’s issues. Her advocacy and human rights work includes the international sphere at the United Nations.

Currently Dr McGlade is a Senior Indigenous Research Fellow at Curtin University and an Advisor to the Noongar Council for Family Safety and Wellbeing. Dr McGlade is also a member of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues, Western Australia Mental Health Tribunal and the Medical Board of Australia.


Julie Kun (she/her)


Julie Kun is the CEO of WIRE and a white settler of migrant refugee parentage. Living on the land of the Kulin Nation, she is a feminist social worker and a social justice campaigner. Being able to lead an organisation like WIRE is a privilege that enables Julie to live out her values and hopes for her community in her daily work. WIRE is Victoria’s only free support referral and information service on any issue for women and non-binary and gender diverse people.