Family violence experts in conversation

The 2021 CPD Intensive Series

On 10 and 11 February 2021 the ACT Law Society hosted a hybrid version of our annual CPD Intensive Series. To accommodate guests and speakers within Covid-19 restrictions, we included both face to face and hybrid tickets to this very popular two-day conference. This 'watch when you want' webinar is an individual session from the 2021 Intensive. 

Panel session — Family violence experts in conversation

Agencies dealing with family violence in the ACT are trying new approaches to address this issue through better coordination and information sharing, as well as a renewed focus on perpetrator accountability. In this session, speakers from the main agencies involved in these new initiatives will outline what their agency is doing, what has changed, and the early indications of success.

This session will assist lawyers working with both victims and perpetrators of family violence, whether that is for criminal matters, Family Violence Order applications or family law matters.

  • When: This is an on-demand webinar. You will be sent log in details when you register 
  • Members will earn 1.5 CPD units in Core Area 4
  • Cost (incl GST): $88 members, $115 non-members, $25 students/CLCs 
  • You will need to record CPD in your tracker once viewed. 

Event registration terms and conditions

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.3% surcharge may be incurred on online payments. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email. 

Definitions — 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'Young Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means a full time student studying law at a recognised Australian tertiary institution.

All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. 

CPD Events — In the case of CPD events held at an venue other than the Law Society, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event. In the case of CPD events held at the Law Society, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. 

Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. 

Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.

The Law Society is enforcing covid-safe measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you are sick, have recently visited a COVID hot-spot, or are in close contact with someone in either situation, please stay at home.




Member rate $88.00(GST incl.) Register
Non-Member rate $115.00(GST incl.) Register
Student/CLC rate $25.00(GST incl.) Register



Facilitator: Margie Rowe

Family Violence Team Leader, Legal Aid ACT

Sue Smith

Inspector Sue Smith is the Officer in Charge of Family Violence Operations in the ACT. Sue joined the AFP in 1989 after having spent five years with the NSW Police Service. Since joining the AFP, she has performed both community and national policing roles. In 1992 Sue took up a position within the ACT Police Juvenile Aid Bureau. This unit was responsible for managing young offenders, young people who were victims of crime and young people who were engaging in ‘at risk’ behaviour. It was during this period she developed a passion for working with young people and their families, developing relationships with partners and stakeholders to collaboratively respond to the complex needs of families. Sue has been involved in several committees including ACT Family Violence Intervention Program, The Domestic Violence Prevention Council, The ACT Children and Young Persons Death Review Committee.

Clare Sheehan

Clare has worked at the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) for over five years across a variety of programs, including crisis intervention, court advocacy and as our criminal justice advocate. She is currently the Team Leader of Legal Advocacy. Prior to working at DVCS Clare worked as Youth Worker with children who had experienced trauma and abuse. Clare holds a Certificate IV in Youth Work and is currently in her final year of her Bachelor of Criminal Justice. She was recognised for her contribution to the community by being awarded the Lifeline Canberra Rising Woman of Spirit Award in 2018.

Heidi Yates

A well-known law reform and human rights advocate, Heidi commenced as Victims of Crime Commissioner in March 2018. Prior to this appointment, Heidi held roles including Head of General Practice at Legal Aid ACT, Executive Director of the ACT Women’s Legal Centre and Chair of the Domestic Violence Crisis Service. Heidi’s professional reputation is wellestablished at a national level as an advocate for free legal services (particularly for victims of family violence) and gender-related law reform. Heidi was nationally recognised in the 2017 publication ‘Trailblazing Women and the Law: seven decades of Australia’s Pioneer, ‘Trailblazing’, Women Lawyers.

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