According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 3 women globally experience partner violence, and while it’s easy to think it wouldn’t happen in your neighbourhood, sadly that’s not the case. Rose Bay Police Station receives an increasing number of calls about domestic violence, with up to 2 calls per day. Join Pam Bartlett, Founder, and Deborah Banks, CEO of Lou’s Place, a refuge for women in Kings Cross, to talk about this secret scourge, its effect on women in our community, and the battles they face in trying to escape it.
Moo Baulch is chief executive of Domestic Violence NSW, the state peak body for specialist domestic and family violence (DFV) services. She is part of a small team that works to improve policy and practice responses to women, children and communities impacted by violence. Moo has worked in the non-government, not for profit sector in Australia, South East Asia, the UK and Spain over the last couple of decades. She believes that public awareness of domestic and family violence and sexual assault is at an unprecedented level and that cross-sector and community partnerships are key to the cultural and practical changes required for inclusive support. She looks forward to the day when all children are taught in schools about the intersections between discrimination, bullying, violence and healthy respectful relationships.
Deborah Banks is the CEO of Lou’s Place, as well as being the Vice Chair of the Domestic Violence NSW Board, so is well equipped to speak on this subject. She has over twenty five years of experience in management positions with small, medium and large organisations in a range of industries including employment law, entertainment and fashion. Deborah joined the board of the Mental Health Coordinating Council in 2012. She represents Lou’s Place on the Eastern Sydney Partners in Recovery Consortia and was an active member of the Sydney Women’s Homeless Alliance from 2010 to 2014. Deborah has a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) and is a Justice of the Peace of NSW.
Founding member of Lou’s Place, Pam Bartlett enjoyed a 20 year career with American Express, before consulting to service based organisations, providing strategic advice in the areas of quality assurance, customer service, credit/risk management, staff development and operational profitability. Wanting to “give back” but not knowing how, she joined a friend in realising a dream – to create a safe place for women and their children in the inner-city of Sydney. As part of a small team of close friends, creating Lou’s Place from scratch allowed her to use her business skills for the greater good. In addition to a busy family life, Pam is a director of the Sydney Dance Company and has a keen interest in American politics and social justice.