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Training and research for professionals working with domestic violence and sexual assault intimate partner strangulation.

We offer a wide range of high-quality specialist non-lethal strangulation intervention and prevention training and resources for professionals in police, justice, health, probation, domestic violence and sexual assault services and sectors across Australia.

We are committed to:

  • Raising awareness to the dangerous nature of non-lethal strangulation

  • Providing expert training

  • Forging partnerships of research and education

The Australian Institute for Strangulation Prevention acknowledges the ground breaking work of the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention and we are pleased to have formed a partnership with them.

Non-lethal strangulation is one of the most significant red flags to homicide and premature death from strokes and other health issues.

As most victims of strangulation have no visible injuries or their injuries are too minor to photograph, opportunities for higher level criminal prosecution are often missed.

Training is essential for Police, Ambulance, prosecutors, Health, Domestic Violence and dexual Assault services and community services groups, to understand and develop heightened responses to non-lethal strangulation.

We have already provided specialist non-lethal strangulation intervention and prevention training to over 600 professionals from around Australia.

Domestic Violence Non-­‐Lethal Strangulation Training Program

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BACKGROUND

The Domestic Violence Death Review Action Group was formed in 2004 to campaign for the establishment of a Domestic Violence Death Review Board in  Queensland and a specific legislative response to non-lethal strangulation. This group evolved to become the Red Rose Foundation in 2016.

Putting strangulation forward as a significant risk indicator is based on the work of Strack and McAllen (2001) who undertook research into three hundred strangulation cases submitted for misdemeanour prosecution to the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. The study revealed that a lack of training may have caused police and prosecutors to overlook symptoms of strangulation or to rely too heavily on the visible signs of strangulation. Because most victims of strangulation had no visible injuries or their injuries were too minor to photograph, opportunities for higher level criminal prosecution were missed. Follow up research on the risks associated with non-fatal strangulation in cases of domestic violence was conducted by Glass, Laughton, Campbell, Block, Hanson, Sharps and Taliaferro (2004). This study found that prior non-fatal strangulation was a significant risk factor for attempted or completed homicide of women with prior non-fatal strangulation associated with 45% of attempted homicides and 43% of homicides. Through our work, a specific criminal offence of non-lethal strangulation has now been established in Queensland.

To further our aim of raising awareness to the dangerous nature of non-lethal strangulation, provide expert training and forge partnerships of research and education, the Red Rose Foundation has brought expert trainers to Australia in 2017 (Brisbane and Mackay) 2018 (Brisbane and Canberra again in 2019 (Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth).  Plans are underway for a return of international experts Gael Strack and Dr Bill Smock to Australia in 2020. The Australian Institute for Strangulation Prevention will also be commencing our own training schedule commencing November 2019. Our aim is to see the introduction of specific non-lethal strangulation legislation introduced into every State and Territory in Australia. This needs to be accompanied by specialist training across police, justice, health, probation, domestic violence and sexual assault services and sectors.

EXPERT ADVISORY PANEL

Linda Bradford-Morgan
Linda Bradford-MorganExpert Advisory Panel Chair

Linda was appointed as a Queensland magistrate in January 2004.  From March 2016 she has  exclusively heard domestic violence cases in the Brisbane Magistrates Court. Since 2011 Linda also circuited to Longreach on the regional court roster.  Linda holds a Master of Laws degree; and Bachelor degrees in of Arts and Laws. She is a Graded Arbitrator with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, Australia, Qld Chapter.

Linda was appointed to the Council of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association (CMJA) to represent the Pacific Region from 2015 to date. She is the CMJA Gender representative for the Pacific.  She is a former President of the Queensland Magistrates Association and Australian Association of Magistrates.

In November 2018 Linda was appointed to an expert judicial panel by the United Nations to attend a 3 day conclave to prepare a Handbook for the Global Judiciary on Effective Court Responses for Gender Based Violence against Women and Girls. In June 2018 Linda delivered a keynote address at a Red Rose Foundation event on Strangulation: Changes to the Legal and Justice framework. In June 2019 Linda was a presenter at the Queensland Law Society Advocacy workshop for domestic and family violence practitioners.

Linda was named on the 2019 Women Lawyers Association of Queensland List of Inspirational female Judicial officers.

Betty Taylor
Betty Taylor

Betty has worked across the domestic violence sector for the past 30 years. She was the founding Manager of the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Prevention Centre and oversaw the development of the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Integrated Response. She chaired the Queensland Domestic Violence Council for 2 terms and has been an active member of the Domestic Violence Death Review Action Groups since its formation in 2004. Betty has written several training manuals including course material of the accredited Course In Responding to Domestic & Family Violence and Dying To Be Heard, a discussion paper looking at domestic violence death reviews. Betty was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and Centenary Medal in recognition of her work in domestic violence intervention and prevention. Betty is a current member of the Domestic Violence Death Review Board and past member of the Child Death Review Panel.  She is the founding CEO / Director of the Red Rose Foundation. Betty has played an instrumental role in brining non lethal domestic violence strangulation onto the public agenda and the development of the Australian Institute for Strangulation Prevention.

Diane Mangan
Diane Mangan

Diane has worked in the area of domestic violence and child abuse for forty years both within government and the non-government sector including 14 years as the CEO of DVConnect.

Diane has been instrumental in the development of many programs and initiatives during her last decade in the sector including the founding of a national network of all telephone crisis services across Australia (SafeNet Australia 2008) and the only peak in Australia that includes sexual violence, women’s health and domestic and family violence (Ending Violence Against Women Queensland 2013) – Diane was also a founding member of the Domestic Violence Death Review Action Group – DVDRAG (2004 – 2016) which was the forerunner to the Red Rose Foundation.

Di Macleod
Di Macleod

Di has worked in the area of gender based violence for over 37 years and is currently Director of the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence Inc. Over time, her work has included;
• Co-ordinator Majella House Women’s Refuge
• Founder Gold Coast Domestic Violence Action Group
• Foundation Board Member Combined Women’s Crisis Services Gold Coast
• Founding Director of Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence
• Securing funding for the establishment of Macleod Women’s Refuge, which is named after her
• Securing funding for the establishment of the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Prevention Centre
• Member Queensland Taskforce on Women and the Criminal Code
• Foundation Board member of National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence (NASASV)
• Member Domestic Violence Death Review Action Group
• Board Member of the Ending Violence Against Women Queensland (EVAWQ)

Janine Lee
Janine Lee

Janine Lee is the Founder and Managing Director of Domestic Violence Business Solutions. Janine is an HR Consultant working with corporate leaders specialising in Domestic and Family Violence workplace safety solutions.

Janine has implemented safety solutions for over 11,000 families during her 23-year career as a Detective and Senior Police Officer. She is now sharing her expertise with business leaders reducing their people costs in the workplace. Janine is finding her proven methodology creates a real sense of belonging for employees resulting in improved engagement, retention, productivity and safety at work. Health, wellbeing and business costs are reduced and connected, caring workplace cultures flourish.

Janine has experience across the public and not-for-profit sectors. She has successfully led Police investigation teams to resolve and prosecute complex, high profile cases relating to domestic violence, sexual violence, child protection, drugs and other serious harm.  Janine has 12 years’ experience investigating homicides and has demonstrated capability reducing victimisation and offending. She has spent many years protecting individuals and communities from domestic and sexual violence harm through collaboration, partnerships and complex problem solving and has led Police policy and best practice working on the National Family Violence Team at Police National Headquarters.

Dr Brian Sullivan
Dr Brian Sullivan

After 15 years working in leadership roles in the education and human service sectors, Brian undertook advanced counsellor training in the USA. He completed his doctorate in counselling and mental health at the College of Health and Human Services, University of Toledo, Ohio in 2000, where he researched readiness for change in court-mandated male perpetrators of domestic violence.

While in the USA, Brian also trained in the Duluth Model of Domestic Violence Intervention. He has worked intensively with court-ordered men using the Duluth program. Brian was instrumental in designing and developing the Master of Counselling Program at the University of Queensland, where he coordinated a course in Violence Issues in Counselling. He has also provided training for professionals in Domestic Violence Intervention Programs for men who perpetrate intimate partner violence, and with communities organising collaborative community responses to domestic violence.

He has regularly presented at Queensland Police Domestic Violence Liaison Officers (DVLO) training. He has trained Probation and Parole Offices of Queensland Corrective Services annually since 2003. He has completed a review of the Queensland Police Service First Year Constables Domestic Violence Intervention Training Package.  He has worked at YFS, Logan, as the practice manager of 5 men’s domestic violence intervention groups per week. He supervised facilitators of the Men’s program, women’s counsellors and women’s advocates in the Domestic and Family Violence Program at YFS, Logan. He has written a men’s domestic violence intervention program. Brian has been consulted by government. He is also on the Board of the Red Rose Foundation.

His understanding of DV is not only as gendered pattern of coercive violence, but as an ongoing criminal justice issue, and a public health and human rights issue where the safety, freedom, and the dignity of women and children are under threat. His research interests include accountability in the domestic violence sector, effectiveness of collaborative community approaches to domestic violence intervention, identifying and managing unintended consequences of dfv interventions, and working with men for change. He began work as Senior Lecturer, Head of Course for the Domestic and Family Violence Practice Program at Central Queensland University in June 2019.

Dr Vanita Parekh AM
Dr Vanita Parekh AM
Dr Heather Lovatt
Dr Heather Lovatt

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TRAINING FEEDBACK

The best training I have ever done in my career. Well detailed, real-life examples, well structured.

Understanding strangulation is a number 1 high risk factor in regards to domestic violence homicide.

Because knowing about non-lethal strangulation and what evidence can assist victims in successful prosecutions will hopefully decreases homicides.

Understanding the significance of strangulation injuries and the full impact of future indicators of lethality.

Essential knowledge for anyone working with those affected by domestic violence.

I was shocked to learn that strangulation can cause strokes months after the strangulation incident.

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