Festival Program


Family Violence

Sun 8 Sep, 2.30pm
RMIT Kaleide Theatre

The statistics regarding domestic violence against Australian women should be causing us all grave concern. Four leading advocates discuss this crisis, and how the stories of survivors are more important than ever. Featuring Jane Gilmore, Shakira Hussein, Nicole Lee and Lidia Thorpe.

Contains discussion about family violence and sexual assault.


1 hour

Available on Pass


Session Artists

Jane Gilmore was the founding editor of The King’s Tribune, and now writes regularly for the Sydney Morning Herald. She has been published by the Guardian, Meanjin, The Age, The Saturday Paper, News.com.au and Junkee, among others. Her book #FixedIt explores the way the media reports on men's violence against women, and will be published in September 2019.

Shakira Hussein is the author of From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11 and a contributor to the anthology #MeToo: Stories from the Australian Movement. She is a research fellow at The University of Melbourne, and has published on topics including racism, gender violence and disability.

Nicole is a fierce advocate for disability rights and the prevention of family violence. She provided evidence at the Royal Commission into Family Violence, has been working as a member of the Victims Survivors Advisory Council for the past 3 years, and appeared on You Can't Ask That in 2018.

Lidia is a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, mother of three and grandmother living on Wurundjeri country. She is the First Aboriginal woman in the Victorian Parliament. A lifetime advocate for Aboriginal peoples and communities for self-determination and community control, Lidia is a one of Australia's leading Aboriginal activists and commentators.

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