What does a holistic approach mean when working with adults who use family violence?

How can a holistic approach support us in meeting our legislative responsibilities? Since the introduction of MARAM in 2018, the AOD sector has expanded its responsibilities to identify, assess, and respond to family violence risk within operations and service delivery. But can this expanded practice strengthen community outcomes?

This presentation draws on MARAM practice guidance, relevant literature, and the intimate knowledge and practical understanding of the AOD sector to respond to challenges and apply a holistic approach to working with adults using family violence. Through clinical interaction with adults using family violence, we explore what accountability and visibility looks like as an obligation and in practice, the benefits of collaboration to manage risk and increase safety and how to create meaningful treatment outcomes supporting healthier relationships.


Stephen Herd, Specialist Family Violence Advisor, Turning Point

Stephen Herd is a Specialist Family Violence Advisor  (AOD) based at Turning Point. Stephen has worked in the area of men’s family violence for over 10 years as a Men’s Behaviour Change co-facilitator, counsellor and groups coordinator. More recently, Stephen has become a proud Social Worker, worked in the prison system and now working in the AOD/Family Violence workforce servicing the Inner East.

Meg Bagnall, Specialist Family Violence Advisor in Alcohol and Other Drugs, Bendigo Community Health Services

Meg Bagnall has worked with women and children for over a decade, with a majority focus on identifying, assessing and responding to family violence through work with both victim-survivors and people who use violence. Since 2019, Meg has supported the AOD sector in implementing and embedding the MARAM framework.

Cindy McKelvie, Specialist Family Violence Advisor,  Salvation Army – Barwon

Cindy McKelvie is a Specialist AOD Family Violence Advisor based at The Salvation Army and covering the Barwon Region. Cindy has worked in a variety of roles across the community and human services sector with a strong focus on family violence, youth and mental health.

Rachel Daniel, Specialist Family Violence Advisor, Ballarat Community Health

Rachel Daniel is a Specialist AOD Family Violence Advisor based at Ballarat Community Health and covering the Central Highlands Region. Rachel has worked across a number of facets of the community and human services sectors for over 25 years, with experience in Child Protection, Out of Home Care, Youth Work, Family Services, Restorative Justice, Corrections and Family Violence.


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