Keynote Speaker


Professor, Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne, Australia

Cathy Humphreys is Professor of Social Work at University of Melbourne, a position she was appointed to in 2006 following 12 years as an academic in the UK at the University of Warwick. She is also co-chair (with Prof Kelsey Hegarty) of the Melbourne research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and Their Children (MAEVe). Her research in the domestic violence area has recently focused on the domestic violence policy reform in Victoria, Australia; and the development of practice for statutory child protection and for workers in community based services for children living with family violence. Current projects include: Fathering Challenges which examines the issues of responsible, reparative, responsive fathering in the context of domestic violence; the PATRICIA project which explores the interface between child protection, domestic violence services and family law; and a series of evaluation of programs to a address parenting in the context of domestic violence. Professor Humphreys is a well published author of both books and more than 100 journal articles.

Second Keynote
@ June 27, 14:00 - 15:00

The Changing Face of Domestic Violence Intervention: From the Margins to the Mainstream

In the first half year of 2018, there were 2458 cases of domestic violence (DV) in Hong Kong being identified. More than 20% (554) were children. The experiences of being abused will affect the whole life of the victims. The number might be under-estimated as well due to non-disclosure. In the 2016 Policy Address of Chief Executive in Hong Kong called for the improvement of support for victims of DV. The sharing of extensive evidence-based practice from Australia will undoubtedly strengthen the social workers in Hong Kong in supporting the DV victim and preventing the increase of DV.

Moderator: Prof. Ching-Man LAM
Professor and Vice-chairperson, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong