(Speakers may be susceptible to change).

Allan Wade (CA)

Allan Wade, Ph.D. lives on Vancouver Island, Canada, where he works as a family therapist, consultant, and independent scholar with a primary interest addressing violence, broadly defined.  

Allan is best known for developing Response-Based Practice, initially with Linda Coates and Nick Todd and, more recently, Cathy Richardson, Ann Maje Raider, and Shelly Bonnah.   Allan works extensively for Indigenous communities in Canada, with ‘victims’ and ‘perpetrators’ of violence, conducts original research on the connection between violence and language, and consults internationally to the diverse organizations that become involved in cases of violence.  

Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao (CA)

Dr. Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao is a therapist, researcher, activist and an author.  She is the Director of First Peoples Studies at Concordia University in Montreal and a co-founder of the Centre for Response-Based Practice. Cathy is Métis with Cree, Dene and Gwichin ancestry. She teaches counsellors and social workers and promotes system change and decolonization in all areas of social services.

Cathy is a lead researcher for a number of current studies, such as the Quebec Youth Network Chair, the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevent Initiative with Vulnerable Populations; and documenting promising practices for Indigenous transition housework (FRIDAA).  Cathy is the winner of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Indigenous Practice Award in 2019 and she is a co-organizer of the Dignity conferences.  She is currently working on three books which should be available in 2020.  Cathy was a Green Party candidate in the Quebec provincial election in 2018.

Floretta Boonzaier (SA)

Floretta Boonzaier is Professor in Psychology at the University of Cape Town and Co-director of the Hub for Decolonial Feminist Psychologies in Africa. She works and teaches in feminist, critical, social and decolonial psychologies, with special interests in intersectional subjectivities, youth subjectivites, gendered and sexual identifications, participatory methodologies and gendered and sexual violence in all areas in which she has published. 

She has co-authored South African Women Living with HIV: Global lessons from local voices ( Indiana University Press, 2014) and wrote for Women Voicing Resistance: Discursive and Narrative explorations ( Routledge, 2014); a book that won the 2015 Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology. Other edited collections include The Gender of Psychology  (with Shefer & Kiguwa) (Juta, 2006); Engaging youth in activism, research and pedagogical praxis. Transnational and intersectional perspectives on gender, sex and race  (with Shefer, Hearn & Ratele) (Routledge, 2018) and Decolonial Feminist Community Psychology  (with van Niekerk) (Springer, 2019).

In 2009 she was awarded the UCT Mandela Fellowship at Harvard University and in 2015 a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is past receipient of the runner up award in the South African Department of Science and Technology’s Women in Science Awards, for the category of Distinguished Young Woman Researcher in the Social Sciences or Humanities. She has served on the board of the NGO, RAPCAN, Resources aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect , and currently on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Narrative Research  at the University of East London, UK. She has been Chair of the Board for the African Gender Institute  at the University of Cape Town and Co-Chair of the Global Africa Group  for the Worldwide Universities Network  and is currently an Executive Committee Member of the Sexuality and Gender Division of the Psychological Society of South Africa.

Frank Mullane (UK)

Frank is the CEO of Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA). Founded in 2008, AAFDA is a centre of excellence for reviews after domestic homicide and for specialist peer support. Frank helped ensure Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) became law, was asked by government to help develop the model and continues to work closely with the Home Office to enhance the methodology. 

From its inception in 2011, AAFDA has been a member of the national panel that quality assures DHRs and Frank is a Home Office appointed reader (provides assessments of DHRs to the panel). Since 2011, Frank has assessed c. 700 of these reviews. He is a Home Office accredited Chair for DHRs and trains others to undertake them. Frank is a member of the national Victims’ Panel chaired by the Justice Minister and was on the assessment panel for the recruitment of the first ever (Designate) Domestic Abuse Commissioner.

He co-authored a book Domestic Abuse, Homicide and Gender: Strategies for Policy and Practice (2014) and has had three chapters published in different books, including in Domestic Homicide and Death Reviews (2017) and When Parents Kill Children (2018).  He has developed a model for helping families to be integral to reviews after domestic homicide, thought to be unique in the world. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire (outstanding work on domestic violence and homicide). He gave a keynote speech at the third European conference on domestic abuse in Oslo in September 2019.

Frank’s sister Julia and nephew William Pemberton were murdered in 2003. Frank previously worked as a business consultant and is a qualified accountant.

Kate Alexander (AUS)

Kate Alexander is the Senior Practitioner, Office of the Senior Practitioner (OSP) for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. The role of the OSP is to inspire, influence and review child protection practice. Kate is responsible for the OSP’s work in the review of child deaths, leading evidence based child protection approaches, and facilitating learning through conferences, publications and coaching strategies. 

Kate has a Masters of Social Work (Family Therapy) and has worked in the field of child protection for more than 25 years in a variety of roles including therapeutic, casework and management. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne, focused on decision making in child protection.

In June 2018, Kate was awarded a NSW Public Service Medal for outstanding contribution to family and community services. 

Linda Coates (CA)

Linda has received international acclaim from researchers, legal and mental health professionals, and victims’ advocates for her work on the connection between violence and language in diverse settings.

She has worked closely with Allan Wade and Nick Todd in developing the Response-Based approach to community work and therapy with victims and perpetrators and is Associate Professor of Psychology at Okanagan College. Linda has published numerous articles and book chapters on the connection between violence and language.

MarieKathrine Poppel (GL)

MarieKathrine Poppel is Assistant Professor since 2007 at Department of Social Work, Institute of Social Science, Economics and Journalism, Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland. Head of Department of Social Work 2012-2013.

MarieKathrine is writing her doctoral dissertation on Men’s violence against women in intimate relations in Greenland (to be delivered in the beginning of 2020). She was guest researcher at Institute of Criminology, University of Oslo, September-October 2008 and guest lecturer at University of Victoria, UVIC, Institute of Social Work. Victoria, BC, September 2010.

MarieKathrine Poppel has published a number of articles and book chapters on gender equality (most recently Are Women Taking over Power and Labour from Men? Gender Relations in Pre- and Post-colonial Greenland (2015); Changes in gender roles in Greenland and perceived contributions to the household (2015); Citizenship Practices (2014)). She has also published a number of articles and book chapters on gender and violence. She is the editor of the book Køn og Vold i Grønland (Gender and Violence in Greenland ) (2005).

MarieKathrine has been part of research teams on gender equality as well as domestic violence and participated in the Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic, SLiCA as a member of the Greenland research team, as a national organizer of the regional interview efforts and as an author on articles based on SLiCA findings.

Olga Persson (S)

Olga Persson is a political scientist and has great expertise and experience in the fields of men’s violence against women, violence prevention, rape and sexual abuse of children, both from the civil society movements and from the state official level. As Secretary-General of Unizon she works with advocacy on a national and international level, training of the judicial and legal system, as well as capacity building of the 140 member organizations around Sweden. Olga is specialized in issues concerning violence prevention and masculinities, rape, sexual abuse and prostitution as a form of men´s violence against women. Olga has also worked several years at a front line service, directly with victims of rape. 

Peter Söderström (S)

Peter Söderström's area of expertise is gender equality, with a focus on men's violence against women and children. He is particularly concerned with gender transformative violence prevention and a critical masculinity perspective. His main working areas have been strategic and analytical work, structured cooperation between authorities, developing and implementing different kinds of training activities and training material, investigation and supervision.

Rebecca and Russell Dobash (UK)

Rebecca & Russell Dobash, emeritus professors, University of Manchester, UK, have published 11 books and numerous articles on violence, gender and murder. 

Their first book, Violence Against Wives  (Free Press, 1979) was groundbreaking and helped establish the field of research about violence against women. Women, Violence and Social Change , (Routledge, 1992) examined the ‘battered women’s movement’ in the UK & USA. Women Viewing Violence , with Philip Schlesinger and C. Kay Weaver (British Film Institute, 1992) examined women’s views about violence against women in the media. Changing Violent Men (Sage, 2000) evaluated the nature and effectiveness of abuser programmes for men convicted of violence against a woman partner. When Men Murder Women (Oxford University Press, 2015) includes: intimate partner murders, sexual murders, the murders of older women, and the lifecourse of the perpetrators from childhood to adulthood and in prison. 

Male-Male Murder (Routledge, 2020), examines Five Types of male-male murder: (Confrontational/Fighters; Murders for Money; Family Murders; Sexual Murders; Murders of Older Men), and the Lifecourse of the perpetrators (Childhood, Adulthood and In-Prison).

Shelly Bonnah (CA)

Shelly’s experience includes over 20 years of direct counselling experience with children, youth, couples and families, consulting with a wide range of organizations, teaching in universities, clinical supervision and organizational development in the social service sector. Shelly has also worked with the Centre for Response-Based Practice and her colleagues Allan Wade, Linda Coates & Cathy Richardson for approximately 10 years. She is currently operating a Response-Based counselling office in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

Shelly has been actively involved in the ongoing development of working with children and youth from a Response-Based perspective, and understanding how young people respond to, and resist experiences of violence and trauma. She also works to apply these ideas within organizational settings and leadership positions, where power and accountability are at issue. Shelly is a licensed Family Therapist, an author, and a graduate of the Doctoral Program at the TAOS Institute.

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