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2022 LENEEN FORDE PUBLIC ADDRESS – Tuesday 27 September 2022




Coercive Control and its Impact on Children – the work of the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board and Recent Studies


Keynote Speakers:  State Coroner Terry Ryan and Dr Silke Meyer, Leneen Forde Chair in Child & Family Research; Professor of Social Work, Griffith University


Please join us for this special annual event named in honour of Ms Leneen Forde AO who led the 1999 Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions.

This is an opportunity to hear the speakers draw on their significant experience and speak about the impact of coercive control on children, recent research and learnings and the work of the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board.

The Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) aims to improve interdisciplinary professional collaboration in the child protection system in Queensland.


State Coroner Terry Ryan was appointed as a magistrate and as State Coroner in July 2013. After being admitted as a solicitor in 1991, he worked in private practice before returning to the Queensland Government where he commenced his career in 1984 as a social worker in the fields of child protection and youth justice. Magistrate Ryan holds a Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Master of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. In the period 2001 to 2010 Magistrate Ryan served as the Director of the Strategic Policy Unit and Assistant Director-General, Strategic Policy, Legal and Executive Services in the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG). From 2010 up until his commencement with the Coroners Court, Magistrate Ryan was the Deputy Director-General of DJAG. Magistrate Ryan is the Chair of the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board. He is also the current President of the Asia-Pacific Coroners Society.


Dr Silke Meyer is the Leneen Forde Chair in Child and Family Research and a Professor of Social Work at Griffith University. She is the former Deputy Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and continues to hold an adjunct appointment with the Centre. She is a criminologist and social worker by training, bringing practical and theoretical expertise to her research, teaching and writing. Her research centres on different aspects of domestic and family violence, including women and children’s safety, wellbeing and recovery, men’s accountability in their role as perpetrators and fathers, experiences specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the role of domestic and family violence-informed practice in child protection, policing and court proceedings.  Silke has delivered evaluations for government and non-government organisations, including police, court, child protection, perpetrator intervention and victim support services. She is a Subject Matter Expert for the Raising Children Network and a former non-government member of the inaugural Qld Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board. Silke has provided expert advice and reports in coronial inquests and DFV death reviews. Her research is interdisciplinary and has informed policy and practice reforms in areas of victim, perpetrator and family-related service delivery.


DATE: Tuesday 27 September 2022

VENUE:   Banco Court, Supreme Court of Queensland, 415 George Street, Brisbane

REGISTRATION        5.00 – 5.30 PM

ADDRESS                  5.30 – 6.30 PM

RECEPTION              6.30 – 7.30 PM

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