More than 130 attendees gathered at Melbourne's Rendezvous Hotel to share learnings and discuss ideas, policy, and practices that put young people at the centre.

Keynote Speaker Matt Brown's story of trauma, resillience, hope and change resonated with our audience.

Matt Brown founded the anti-violence movement She Is Not Your Rehab almost by accident. A survivor of family violence and childhood sexual abuse himself, he originally started his domestic violence advocacy work by sharing his story with the men who frequented his busy barbershops. Alongside his wife Sarah Brown, Matt works to eradicate domestic violence by supporting those who perpetrate violence, to forgive, heal, and leave violence behind.

Sharing openly and honestly, Matt took our attendees on a journey from his childhood marred by his father's violence, right through to the present day, where he's turned his experiences into an opportunity to invite men to end generations of family violence.

Newly appointed Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Vicki Ward MP opened Elevating Children's Voices.

Her address set the tone for the day, a vision of our future free of domestic and family violence. 

"Very helpful in my practice of work. Inspirational speeches were amazing and provided insight into the clients world."

"Listening to and meeting in person Matt Brown!!! He is an amazing human; I find him so inspirational. I have been following him forever!"

"It was a well organised day, with very good speakers and topics covered." 

"It was incredibly informative and had such an impressive panel."

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