Meet our team!
Damian Green is the CEO of Stopping Family Violence (SFV), and a passionate advocator and researcher of perpetrator responses in Australia with a key vision of instilling a high standard of excellence across the sector. Through his work at SFV, and as an experienced Research Associate within the Social Work discipline at Curtin University, Damian has been involved in an array of national research projects exploring perpetrator interventions in both an advisory and investigatory capacity. Prior to this, Damian worked for nine years at Communicare as Executive Manager for Accommodation and Therapeutic Services. Here, he was responsible for a directorate that included a Professional Training Institute, Psychological Services, Family and Domestic Violence Services and Justice Services. Prior to commencing employment at Communicare, Damian worked in out of home care with youth and spent 10 years in the management of child care services.
Damian is a Board member of Starick, a not for profit organisation that provides support services to women and children affected by FDV. Damian is a registered psychologist and board approved supervisor with AHPRA and in this role provides clinical supervision and training. He is a registered Safe & Together Trainer, and an experienced group work facilitator and trainer having worked extensively in the areas of violent offending, MBCPs and parenting over the past 15 years.
Damian is a White Ribbon Ambassador and WA State Committee member, a member of the National Fatherhood Program Expert Reference Group and is strongly committed to the goal of ending violence towards women and children.
Mark O’Hare is the Operations Manager at SFV and has a wealth of experience in working in Mens Behaviour Change Programs, Violent Offender Treatment Programs, Sex Offender Treatment Programs and working with Men with AOD issues. Previous to working in the FDV sector, Mark has facilitated Drug and Alcohol group programs, and specialised in mens groups and working with adolescents who use substances. Mark has held a number of positions in government including a specialised FDV Coordinator and consultant roles with WA Department of Justice which involved providing specialist FDV consultancy to the Department and supporting community based MBCPs.
Additionally, Mark has direct experience case managing offenders in prison and community and has worked in high level managerial and leadership positions in government overseeing the delivery of criminogenic programs for offenders in WA prison and community settings. Mark’s work with SFV has involved extensive consultation across the sector to support the WA Implementation Plan for the NOSPIs and to support WA MBCPs align with current WA Practice Standards. Mark sits on a number of FDV related advisory groups and steering committees and has engaged as a key research officer in the ANROWS Invisible Practices Project. Mark has practiced in these areas as a Social Worker for more than 15 years and also has experience as a sessional academic within the School of Social Work at Curtin University. Most recently, Mark has become a fully certified Trainer in the Safe & Together Model and is currently delivering the training across WA.
Rodney Vlais is a Project Consultant at SFV. He is an independent trainer, policy advisor, researcher and supervisor in family and domestic violence perpetrator interventions and perpetrator intervention systems. Since leaving No To Violence where he worked in a variety of positions for almost ten years, Rodney has consulted to NGOs or governments across most Australian jurisdictions, and at a national level.
He is a psychologist with significant experience in men’s behaviour change program work and the delivery of counselling and clinical services more broadly. Rodney is also involved in social movements that weave anti-hierarchical, autonomous organising with intersectional feminism towards ecological and social justice. He is an extreme metal fan (particularly blackened sludgy doom, blackened deathgrind, discordant black metal and modern yet dark transformations of old school death metal), and hopes that one day metal communities will identify and challenge embedded misogyny, sexism and racism.
Sector Development Manager
Kate Jeffries is the Sector Development manager at SFV. Kate has come to SFV from Anglicare with 15 years’ experience in the FDV sector.
Kate’s experience started in WA’s Men’s Behaviour Change programs in 2006, when she moved from New Zealand’s Specialty Youth Services. Here she would support high risk young people away from the justice system and assist them back into thriving. She has worked across direct service delivery with men choosing to use violence, women impacted by their violence and therapeutically with young people and children.
Most recently, Kate has focused on strategic development in both the FDV sector and Family Law Sector through executive committees such as WA Family Law Pathways Network, Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence (WA) and the Men’s Behaviour Change Network.
Kate said her passion and energy come from supporting direct group work and practitioner development as well as seeing the FDV sector thrive in continuous improvement, intersectionality, innovation and diversity. Her experience from across the ocean, and throughout Western Australia working with an Indigenous cultural lens, means she has the awareness to listen, learn, grow with and support the strengths and specific needs for the people.
Jolene is a Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) specialist. During her career Jolene has worked across several family law services and has had oversight of a state-wide men’s behaviour change program funded through the Department of Justice. In addition, Jolene has sat on several committee’s including: The Child Safe Organisations Committee, Reconciliation Action Plan Committee and the Ending Family and Domestic Violence Committee. Jolene is currently sitting on a reform committee through the Department of Communities.
Jolene has a diverse academic background completing a Bachelor of Arts Education from Edith Cowan University (psychology and education), a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies from Curtin University and a Master of Counselling from the University of Notre Dame.
More recently, Jolene has worked on several projects across SFV and brings strong systems knowledge and policy experience with her. Jolene has a special interest in cultural diversity and competency when working with families from a diverse background and an interest for further preventative research within the DFV sector.
Robert is a Research Assistant at SFV. With a Social Work background having studied at Curtin University in Western Australia, Robert is passionate in the pursuit and expanse of knowledge in striving towards social justice through research.
Based in Perth, Robert has worked alongside various organisations and diverse populations. This has recently included: The Department of Communities with the Navigating Through Life project; Anglicare and evaluating the Home Stretch trial; youth advisory groups; United Way and evaluation of the Empowered for Employment program; Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation and evaluation of the Wadandi Mamang camp for young Indigenous males; Rites Together and a phenomenological study of their Stepping into Manhood camp. This work has involved design and development of research projects, ethics applications, data collection, interviewing individuals with extensive and rich life experiences, analysis of data, and reporting of research findings.
To ensure effective, professional, and accountable practice, Robert puts the Australian Association for Social Worker’s Code of Ethics and Practice Standards at the forefront of his work. The values of respect, professional integrity, and social justice underpin his role at SFV.
Jane Cousins joined SFV as a Project Officer in February 2021 and works on evaluation and research projects. She comes to SFV most recently from the international development sector, having worked for 16 years in the Asia Pacific region, primarily Papua New Guinea. Areas of her expertise relevant to SFV include program design and evaluation, women’s empowerment and gender equality programming, HIV prevention, and gender mainstreaming. This work focussed variously on changing individual behaviour, transforming inequitable gender norms, and promoting strategic alignment around gender goals in multi-sectoral development work. She has Masters in International Development from RMIT University.
Jane also has a background in teaching, training and workshop facilitation, with a Dip. Ed. and Certificate in Tertiary Teaching. Prior to moving overseas she taught participatory program evaluation for three years in the Indigenous Community Management and Development Program at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University. Earlier in her career she taught literature and communication studies at Murdoch and Curtin Universities. Her PhD in literature, entitled ‘Towards a Feminist Theory of Drama’, marked the start of her ongoing work on gender and desire to overcome the gender (and other) inequalities that drive gender-based violence.
Colleen West is the Business Manager at SFV. Colleen has worked in senior roles in allied health for the last 6 years in Government and the private sector. Colleen has a strong interest in holistic health and wellbeing and is working on finalising both a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science from The University of Notre Dame Australia and a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the Swinburne University of Technology.
Colleen has worked as an Office Manager for one of the busiest public emergency departments in Australia. Working on the front line during the COVID19 pandemic in one of the worst affected hospitals in Victoria, Australia managing over 200 staff. Prior to this, Colleen worked in the private sector running a busy mental health department. This role included managing critical incident responses, wellbeing programs and general counselling on a global scale for Australian workplaces. As part of her bachelor Colleen has also been involved in various coaching roles including working with vulnerable populations to improve health and quality of life.
Colleen is a part of the Leadership team at SFV and overseas policies and procedures, maintaining office systems and engagement with stakeholders to support SFV organisational goals.
We are so pleased to have Monica Cass as a Project Coordinator. Her current work is focused on the impact of COVID-19 on services supporting a perpetrator response in the Kimberley. She comes with nearly 20 years experience in project management, research, teaching and policy in the areas of family and domestic violence, justice, alcohol and other drugs (AOD), health, stress and disability.
Monica worked for eight years in the Department of Justice in the areas of research, evaluation and policy on complex and strategic state and national projects. She brings a valuable understanding of justice data, and represented the Department on various committees including the National Offender Standards for Perpetrator Interventions (NOSPI) consultations and working group, the Telethon Kids Institute Research Management Group and others.
Most recently, Monica has been in academia, conducting research and evaluation in the areas of cyber bullying and community-based AOD interventions for Aboriginal people in remote South Australia, as well as teaching in Criminology and Psychology.
Monica holds a PhD and Masters of Science in Organisational / Managerial Psychology from the University of Manchester, Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology from Curtin University of Technology and a Diploma in Victimology from University of Western Australia.