The small team at DVNSW is committed to raising the profile of domestic and family violence and supporting services all over NSW.

Chief Executive Officer: Joanne Yates

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Joanne is the chief executive officer, DVNSW, responsible for leading policy, advocacy and research initiatives to improve outcomes for women and their dependents who are survivors of domestic and family violence.

Joanne has extensive experience in public policy development in a range of portfolios including women’s leadership, social justice and law enforcement and across government, industry and the NGO sector.  In 2014, as the C20 Sherpa, she led the Civil Society dialogue to the Australian G20 forum on international economic cooperation.  This confirmed for her, the importance of cross sectoral cooperation and collaboration to impact social change.

Joanne holds a Master of Public Policy and Social Research from Macquarie University and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Policy and Research Manager: Shelley Booth

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Shelley is a life-long advocate for gender equality and social justice. She has worked in the NGO and government sectors in Australia, and volunteered on human rights and community development projects in South Korea and Costa Rica.

Shelley keenly identifies opportunities for positive change. Her greatest satisfaction comes from working with individuals and organisations with the expertise and insight to make a difference.

Shelley loves other people’s stories and attending catered events.

Advocacy and Prevention Manager: Monique Dam

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Monique is working towards a world where all women and girls can live free from gender-based violence and fully realise their rights and dreams. She has worked in advocacy, research, policy, programs and fundraising in the NGO and government sectors. She studied political science in France and volunteered at a women's refuge in Peru.

Monique has a background is in law and community development. She enjoys solving problems creatively, analysing complex issues and collaborating across sectors. She has a passion for working with diverse communities. Her other interests include post-conflict gender justice and participatory community arts.

Monique loves languages, art, dance, poetry and travelling.

Office & Operations Coordinator: Charlotte Davies

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Charlotte’s originally from the UK and has worked with NGOs in Sydney within fundraising, events and operations.

She has always had a passion for feminism and gender equality and continues to advocate wherever she possibly can for better attitudes towards women and their rights.

Charlotte enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, writing and exploring the world. She loves to keep the team organised and regularly calls the 'chocolate hour' at the office.