National Homelessness Conference 2018
Policy and Program Manager, Domestic Violence Victoria
Alison Macdonald is the Policy and Program Manager with Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic). DV Vic is the peak body for family / domestic violence services in Victoria that provide support to women and children to live free from violence. With the safety and the best interests of women and children as central, DV Vic provides leadership to change and enhance systems that prevent and respond to family violence.
Alison has worked in this role for over ten years, during which time she has concentrated on family violence law reform, homelessness policy, integrated family violence reform and primary prevention of violence against women among other areas. Alison led DV Vic’s participation in Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence. She sits on numerous reference and advisory committees to oversee the implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations including the Ministerial Family Violence Housing Assistance Taskforce, the Family Violence Industry Taskforce and the Information Sharing and Risk Assessment Steering Committee.
With a career primarily focussed on women’s health and equality, she has previously worked in the sexual and reproductive health, international development and community housing fields.