National Homelessness Conference 2018
Advocacy and Prevention Manager, Domestic Violence NSW
Monique Dam is the Advocacy and Prevention Manager at Domestic Violence NSW (DVNSW), the peak body for specialist domestic and family violence services across NSW. She works with DVNSW members, partner organisations and other stakeholders to understand the issues facing women and children experiencing violence and to advocate for changes to laws, policies and programs. She values the expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people with disability on culturally safe, inclusive and accessible responses.
Prior to joining DVNSW, Monique volunteered at the Women’s Legal Service NSW and worked as a Legal Officer at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department on policy and programs relating to free legal services for women experiencing violence. She has previously convened a network of women working in NGOs, academia and government to discuss best practice and emerging issues in gender and development. She has led groups of activists to advocate for change for over five years.
Monique is inspired by and learns from the strong, resilient women who survive violence and who work in specialist domestic and family violence services, including in the homelessness sector.