DVCS Champions

Our Champions play an integral role in helping us develop and foster change in our community. They are leaders in their field who have committed to uphold the DVCS vision and objectives.

Our champions provide invaluable support by expanding our network and community engagement, providing advice and guidance in their specialist fields and engaging with children as part of our Young People’s Outreach Program.

Andrew Muirhead

Rugby Union player for the Brumbies

Qualified Youth Worker and Athlete with Brumbies Rugby

Andy enjoys the quietness of the ACT and especially loves the friendly people who live here.

Andy thinks DVCS is important an organisation giving people who are subjected to violence and abuse the services they need, in addition to supporting people who use violence to change their behaviours.  Andy is keen to support DVCS’ awareness raising, and looking forward to engaging with the young people we support as part of our Women and Children’s Specialist Programs and working with men in our Room4Change program to help them address their use of violence and/or controlling behaviours.  He is really keen to contribute to the work DVCS undertakes.

Did you know Andy is originally from Brisbane?  He moved to Canberra to take up a squad position with the Brumbies, before signing a contract for the 2018 season.

Alan Tongue

Former Captain of the Canberra Raiders

Education & Welfare with the NRL, Youth Worker with ACT schools and Corrections, NRL Commentator for Fox Sports and ABC Radio

For 15 years Alan has lived in Canberra and thinks our Nation’s Capital is a wonderful place to bring up a family, with so many great schools and facilities.

Alan acknowledges DVCS is an important service providing 24 hour support for people in need, in tough siguations.  He hopes to continue to support and promote the work DVCS is already doing within Canberra and to continue to educate and raise awareness around family violence with young people.

Alan received a NRL Captain of the Year award during his term as Captain at the Canberra Raiders and assisted in the education of his team in relation to domestic and family violence.

Amanda Whitley

Creator and Director of the HerCanberra brand and 2016 ACT Woman of the Year

Publisher of HerCanberra

Amanda attended university in Canberra and fell in love with the wonderful sense of community, relaxed lifestyle, clever people, amazing food, wine and cultural scene and the willingness our community has to work together to make things happen.

Because domestic and family violence is usually hidden behind closed doors, Amanda hopes to assist in keeping the conversation going and further the message that domestic and family violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, stage or socio economic and it is not aceptable.  She knows we all need to work together to reduce future incidences.  Amanda is looking forward to the opportunity to raise awareness of the work DVCS does and the issue more generally.  This issue is close to Amanda’s heart and she is proud to be involved.

Amanda published her first magazine at age 11!

Sparrow-Folk: Juliet Moody & Catherine Crowley

Canberra’s very own statire comic duo, SparrowFolk.  Juliet is also Founder of the Fearless Initiative Comedy Gala.

Self-employed comedians

Juliet and Catherine love that Canberra is more like a big old country town than a city, it gives a sense of community and connection.  They love the quirky differences in Canberra as they are great fodder for comedy.

Having been long time supporters of the work DVCS does for families of the ACT, it was a natural progression to become DVCS Champions.  Juliet and Catherine recognise the importance of organisations such as DVCS in providing practical and emotional support to all people in the ACT who are experiencing violence within their relationships.

Both Juliet and Catherine also have full time day jobs, in addition to their roles with Sparrow-Folk, being a DVCS Champion and raising family.  Is there anything these women can’t do?

Adam Shirley

Broadcaster

Broadcaster and Journalist with 666 ABC Canberra

Having lived in Canberra for over 10 years, Adam likes the open minded modern city of Canberra.  He likes the combination of natural beauty and rapily developing character.  Adam enjoys and admires the informed, energetic, compassionate and generous locals of Canberra.

Adam wants to listen. He wants to learn. He wants to help spread the word of how essential and incredible DVCS is.  Adam is also keen to drive change and educate the population on why the issue of violence, in particular against women and children, is a problem for every single person.  He is keen to engage with and learn from the amazing staff at DVCS and gain a better understanding of the stories of those who have experienced violence.

Adam is a scientist and previously worked at Queastacon

Christian Lealiifano

Rugby Union player for the Brumbies and Wallabies.

Co-Captain of the ACT Brumbies Rugby Union

Christian moved to Canberra to take up a contract with the Brumbies in 2006.  Since his move, two of his seven siblings have followed him to Canberra.  Christian thinks Canberra is a beautiful city that continues to grow and evolve.  He enjoys the easy living lifestyle and wonderful people.

Christian believes it is important to provide assistance to the people and families experiencing domestic and family violence, as well as create awareness and make change within our community.  He is looking forward to contributing to DVCS by raising awareness in our community and being involved with some of the programs run by DVCS.  If he can help change one person’s life for the better, he will be happy.  Christian wants to be part of moving this issue forward and making change.

Christian is currently studying Youth Work and hopes to work more closely with our Young People’s Outreach Program.

Kristen Henry

One half of Mix 106.3 Breakfast Show, writer for HerCanberra, The Canberra Times and Canberra Weekly

Radio host and writer

Kristen loves the people, the coffee and the clean air. She is one of those people who likes the 6 degrees of separation and that Canberra is one big family.

As Canberra is such a close-knit community, Kristen believes we all need to take responsibility and look after each other. DVCS is an integral service to help us learn more about and eradicate domestic and family violence. Kristen hopes to learn and be motivated by her engagement with DVCS. She wants to gain a better understanding about what is happening in Canberra homes and making a contribution towards helping families struggling with domestic and family violence, especially the children.

Kristen teaches dance to young children each week.