An Evening Of High Level Conversation About Solutions To Domestic Violence

On 10th August, at Doltone House, James Bay Wharf, Pyrmont, Sydney; The Dangerous Dance Documentary is holding a fundraising Gala Dinner with an array of fascinating and informed speakers bringing together a host of corporate, media and private individuals discussing domestic violence.

There will be examination of how to create awareness and cultural change around this complex issue, and all the proceeds go to support the making of this important educational film.

“The woman knows from living with the abusive man that there are no simple answers. Friends say: “He’s mean.” But she knows many ways in which he has been good to her. Friends say: “He treats you that way because he can get away with it. I would never let someone treat me that way.” But she knows that the times when she puts her foot down the most firmly, he responds by becoming his angriest and most intimidating. When she stands up to him, he makes her pay for it—sooner or later. Friends say: “Leave him.” But she knows it won’t be that easy. He will promise to change. He’ll get friends and relatives to feel sorry for him and pressure her to give him another chance. He’ll get severely depressed, causing her to worry whether he’ll be all right. And, depending on what style of abuser he is, she may know that he will become dangerous when she tries to leave him. She may even be concerned that he will try to take her children away from her, as some abusers do.” – Lundy Bancroft

The Dangerous Dance sets out to explore the less-than-simple answers for women and children (and some men) who are trapped in abusive life situations, and to see if and how abusive people can be helped to change their ways.

If you, or anyone you care for, is or have ever been affected by abuse of any kind – verbal, emotional, physical, sexual – please support this film, and please come along to add your thoughts to our evening of discussion about this topic. If you know someone who would be interested to come along please share this article with them. We need the support and input of everyone who has something useful to add to this conversation.

The Gala Dinner Panel

Professor Catharine Lumby – since 2004 Catharine has worked in a pro-bono role advising the National Rugby League on cultural change and education programs for players. “I care deeply about gender equality and protecting women and children from violence. As a former journalist and observer of our media landscape I am also intrigued by the opportunities that social media gives us to have an open conversation about who we are and what’s important.”

Martin Fisk – Martin is the Chief Executive of Menslink which works with young men who don’t want to replicate the behaviours of their own family. An active campaigner for young men, Martin speaks to schools, businesses and community groups about issues facing young men, their families and communities, including violence, mental health, drugs and alcohol and suicide – still the leading cause of death in men under 40.

Lisa McAdams – a Domestic Violence Strategist and Solutions Consultant. Lisa is a survivor of DV and has spent the last decade researching and understanding the complexities of this issue. Lisa’s time in corporate taught her to have a pragmatic solution-based approach to this complicated issue and now uses this knowledge of both DV and the corporate environment to bring insight on this emotional subject in a level-headed, no-nonsense way that speaks the language of business. 

Anita Bentata – an expert and psychotherapist on abuse, stress, turning your life around, why women get caught, what is needed to get out, and how to talk to your friend / family member if they are in an abusive relationship. Anita uses the power of fairy tales – stories – to assist people to recognise their own situation in a safe way (and she has experienced DV herself)

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