Kristy McKellar OAM
Travels from: Victoria
Play a part in preventing domestic violence across the country
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Kristy McKellar is renowned in the family violence sector, both in Victoria and nationally, her work attracting overseas interest. Kristy was named in the top 100 Women of Influence in the country, named as the Agenda Setter of the Year for Australia and has been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
Across two decades she has dedicated to improving the lives of others, uniquely positioned, drawing on her academic background ingrained in Social Science and Social Work and her lived experience. Kristy has successfully challenged the nation to take a stand on family violence, connecting the issue from the head to the heart. Kristy is a courageous survivor, inspiring advocate and consultant who is championing reform, prevention, social change and gender equality.
Her perspectives providing clarity to law makers and policy developers, highlighting the complexities and systemic failures of the system, resulting in the implementation of new legislation in Victoria.
This reform better protecting and validating victims, prioritising victim rights and holding perpetrators to account, enabling individuals to live safer, healthier, happier lives, and ensuring voiceless children are protected and acknowledged.
Kristy has further contributed to a Victorian Parliament landmark, invited to address Members of the Legislative Assembly and Council, in a unique sitting in Parliament House and has played a significant role in the Victorian Royal Commission into family violence.
Her work with various commissioners, Victorian Attorney-General’s Department, Victoria Police, various not-for-profits, local governments, corporate sectors, clubs and sporting codes having created critical change including the Australian Football League, having established in partnership with the Carlton Football Club their “Carlton Respects” family violence initiative, with a focus on respect and equality.
Kristy is the Deputy Chair of the Victims Survivors' Advisory Council, and is a member of the Royal Commission Chief Magistrates Taskforce and Social Services Taskforce with the Special Minister of State. Kristy is a delegate to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence Steering Committee and sits on the Women’s Health East ‘Speaking Out’ Eastern Media Advocacy Program (EMAP) Steering Committee and is the Ambassador and chair of the first Victorian local government ‘Together We Can’ Community Advisory Group.
Kristy shaped the first Male Champions of Change model, and continues to work with all the Male Champions nationally. She has driven effective change with major corporates in Victoria to embed practical measures within their organisations, implementing various domestic/family violence policies including paid leave and further reintegrating survivors back into the workforce. This work has broadened the nations understanding of family violence and how it is a workplace responsibility.
Kristy has partnered Victoria Police in an education reform, developing a mandated family violence dynamic module e-learning package, which now educates from Superintendent ranks and below, equating to around 15,000 sworn members being trained after successfully highlighting gaps and failures in the family violence policing response.
Kristy has made outstanding contributions on a national scale, challenging everyone to play their part in preventing family violence. She has empowered many to speak out, gain assistance, and restored hope for individuals to live a life free from fear and violence and to seek equal opportunities.