Ms Kristy McKellar

Photo of Ms Kristy McKellar 2017

Kristy McKellar is renowned in the family violence sector, both in Victoria and across the nation. She was named in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 2016 Awards’ ‘Top 100 Women of Influence’, and as the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards’ ‘2016 Agenda Setter of the Year.’

Kristy is a courageous survivor of family violence and an inspiring advocate and social change consultant who champions family violence reform and gender equality. Kristy is dedicated to improving the lives of others and has successfully challenged Victorians to take a stand against family violence.

Working with the government and police to help shape how the system can work better for victims

Kristy’s perspectives, shared through her work on various Victorian Government councils and taskforces, have provided clarity to law makers and policy developers on the impacts of family violence and its systemic inadequacies. This work has successfully led to implementation of new legislation in Victoria to better protect family violence victims, prioritise their rights over that of the perpetrators and to support women and children to live safer, healthier and happier lives.

Through her work to shape the first Male Champions of Change model, as well as her work with a number of corporate organisations in Victoria, Kristy has helped to embed practical measures and family violence policies within organisations, including paid leave. This work has broadened the Victorian community’s understanding of family violence and how it is also a workplace responsibility.

Influencing Australia’s leaders to create a national response to family/domestic violence, respect and equality

Kristy has made outstanding contributions on a national scale, challenging everyone to play their part in preventing family violence. She has empowered many women to speak out and seek support, and has given hope to many others to live a life free from family violence.

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