CONFERENCE – Lessons from the Duluth Model and Beyond: Developing Coordinated Community Response in Australia


The conference will help local, regional and state-based systems to strengthen coordination and collaboration, protect victim survivors and hold perpetrators accountable.

When: 2nd May – 4th May (2.5 days)

Where: St Kilda Town Hall (99A Carlisle St, St Kilda)

Cost: $850 + GST

Program: DRAFT Duluth Conference Program


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Presenters Include:

Melissa Scaia

MPA, Director of International Training at Global Rights for Women, Co-Founder of Domestic Violence Turning Points, and former executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs – “the Duluth Model”

In her position at GRW, Melissa brings a wealth of experience as the recent former executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), also known as “the Duluth Model.”  Prior to working in Duluth as the executive director and a trainer on “the Duluth Model” for many years, she was the executive director of Advocates for Family Peace (AFFP) for 17 years.  AFFP is a local multi-county domestic violence program that provides advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing, batterers intervention program (BIP), and supervised visitation program. She has also organized and lead two Coordinated Community Response(CCR) programs to address domestic violence. Melissa has co-facilitated groups for men who batter and women who use violence in Duluth, St. Louis County, and Itasca County, Minnesota.

Melissa was on the leadership team that developed and produced Duluth’s most recent development of its CCR, entitled, “Duluth Blueprint for Safety.”   In her work at GRW, she plans and conducts training on organizing and developing a CCR and partners with NGOs and communities across the globe to develop training curricula.

Melissa trains on the following topics:

  • Developing and organizing a CCR
  • Addressing women’s use of violence in a CCR
  • Advocacy for victims of domestic violence
  • Facilitating men’s behavior change programs
  • Facilitating women’s non-violence programs
  • Parenting by men who batter
  • Supervised visitation in cases of domestic violence

Melissa also provides expert witness testimony in cases of domestic violence.

Graham Barnes

New Zealand, former Duluth Men’s Program Facilitator and Trainer

Graham Barnes is Shine’s Senior Trainer and DVFREE Workplace Coordinator in New Zealand. Initially trained as a teacher, Graham has a BSW, and has worked to stop domestic violence since 1986. In Aotearoa/NZ, he set up the first men’s stopping violence programs, then worked on a national inter-agency pilot in Hamilton, based on the Duluth model. Moving to Minnesota in 2001, he worked in Duluth at DAIP, then in Auckland with Shine, developing its workplace domestic violence project. After 13 years of national and international training and technical assistance work for the Battered Women’s Justice Project  in Minneapolis, he returned to Aotearoa, New Zealand In 2016. 

Graham trains on the following topics:

  • Developing and organizing a CCR
  • Facilitating men’s behavior change programs

Judge Shaun Floerke

District Court Judge in Duluth, Minnesota

Judge Floerke was appointed to the bench July 2004. Before taking the bench he served as a lead prosecutor, litigation attorney in a private law firm, and as a senior attorney in government civil litigation.

Judge Floerke founded and presides over a DWI problem-solving court, serves as Co-Chair of the Minnesota Drug Court Initiative and is a past member of the Minnesota Judicial Council, the governing body for the judiciary in Minnesota.

Judge Floerke trains judges and other professionals on domestic violence issues nationally with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and also with Duluth’s Domestic Abuse Intervention Program (DAIP)) – known as “the Duluth Model. He is a faculty member and trainer for the National Center for DWI Courts. He was awarded a judicial leadership award by Minnesota Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 2011 for his work addressing drunk driving.

Judge Floerke trains on the following topics related to domestic violence:

  • Enhancing Judicial Skills in cases of domestic violence
  • Role of the judiciary in a CCR
  • Judicial skills in cases of domestic violence and supervised visitation

Laura Goodman

Deputy Chief of Police (RET), MA
Laura Goodman served in criminal justice for 35 years as a police officer, sergeant and deputy chief of police in major metropolitan police departments, as the Ombudsman for Crime Victims for the State of Minnesota, and as Director of Public Safety for an urban university.  Her work has focused on reducing violence against women and children, increasing the representation of women in police leadership roles and teaching officers how to effectively engage victims and hold offenders accountable for their behaviour.
Laura is the 2017 Recipient of the Dr. Lois-Higgins Grote Heritage Award – which is the highest honour from the International Association of Women Police.


Laura Goodman has expertise in the following areas

  • Recruiting and Retaining Women in policing
  • Ethics and Leadership
  • Gender Equality
  • Victim Engagement
  • ​Strategic Management

Kay Arola

Executive Director, Arrowhead Regional Corrections (ARC)

Kay has over 40 years of experience as a corrections professional. She developed and Supervised the first domestic violence specific probation caseload in northern Minnesota. She has managed a domestic violence probation caseload most of her career. As a supervisor she has developed domestic violence policies. She is a member and former President of the Minnesota Association of Community. In addition, she is the former regional representative and Vice President of the Minnesota Corrections Association. She has trained for national and international audiences on supervising a domestic violence corrections caseload.

Kay Arola trains on:

  • Addressing domestic violence through corrections and community-based probation
  • Role of a probation officer in a coordinated community response


Lori Flohaug

Former prosecutor, public defender, private civil/family law lawyer, and judge for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Growing up in a family of eight children in a home ridden with extreme domestic violence, sexual violence, addiction, poverty, and mental illness, Ms. Flohaug focused on her own set of coping skills with an eye on creating a better life for herself and helping others.   Ms. Flohaug is the first in her family to graduate from college (when she was 27!) and is the only family member to attend Law School (after she was married and had a small child).  Ms. Flohaug has dedicated her twenty-year legal career to helping others in crisis; focusing on women and children, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Ms. Flohaug has worked as a domestic violence advocate, a Guardian Ad Litem, Legal Aid attorney, state prosecutor and state public defender and has recently been appointed to the Leech Lake Tribal Court bench to preside over Child Protection cases for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwa Indian Reservation.  Ms. Flohaug has served on numerous boards and committees, including Advocates for Family Peace, Legal Aid Services of Northeastern Minnesota, First Call for Help and Children’s Mental Health Services.

Lori Flohaug trains on the following topics:

  • Prosecuting cases of domestic violence,
  • role of prosecution in a CCR,
  • utilizing expert witnesses in cases of domestic violence,
  • judicial skills in indigenous communities addressing domestic violence


Scott Miller

Domestic Violence Intervention Programs and Coordinator of Coordinated Community Response programs for the Office of Violence Against Women – Duluth Minnesota

Scott Miller has worked for Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) since 2000.  Scott coordinates Duluth’s Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence, which piloted a demonstration project funded by OVW called the Blueprint for Safety.  Serving as both system advocate and coordinator of the men’s nonviolence program, he is instrumental in the evolving work being done in Duluth.  Scott trains nationally and internationally on the components of the Duluth Model of intervention and helps develop new resource materials and curricula for use in communities working to end violence against women.  Scott has also co-authored the new DAIP men’s nonviolence curriculum Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter.

Scott works independently as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials to explain how the tactics of abusers and the associated risks generated by battering are linked to the counterintuitive behaviors of victims.  Scott has testified in family court, state district court and federal/military court.

From 2001 to 2015, Scott was a contract trainer and forensic interviewer for First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center in Duluth.  Scott was responsible for conducting forensically sound interviews of children suspected of being physically or sexually abused as part of a criminal investigation.   Scott also trained nationally on how to conduct interviews with children and work from a multidisciplinary team approach in the investigation of child abuse.

Scott Miller has been working in the women’s movement since 1985.

Scott Miller trains on the following topics:

  • Facilitating groups with men who batter
  • Coordinating a Community Response (CCR) to domestic violence
  • Advanced facilitation skills with men who batter
  • Parenting by men who batter



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Terms and Conditions

A registered attendee may transfer a ‘Lessons from the Duluth Model and Beyond: Developing a Coordinated Community Response in Australia’ ticket to another individual for no extra cost (please email us their details including name, organisation and any specific dietary or accessibility requirements).
ShantiWorks will refund your ticket (excluding a $100 cancellation fee) if cancellation is received by Friday the 20th of April 2018 at 5pm. After Friday the 20th of April 2018 at 5pm, your ticket will unfortunately not be refunded.