Advanced Family and Domestic Violence Workshop

Course ID CQ190302_FAM1

  • Face to Face
  • 7
  • Advanced

As a practitioner actively working with clients impacted by family and domestic violence, it is critical to know the judicial process inside out to achieve desired outcomes for your client. This workshop will provide you with the skills and knowledge to practice at state level, with a focus on the intersection between family law, criminal law, federal jurisdiction, and child protection services.

This workshop will also look in-depth at the process of cross-examination, and will teach you best practices to apply immediately in the courtroom.


Join your workshop facilitator

Kath Manby, VM Family Law Principal, VM Family Law.


Scroll below for the full program outline

*For registrations of 3 or more from the same organisation you are eligible to receive a 10% discount off the full- price of the workshop when purchased in one transaction. Members of the Bar wishing to attend are entitled to a 10% discount off the full price of the workshop. Please contact Client Services on 02 9965 7111 or email to register (not to be used in conjunction with any other discount including alumni / member price).


Full Price $395.00

Alumni/Member Price $355.50


Start date:

29 March 2019

End date:

29 March 2019


8.30am - 5pm


The College of Law Queensland
Level 5, Wesley House
140 Ann St
Brisbane QLD 4000

About This Course


Attend this workshop and learn:

  • Discuss the role of Judicial Registrars and Magistrates
  • Cross-examination best practice
  • How to apply the rules of evidence to your case
  • Analyse domestic and family violence legislation and how it intersects with other relevant legislation
  • Apply the domestic and family violence rules to the benefit of your client
  • Advise your client though the appeals process
  • Learn what to do in the case of a criminal breach


This workshop is designed to be interactive, and includes activities to reinforce your learning, and apply your skills immediately to practice.


Designed for

This workshop is designed for experienced family lawyers and criminal lawyers with 3+ years of practice, criminal prosecutors, and other practitioners actively working with clients impacted by domestic violence.

This course complies with the mandatory CPD requirements of Substantive law.



Presenter biography

Katherine Manby, Principal Family Lawyer, VM Family Law

Katherine began her career as a lawyer in England in 2004. Since moving to Queensland in 2007 she has had experience in both private law and legal aid in the area of violence prevention and women’s advocacy. It was her work as a Senior Lawyer in the Violence Prevention and Women’s Advocacy Team at Legal Aid Queensland, which inspired her to open her own practice, VM Family Law.

Katherine recognised a need for the legal process to be easier on the client and more accessible. Since opening her firm in July 2016, her work within the community has seen her nominated for the City of Ipswich Business Awards 2017 in three categories; New Business of the Year, Customer Service, and Business Person of the Year.

Kath has worked with clients on a broad range of matters, including parenting arrangements, domestic violence, child support, binding financial agreements, representation in court, property settlement, divorce and child support.

Working closely with domestic violence support services and legal partners, Katherine is able to undertake an extensive amount of Legal Aid and pro bono work. VM Family Law is now helping clients from all over Queensland and is planning to open a second office in Toowoomba in the near future. Katherine also hopes to able to further build her client base to support a legal clinic offering free advice, similar to a local community legal centre.