Working Alongside People with Intellectual and Learning Disabilities

Biographies - Paperbag Lunch Forum: Intellectual Disability and Domestic Violence

Paperbag Lunch Forum: People with Intellectual Disability Living with Domestic and Family Violence
7th August 2015


Biographies of Speakers


Meryl Ehrenberg – Caboolture Regional Domestic Violence Service (CRDVS)

Meryl has worked in the Domestic & Family Violence sector for over 20 years, most of that time at CRDVS. Meryl is very passionate and committed in working for the prevention of violence against women and children. The CRDVS has recently opened offices in Pine Rivers and Redcliffe as part of its regional services.


Tamieka Treblico & Deb Turner

Tamieka has worked for Anglicare for about 4 years in various roles, from managing Alina Service and Anglican Women’s Hostel, and is now the Co-Ordinator of Anglicare Homelessness Services Women and Families. Deb has worked as key worker at Alina for 5 years as Case Manager and Senior Case Manager. Homelessness Services Women and Families - Alina Service, have recently started supporting Service Users with Therapeutic Models based on Trauma Informed Practice, Recovery Orientated Practice and Housing First principles. The understanding of trauma and its impact, the real and individual journey of recovery and the needs of safety within stable housing are part of what HSWF believe to be the basis in assisting people to re build their lives.

In responding to Domestic & Family Violence Alina Service (who work with families and singles who have intellectual disabilities)  have found these frameworks to be useful tools on the journey from trauma to recovery.

Sue Salthouse

Sue Salthouse has worked in the area of social justice since 1996, playing an active role in the systemic advocacy for women with disabilities. She lives in Canberra where runs her own consultancy company that specialises in work in the disability sector and conducts social research, policy analysis and advice in a number of areas beyond disability advocacy, including project development and management, conference facilitation and TAFE teaching. She has worked extensively with Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) to develop leadership training projects for women, including women in Aboriginal communities. She currently works hard in a voluntary capacity for Women with Disabilities ACT and Rights International (Australia).