Our Vision

A community free from family violence, where everyone feels safe.


Christine Mathieson


As a transformational leader with extensive professional experience across the community and public sectors, Chris is deeply committed and motivated in preventing and reducing all forms of family violence and abuse against victim-survivors. She is also passionate about addressing the structural and systemic inequities that discriminate against women and leading a feminist organisation to achieve the necessary change.

With a proven track record in leading organisational change focussed on culture and building engaged and vibrant teams, Chris will strategically lead EDVOS through the next phase of growth and development, with a focus on building innovative and progressive family violence service initiatives.

Previously, Chris was Chief Executive Officer at Expression Australia (formerly Vicdeaf and Tasdeaf) leading transformational change of this iconic organisation during a period of unprecedented policy an funding reforms, including the NDIS. Other key leadership roles include, Director for the office for Disability and Director Office for Women’s policy in the Victorian state government. Chris is currently Deputy Chair, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival as was previously, Chair Victorian Division, National Disability Services (NDS) and Director NDS Board.

Sandie de Wolf AM


BA(hons),Dip Soc Stud, Master in Human Service Management and FAICD. Sandie has spent her professional life working with and advocating for, vulnerable children, young people, women and families, initially in the Department and since 1989, the community sector.

Sandie was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009, received the Robin Clark Inspirational Award (2008), the Vida Goldstein Award(2001), a La Trobe University Distinguished Alumni Award(2017) and is a life member of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare(2001) and VCOSS(2017).

Sandie left Berry Street in December 2017 after 26 years as CEO having significantly grown its reach, impact and reputation.

Since leaving Berry Street, Sandie has continued her contribution through the Interim CEO role at DVVIc (Dec 2018-June2019), the Deputy Chair of the Victorian Children’s Council (since 2007), the Chair of the Western Integrated Family Violence Committee, as a member of the boards of Family Planning Victoria and Kilfinan, and the Suitability and DET Safety and Well-being Panels.

Sandie feels honoured to be able to help EDVOS continue its critical work.

Margaret Hodge


Margaret is a Clinical Family Therapist (AAFT), Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) from Monash University, a Master of Counselling and Human Services from LaTrobe University and is on the Board of the International Family Therapy Association as the Australian representative.

Margaret is a Clinical Family Therapist (AAFT), Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer,  holds a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) from Monash University, a Master of Counselling and Human Services from LaTrobe University and is on the Board of the International Family Therapy Association as the Australian representative.

She is currently in private practice and has a diverse role in the provision of training, supervision and practice predominantly in the area of Family Violence.  She has spent many years working with families in crisis in the Outer East, facilitating Men’s Behaviour Change Programs throughout Melbourne and interventions with male perpetrators generally in the counseling and therapeutic context. Her main focus in her work is to ensure safe outcomes for women and children.

Margaret has been on the Board of EDVOS for the past fifteen years, taken time away in between commitments, and returned three years ago in her current role.  She is a supervisor with the No To Violence organization, delivers training with Relationships Australia and is a Family Therapist counseling families in conflict.

Margaret has a high regard for EDVOS and the work that it delivers in ensuring the safety of women and children and is appreciative of the opportunity to be part of its ongoing development.

Tony Pititto


Tony has over thirty-five years of experience overseeing external audits in various industries and not for profit organisations.

Tony is currently a senior partner with Grant Thornton where he is responsible for the provision of statutory audit, due diligence and advisory services.

Tony is a Fellow, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Commerce. Tony is committed to the reduction of incidence of family violence and promoting a happy family environment.

Sonia Sharp


Sonia has over thirty years of public service experience including seventeen years as a senior executive in regional and state government. Sonia’s background in teaching, child psychology and research informed her contribution to significant reform to integrate services for vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Sonia has been recognised internationally for her pioneering work on prevention practices in the UK which saw the introduction of joint screening teams for family violence reports between police and child protection.

Sonia currently works as a consultant with Ernest and Young and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Honorary Senior Fellow, Department of Education, University of Melbourne; Doctor of Philosophy (Educational Psychology), University of Sheffield UK; Master of Science (Education Psychology), University of Sheffield UK; Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Aston Birmingham UK and Bachelor of Science (Honours), Human Communication and Linguistics, University of Aston Birmingham UK.

Denise McLaughlin


Denise is a highly experienced leader and operational manager having worked across the public sector for approximately 40 years. Prior to leaving the Department of Health and Human Service in late 2018 Denise was the Director Child Protection in the North Division for 10 years. She has held other executive level roles including management positions in disability services, youth justice, and local government, in addition to a 20 year career in teaching and program management with the Department of Education and Training.

Denise was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2018 for outstanding public service to the delivery of child protection services in Victoria, has been a champion of reform programs with the Victorian child protection system and a strong advocate for the development of Victoria’s child protection policies and programs which recognise and promote the critical importance of connection to family and culture for Aboriginal children and families. Denise is well regarded for her commitment to continuous improvement and social justice. 

Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, is a qualified mainstream and special education teacher, and completed the Company Directors’ Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2010 and the Australian and New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellows program in 2013.

Fay Daniel


Fay Daniel, a Police Officer for over thirty-four years, developed professional relationships with family violence support services in the eastern region as part of her involvement with the Eastern Family Violence Network and as the Police Family Violence Advisor. In 2007, Fay was appointed as the Manager of the Victoria Police Family Violence Unit where she was involved in the development of Victoria Police responses to victims and perpetrators of family violence.

After retiring from Victoria police in 2009, she returned to work for Victoria Police as a trainer developing and delivering family violence training for police recruits and continued in this role until 2016.

Since retiring from Victoria Police, Fay has been a casual trainer with Swinburne University delivering training on the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme, responded to perpetrators of family violence to both government and non-government services, supporting victims of family violence.

Being part of the EDVOS Board has enabled Fay to continue to support and work with EDVOS and continue to deliver an innovative and effective service to women and children experiencing family violence.

Lilia Szarski


Lilia Szarski’s thirty year career with Family Court and as a child and family psychologist has exposed her to the many issues of family violence and its impact upon families and especially children. Lilia’s background in Family Law and psychology offers insights into the complexity of family violence and the damaging impact it has on families. 

Lilia’s expertise has also assisted parliamentary inquiries into family law. Lilia has contributed to numerous conferences in Australia and overseas, including Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Boston, 2017; Vancouver 2008); International Family Law Conference (Kings College London, 2016); National Mediation Conference (Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast 2014).

Lilia has held several senior managerial roles in family court counselling and mediation services, with the most recent role as Clinical Supervision and trainer with Relationships Australia (Vic) and in Private Practice. Lilia holds qualifications in M.ED Psych, Grad Dip Psych, BA.

Sue Campion


Sue developed the National Standards for Family Violence and managed a number of Family Violence Services including Aboriginal Family Violence Programs.

Sue has an enduring commitment to working towards a society free from family violence. Prior to being a Director on the EDVOS Board, Sue held various governance positions including the Women’s Legal Service Board. Sue believes that EDVOS provides best practice across all of its programs and is responsive to the needs of families experiencing family violence and is committed to seeing this continue. Sue is a Lawyer, specializing in Criminal, Family and Family Violence Law.

Prue Monument


Prue Monument has extensive governance expertise and is currently the Executive Director of Regulatory Operations at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). In this role, Prue oversees TEQSA’s quality assurance work and regulation of Australia’s higher-education sector. Prue joined TEQSA in June 2019, prior to this, Prue was the Director of Compliance at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) where she was responsible for the ACNC’s Compliance directorate focused on identifying and investigating abuse and mismanagement in Australia’s charity sector and helping charities build their governance capabilities.

Prue has over 18 years of Public Sector experience and holds an Executive Master of Public Administration.

Prue’s earlier career was with the Australian Border Force and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia, Shanghai and Beirut with a focus on program integrity, compliance and fraud prevention.

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EDVOS is the specialist family violence service in Melbourne’s Eastern Region.

We provide a broad range of integrated services to support women and children who are responding to family violence.

We prioritise the safety of women and children as a fundamental human right whilst working to ensure perpetrators are held accountable for using violence.


  • PO BOX 698 Ringwood VIC 3134
  • 03 9259 4200
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    M-F:9am-8pm & Sat:9am-5pm
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