Professor Victoria Hovane is an Aboriginal woman from Broome in the Kimberley region of WA. She belongs to the Ngarluma, Gija and Gooniyandi peoples. Vickie has a PhD in Psychology aimed at informing a cultural dimension in psychological theories of sexual offending against children and also holds First Class Honours Degree in Psychology.
Vickie is an experienced consultant and practitioner having worked in a number of social welfare, legal, victim and offender services, research projects and advisory roles over the past 37 years. She is the Study Director in a national study aimed at understanding what it would take to address family violence effectively in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She is a Board member of the Aboriginal Family Law Service of WA, a member of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, the Advisory Panel to the WA Parliamentary Commissioner’s (Ombudsman’s) Child and FDV Death Review Committees, and the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health Forum supported by the National and State Mental Health Commissions. Vickie was a member of the recent COAG Advisory Panel on Preventing Violence against Women and their Children, and was previously a member of the WA Mental Health Advisory Council and Co-chaired the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association Steering Committee.