Professor Jane Koziol-McLain (Chair)

Jane’s research in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Research and School of Health Care Practice, AUT (where she is currently located) focuses on improving the health system response to violence against women and children. Jane was awarded the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International Award for Excellence in Research in 2003 and inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in 2003. Her work documenting district health boards’ progress in developing a system response to women and children at risk of family violence contributed to the Ministry of Health’s violence intervention programme in 2007.


Dr Jacqueline Short (Deputy Chair)

Jackie is a Consultant Forensic and General Adult Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Otago, with a longstanding interest in the care of female mentally disordered offenders. She has chaired a national working party that produced a report on the standards of care for women in secure mental health services in New Zealand and is a former Chair of the national Women in Secure Care Committee. She has served on the Wellington Regional FVDR Panel, the Family Violence Intervention Programme steering group for Capital & Coast DHB, and is a former Chair of the Overseas Trained Psychiatrists Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a former executive committee member of the New Zealand branch of the Forensic Faculty of the College. 

Over the last 20 years, she has spoken at numerous conferences and events in UK, Australasia, Hong Kong and Peru, and facilitated workshops and seminars, mainly on female mentally disordered offenders. She has a particular interest in women who kill in the context of family violence. Jackie has been working with women at the Central Regional Forensic Mental Health Service in Porirua since her arrival from UK in September 2004 and is the visiting psychiatrist to Arohata Women's Prison in Tawa. She has taken over the FVDRC Chair role from Assoc Prof Julia Tolmie on 1 January 2017.


Assoc Prof Nicola Atwool

Nicola Atwool is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work at the University of Otago, teaching in the social work and Children’s Issues Centre programmes. She returned to academia at the beginning of 2012 having spent six years as a Principal Advisor in the Office of the Children's Commissioner. She previously worked at the University of Otago as a lecturer and senior lecturer in the social work programme from 1994 to 2005. Nicola has professional qualifications in social work and child and adolescent psychotherapy and was employed in a variety of roles by what is now Oranga Tamariki for nearly twenty years, before taking up an academic position. Research interests include attachment theory, resilience, the impact of trauma, the experience of children in care and social work intervention with children, young people and their families. 


Dr Fiona Cram

Fiona has tribal affiliations to Ngāti Pāhauwera on the east coast of Aotearoa. She has a background in social and developmental psychology and 25 years experience in research and evaluation in the fields of corrections and justice, with a specific interest in the impacts of IPV on women and their children. Fiona has been involved in the evaluation assessment of both community and government directed responses to Māori IPV and has an in-depth understanding of the determinants of Māori health and wellbeing. An over-riding theme in Fiona’s work is kaupapa Māori (by Māori, for Māori).


Prof Mark Henaghan

Mark Henaghan is a Professor at the University of Otago Faculty of Law and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Professor Henaghan specialises in all aspects of family law and is particularly interested in the prevention of domestic violence, as children’s rights, relationship property, medical law, and international family law, and the prevention of domestic violence and child abuse.

Professor Henaghan has written extensively on family law matters and he is the co-author of Family Law Policy in New Zealand (4th ed, LexisNexis, 2013) and joint author of Family Law in New Zealand (18th ed, LexisNexis, 2017), which are the leading New Zealand family law textbooks. Professor Henaghan is also the joint author of Relationship Property on Death (Thomson Brookers, 2004), which won the JF Northey prize for the best published law book in 2004 by legal academics in New Zealand. He is the sole author of Health Professionals and Trust: The Cure for Healthcare Law and Policy (Routledge, 2012) and Care of Children (LexisNexis, 2005). Professor Henaghan has also written more than 150 articles and book chapters on family law published in law journals and books around the world. His work has been extensively cited and across all levels of the New Zealand judiciary. He also provides legal advice on family law matters to lawyers and Barristers from New Zealand and overseas on a regular basis.


Dr Michael Roguski


Shayne Walker

Shayne Walker (Ngai Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Kahungunu) has been a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work at the University of Otago since 1996. He is a registered social worker and is the Chairperson of the Social Workers Registration Board. He has a strong practice background of working with tamariki and whānau in community organisations, youth-work and foster care. His research and teaching has focused on the nature of matauranga Māori (ways of knowing), ako Māori (the teaching and  learning of Māori knowledge),  Māori social services development and alternative care, child protection and Māori social work theory and practice.


David White

David White is the Family Violence Death Review Committee’s first consumer advisor, joining the Committee in early 2016. David's daughter Helen Meads was murdered by her partner Greg Meads in 2009. Since then, David has crusaded against family violence, advocating for victims and offenders, across the country, in schools, community groups, prisons and with government agencies raising awareness of the warning signs, in a bid to save others' lives. He works directly with victims and their families, and supports through the court system. He has taken his experience to Parliament and made submissions to select committee hearings.

David is a white ribbon ambassador, and is a trustee with Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and with his wife are raising his daughters' children. He has published two books about Helen, in which he outlines all aspects of family violence from a very personal experience, in order to raise awareness for victims, families and the community.

Last updated 16/10/2018