About DVFREE | Stop Domestic Violence


DVFREE™ is brought to you by Shine (Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday). Shine established DVFREE™ in 2001 to improve the workplace response to domestic violence, after years of hearing many good and bad stories from our clients in employment about how their employer, domestic violence & the workplace either supported their safety or put them at greater risk of abuse. By that time, Shine had also worked with a number of employers who had approached us for help to support a staff member who was being abused.

Over the years, through DVFREE™, Shine has consulted with many organisations - companies, government departments and community organisations - to help develop appropriate and effective HR policy, and to provide training for staff to support and reinforce that policy. We have also supported a number of social service organisations to develop policies for identifying clients experiencing domestic violence and intervening safely and appropriately.

A decade ago, we often found that, even when senior managers we talked to were keen to implement DVFREE™, the staff who were tasked with implementing the programme did not recognise the impact of domestic violence on their staff as a major concern. But times are changing. Now, a growing number of employers – both senior managers and HR teams - recognise the impact of domestic violence on their workplace and want to help staff who are affected.

In response, we have developed the DVFREE™ Tick so that organisations can be recognized publicly for taking steps to ensure their workplace is safe and supportive for staff experiencing domestic violence. We also recently partnered with Westpac to develop an online workplace learning module that can be accessed for free through Shine’s website.Know more about our terms and conditions here.

Please contact us today to find out more about how we can help your workplace become DVFREE™. Please scroll down to read more about the Team that provides DVFREE™ services.

About Shine

Founded in 1990, Shine is a leading specialist domestic violence organisation. Shine provides a range of effective, practical services to stop domestic violence, support victims and reform those using violence. Thousands of adult and child victims are supported every year to become safe and stay safe. Shine also delivers training programmes to a wide range of audiences, utilizing our expertise based on decades of experience working with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

Most of Shine’s trainers have significant clinical experience in working with victims and/or people who use violence directly. Shine's training consistently receives positive feedback from participants.

Shine training programmes range from brief awareness-raising sessions to an intensive two-day training, and our six-day internal training for staff and volunteers, as well as training delivered through our DVFREE™ programme and our Shine in School programme. Through a partnership with the Ministry of Health, we support NZ District Health Boards and accredit their trainers to deliver training on family violence and child abuse intervention.

Read more about Shine. Please scroll down to read more about the Team that provides DVFREE™ services.

Our Team

Holly Carrington
DVFREE & Policy Advisor

Holly Carrington is Shine's DVFREE & Policy Adviser, based in Wellington since April 2018. She has led the development of the DVFREE programme in recent years, including the DVFREE Tick workplace accreditation and DVFREE Guidelines on Policy & Procedures, as well as marketing and PR. She was previously Shine's Communications & Marketing Manager and prior to that Partnerships & Training Director. She originally joined Shine in 2000 and was part of the senior leadership team from 2003. Since that time, she has delivered domestic violence training - including to judges, police, corporates, and many others; researched and written Shine policy submissions; and been a media spokesperson on tv, print and radio. Her Shine experience has also included advocacy for domestic violence victims and facilitating for Shine's non-violence programmes for perpetrators of domestic violence. Holly previously worked in fundraising, advocacy, and community development with various not-for-profits in her native California.

Margaret Fitzgibbon

Margaret Fitzgibbon has been a DVFREE Coordinator and Senior Trainer for Shine since June 2019. Margaret has over 20 years of experience working in not-for-profit organisations as a trainer and coach for adult learners. Her various roles have involved the building of capacity of families; programme management and community development, and community consultation and integration. Throughout these roles she has worked directly with families experiencing domestic violence, and has recognized that education is a vital part of a multi-faceted community approach to create violence-free communities. Previously, Margaret worked for HIPPY (Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters) for 17 years, most recently as a Manager for Great Potentials Foundation/HIPPY NZ, training, supporting and advising 41 HIPPY Site Coordinators throughout New Zealand. During this time she developed a comprehensive training package for HIPPY NZ and completed a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education.

Jacki Rowles
DVFREE Coordinator & Senior Trainer

Jacki is a Senior Trainer for DVFREE and Shine since March 2020. She has worked extensively in the area of family violence, as well as restorative justice, counselling, group facilitation and coaching. Jacki spent eight years at North Harbour Living Without Violence, in clinical and counselling roles working with women and children who experienced domestic violence, including as the Children’s Programme Coordinator, as well as working with women who used violence against their partners. Jacki has also worked for a number of years with corporates as a Trainer and Executive Coach providing personal and professional development programmes through the Institute of Management New Zealand (IMNZ), and as a coach for Massey University MBA students. During this time she became New Zealand’s locally qualified Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness trainer of the Google-born ‘Search Inside Yourself’ Programme. She has an undergraduate degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Art Therapy.

Jill Proudfoot
Senior Trainer

Jill Proudfoot is a Senior Trainer for Shine. She retired in June 2018 after working for Shine since 2001, and for the last nine years as Shine Client Services Manager. She now delivers training on behalf of Shine as a contractor. She started working for Shine in frontline roles including work with adult victims, child victims, and men who used violence against their partners and family. Over the years, Jill has delivered family violence training to a range of audiences including judiciary, police, doctors, social workers, etc. and has presented at many conferences and seminars. Jill was part of Shine’s Senior Management Team from 2008 when she began overseeing all frontline services in the role of Client Services Manager. As Shine’s primary media spokesperson, Jill was frequently interviewed and quoted by print, radio and television media. She was a member of the Starship Child and Youth Mortality Review Group 2010-18, and was a member of the Ministry of Social Development Expert Design Group working on the Capability Framework for the Sexual Violence and Family & Whanau Violence workforce. She has a Bachelor of Social Practice majoring in counselling.

Bronwyn Kerr
DVFREE Trainer

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Ko Bronwyn Kerr tōku ingoa

Bronwyn Kerr is a DVFREE Trainer, based in Wellington. Bronwyn has worked around the issues of domestic and sexual violence for over 10 years, including crisis work, facilitating healing programs, and in restorative justice. She has been involved in community training programmes on the issue of domestic violence for most of that time, including training Women's Refuge volunteers, and up-skilling faith leaders to respond better to abuse issues within their communities. Bronwyn also runs Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshops, and is passionate about addressing colonisation as an underlying form of violence. Bronwyn holds language qualifications from Chinese universities, a Masters in Social Work, and postgraduate diplomas in Business Studies, te reo Māori and Kaitiakitanga (bicultural supervision).

Rachel Williamson
DVFREE Trainer

Rachel Williamson is a DVFREE Trainer, based in Christchurch. She has a long association with Shine, dating from 2005 when she volunteered as an advocate working with domestic violence victims, before becoming an employee. In her staff role, she worked with Shine advocates to produce research reports and other written information for Shine clients and external audiences. Since then, she has also worked as an English and Media Studies teacher in a number of secondary schools and been an external examiner for NCEA. She has also been a tutor, guest-lecturer, and marker at tertiary level. Rachel holds a postgraduate diploma in secondary teaching, a Masters degree in English and Women's Studies, and is currently undertaking her PhD. She has presented her research at international conferences and has a forthcoming book chapter in an academic collection.