Deborah is passionate about improving the experience of women survivors of IPV in New Zealand. She has extensive front line experience working in the intimate partner violence sector including roles at the Auckland Family Court and the District Court as a victim adviser, a women’s advocate for an NGO and the family violence interagency network coordinator in Auckland for six years. Her more recent roles have involved more behind the scenes work including policy analyst at a sexual abuse agency, project manager in the Family Violence Unit (Ministry of Social Development) and independent research/writer. Deborah has a strong interest in improving the justice sector response to intimate partner violence with a particular focus on specialist domestic violence courts. Deborah has written papers on Specialist Domestic Violence Courts and female offenders in Auckland (2006, 2007 & 2009). Deborah co-wrote The Way Forward Report with Ruth Herbert in 2014 proposing an integrated system for New Zealand. Since early 2016 Deborah has been the Acting Manager for Inner City Women’s Group. Deborah has a MA in Education.