Interact Support because sometimes peace needs a helping hand

Having trouble with family conflict issues

Are you finding it hard to get the accurate information and practical help you need with family relationship issues?

We can help. Our programs are designed to help you to resolve your family disputes and conflict and to prevent family violence.

We can help you to sort it out one way or another.

 

Our ServicesNew Ways Training

Technology

We make use of technology when and how we can to keep costs low and make our services accessible.

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Communication

Improving communication is central to everything we do. Our goal is to empower clients with knowledge and skills.

Problem Solvers

We work in collaboration with other services when and how we can to make sure clients can access the best and most cost effective services available.

Support

We all need compassion, respect and support no matter what.  We work with family members to make sure that you have the support in place you need to be OK and to be OK as parents.

Our Vision for the future

Our Vision

Our Vision is that everyone in Australia has the skills and desire to relate with other people in a respectful way.

That they have the ability and desire to achieve their goals in life without causing harm to others, especially their family members.

We are working towards this goal by providing services to help people leave harmful relationships.

We are also working towards helping people to develop healthy interpersonal communication and emotional intelligence giving them the skills they need to develop healthy relationships.

Why the dove? Because sometimes peace needs a helping hand.

Our Story

Interact Support is a not-for-profit established by a group of Family Lawyers and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners in 2015 to help reduce family violence by overcoming gaps in the Family Law system.

Our mission is to reduce the harm caused by interpersonal conflict and violence. We support programs that help people to deal with family law issues and interpersonal conflict.

One of our high priorities is in helping to reduce the cost and harm associated with family law disputes. We are a secular, community based not-for-profit organization working on social enterprise principals delivering service excellence driven by our focus towards the needs of our clients.

We work with our clients, other professionals and service providers to design, develop and deliver services that meet the specific unmet needs of our client groups.

New programs are often being developed, trialed and implemented if they achieve good outcomes for clients.

We also actively invite professionals who have aligned services to contact us to discuss a collaboration if the services align with our mission of preventing, reducing and resolving family conflict and violence.

Our Values

Values are the things that a person or group believe are important. The values that Interact Support holds most dear are:

  • Respect – for people’s rights and wishes. We work with our clients to make sure they understand their rights and obligations under Family Law and also to understand their goals and ambitions for themselves and their families.
  • Effectiveness – we want our services to deliver what they promise and encourage and respond to feedback from clients.
  • Transparency and Confidentiality – many of our services are confidential with our clients controlling what information is released. Within that understanding that people have the right to determine what information they share we are very clear and upfront about our services, legal obligations regarding full disclosure in property matters and situations that may lead to us breaking confidentiality in order to protect people and property. What you say to us is safe unless you are not safe to others.
  • Collaboration – collaboration means different people working together to achieve a shared goal. Whenever we can we collaborate with other services and encourage our clients to establish shared goals and collaborate on achieving them.
  • Innovation – we are constantly looking for new ways to improve the quality of our services and to find new ways to assist our clients. While we use systems and processes to ensure that our services are effective we’re always looking for ways to improve and innovate.

Leadership Team

All leaders and Interact Support Practitioners are independently accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners.

Joanne Law

Joanne Law

Founder and CEO

Joanne is one of the founders of Interact Support. Establishing the not-for-profit is part of her mission to  reduce interpersonal conflict and prevent violence in the homes and workplaces of  Australia.

Her role as CEO was confirmed in 2018 to reflect her senior executive position with Interact Support.

Joanne is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator with a background as a General Manger in training organisations and as a life, business and executive coach.

Her passion is to educate and empower people to create and live happy, fulfilling and peaceful lives.

Joanne is based in Melbourne but manages a team of Interact Support Practitioners nationally.

Direct client work is limited by her other roles and delivered through Video Meeting and phone and face to face from the Interact Support office in Bentleigh East by appointment.

Listen to a personal message from Joanne Law

Paul Kenna

Paul Kenna

Founder, Director and Legal Advisor

Paul is a co-founder of Interact Support, director and our legal advisor.

He is an experienced Family Lawyer who was moved to create Interact after observing the issues for people attempting to navigate the Family Law minefield.

Paul provides leadership and program development services, supervision and legal advice for our organisation.

He is based in Melbourne and does face to face consultations from our Bentleigh East office as well as over the phone or web meeting.

Ken Speakman

Ken Speakman

Queensland Program Manager

Ken joined the Interact Support leadership Team in our second year of operation.

He is a mentor for other mediators and provides our local support for our Queensland operations.

Ken is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Ken is based in Brisbane but works with clients nationally through Video Meeting and phone.

Queensland Team

All Interact Support Practitioners are independently accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners with additional training provided by Interact Support in delivering our innovative services.

Ken Speakman

Ken Speakman

Queensland Program Manager

Ken joined the Interact Support leadership Team in our second year of operation.

He is a mentor for other mediators and provides our local support for our Queensland operations.

Ken is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Ken is based in Brisbane but works with clients nationally through Video Meeting and phone.

Franca Dimarco

Franca Dimarco

Interact Support Practitioner

Franca is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

She is a psychologist

She’s based in the Cairns, North Queensland and delivers services for Interact Support via Video Meeting and Phone as well as face to face by appointment.

Cynthia Brooking

Cynthia Brooking

Interact Support Practitioner

Cynthia is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator.

She has extensive experience working with clients from all different backgrounds including refugees and troubled youth. She has first hand experience with what can happen to children when families get it wrong when separating and divorcing.

Cynthia is based in Brisbane but works with clients nationally through Video Meeting and phone.

NSW Team

All Interact Support Practitioners are independently accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners with additional training provided by Interact Support in delivering our innovative services.

Terence Corkin

Terence Corkin

Interact Support Practitioner

Terence is an Interact Support Practitioner and NMAS Accredited Mediator.

His approach is based on respect and support people to find their own solutions for their situation. He brings a calm but strong presence and good interpersonal skills to the mediation or other service he is providing. He knows that there is always a way through so that the participants can be successful in finding agreement.

His qualifications and experience include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Legal Studies before completing his Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution to become a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Terence is based on the South Coast of NSW but works with clients nationally through Video Meeting and phone.

Download Terence’s Interact Support CV

Gill Enterkin

Gill Enterkin

Interact Support Practitioner

Gill is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

She has a background as a teacher.

She’s based in the Blue Mountains in NSW and delivers services for Interact Support via Video Meeting and Phone as well as face to face by appointment.

Client Feedback

We post client feedback to provide recognition to our practitioners but do not provide indication of names, genders or details of the clients to protect their confidentiality.

I did want to say how impressed I was with Gill and her very professional, calm and supportive manner.

Client following a video pre-mediation session with Gill

ACT Team

All Interact Support Practitioners are independently accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners with additional training provided by Interact Support in delivering our innovative services.

Brad Marler

Brad Marler

Interact Support Practitioner

Brad is an Interact Support Practitioner located in Canberra in the ACT.

Brad is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator.  He has a Bachelor of Laws and is undertaking his Masters of Laws (Legal Practice) with the ANU

Brad is based in the ACT but works with clients nationally through Video Meeting and phone.

He works with clients who meet our criteria for face to face meetings by appointment.

 

Victorian Team

All Interact Support Practitioners are independently accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners with additional training provided by Interact Support in delivering our innovative services.

Joanne Law

Joanne Law

Interact Support Practitioner and Mentor

Joanne is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator with a background in change management and education.

She provides services for Interact Support generally in the role of mentor working in a co-mediation model with trainees and new practitioners.

Her passion is to educate and empower people to create and live happy, fulfilling and peaceful lives.

Direct client work is limited by her other roles and delivered through Video Meeting and phone and face to face from the Interact Support office in Bentleigh East by appointment.

 

Paul Kenna

Paul Kenna

FDRP and Lawyer

Paul is a co-founder of Interact Support, director and our legal advisor.

Paul provides Legal Advice and Strategy sessions and a neutral lawyer inclusive Family Dispute Resolution service.

He is based in Melbourne and does face to face consultations from our Bentleigh East office as well as over the phone or web meeting.

Cathy Johnston

Cathy Johnston

Interact Support Practitioner

Cathy is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Cathy has a deep understanding of the issues experienced by families impacted by mental health issues. She also has worked extensively with indigenous people and others from diverse backgrounds and provides culturally appropriate facilitation.

Cynthia is based in Gippsland in the Latrobe Valley but works with clients nationally through Video Meeting and phone.

South Australian Team

All Interact Support Practitioners are independently accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners with additional training provided by Interact Support in delivering our innovative services.

Ursula Najar

Ursula Najar

Interact Support Practitioner

Ursula is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Nationally Accredited Mediator and professional counsellor.

She provides services for Interact Support in addition to running her own practice, Juno Consulting Adelaide.

Her qualifications include Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution, Certificate IV in Mediation, Diploma of Counselling, Certificate IV in Telephone Counselling through lifeline and with advance study majors in Child Development and Effective Parenting, Abuse, Grief and Loss and Workplace Counselling.

 

 

 

Western Australian Team

All Interact Support Practitioners are independently accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners with additional training provided by Interact Support in delivering our innovative services.

Breanna Catania

Interact Support Practitioner

Breanna is an Interact Support Practitioner located in Perth, Western Australia.

Breanna is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator.  She is an experienced Family Lawyer however practices exclusively as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner at this time.

Breanna is based in Perth but works with clients nationally through Video Meeting and phone and face to face by appointment.

 

Jo-Anne McNamara

Interact Support Practitioner

Jo-Anne is an Interact Support Practitioner located in Perth, Western Australia.

Jo-Anne is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator.

She provides Family Dispute Resolution and other services for Interact Support as well as through her private mediation practice, ADRMAS Mediation.

 

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