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Our staff and volunteers are passionate and committed individuals from different cultural and professional backgrounds determined to put a full stop to sexual, domestic and family violence.

Full Stop Australia Chief Executive Officer:
Hayley Foster

Hayley Foster has 20 years’ experience in policy, practice and law reform and is deeply passionate about putting evidence into action and working collaboratively to address sexual, domestic and family violence.

Hayley holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and postgraduate qualifications in Social Sciences, Financial Planning, and Family Disputes Resolution.

Throughout her career, Hayley has worked in frontline specialist sexual and domestic violence services, family law practice, family disputes resolution, accredited behaviour change, violence prevention, policy and law reform, and executive management.

She has worked across the business, social services, health, and justice sectors, with diverse population groups across metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Australia; advocating for inclusive change with a social justice lens.

Hayley is passionate about ending gender-based violence through evidence-to-action and system reform. She currently holds a number of national advisory positions to pursue this objective, including the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research Sexual Assault Advisory Panel, the Australian Institute of Criminology Advisory Group on Focused Deterrence and Intimate Partner Violence, and the Australian Government’s Advisory Group on the National Plan to End Domestic Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

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Full Stop Australia Counselling Services Director: Tara Hunter

Tara Hunter

Tara is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 20 years experience working in the NGO & health sectors, including managing a NSW Health hospital based sexual assault service that provides a 24/7 psychosocial and medical response for people who have experienced a recent sexual assault.

Tara has expertise in leading service & clinical responses to gender-based violence with a focus on client centred care & creating service systems that support clients and the workers that deliver their care.


Training and Professional Services Manager:
Marika Kontellis

Marika is a relationship manager. She knows how to push people out of their comfort zone and support them to participate in thinking to progress the common good.

She has highly developed facilitation skills and an intuitive style that brings the best out of people. She is strategic and can assess operating environments with ease.

Her frontline social work experience brings credibility to her leadership advice and her training of professionals and community members. Marika is a past member of the Disability Council of NSW, the Guardianship Tribunal of NSW and was an elected Local Government Councillor.

Marika Kontellis

Our staff

All clinical staff employed by Full Stop Australia are tertiary qualified and experienced psychologists, social workers or counsellors.

Our staff have regular clinical supervision, attend ongoing professional development and participate in an award winning vicarious trauma support program.