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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.

CEO: Karen Bevan

Karen Bevan

Karen has more than 30 years’ experience working across not-for-profit organisations, government and research institutions in roles including executive leadership, strategy, advocacy, research, training, service delivery and community development.

Since 2020 Karen has been a consultant working on a broad range of projects, training and coaching with clients including the Australian Centre for Child Protection, Department of Social Services, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, NCOSS, Life Without Barriers, Legal Aid, Women’s Justice Network, Women Up North and Domestic Violence Service Management.

Karen was previously CEO of Playgroup NSW and Girl Guides Australia. She held Executive roles as General Manager – Community Service Delivery with SSI and Director – Social Justice at UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families. In 2022 she was the Executive Officer to the Independent Inquiry into Foster Care in South Australia.

Karen is currently the Chair of Mary’s House Services, a philanthropically funded domestic violence service in Sydney. She is a past president of the NSW Council of Social Services and previously sat of the boards of Youth Law Australia, the Intellectual Disability Rights Service and the Australian Council of Social Service.

Director Clinical and Client Services: Tara Hunter

Tara Hunter FSA Bio

Tara Hunter is based on Gadigal Land (Sydney) and is the Director of Client and Clinical Services at Full Stop Australia, first established in the 1970s and now one of the country’s most recognised sexual, domestic and family violence response services.

With a Master of Social Work and various workplace training and family dispute resolution certifications, Tara’s approach to leadership is trauma-informed and backed up by over 20 years of experience in the sector, from front-line client work to high-level strategic advisory roles.

Having managed sexual assault support services within the public health network system, led and mentored teams of clinicians through complex caseloads, spoken publicly and in parliament on key law reform matters, including sexual consent, Tara offers an important client-centred approach to the national conversation on ending violence and abuse.

Tara is committed to building stable and reliable trauma-specialist systems that support clients and front-line workers, while also addressing the underlying systemic and social causes of gender-based violence.

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.