About Ricky Hunter & Associates
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Member of the International Council of Professional Therapists (ICPT) Reg No RH/051012/31148/AU
Ricky Hunter & Associates was conceived after Ricky wrote her first book, which was launched in 2006 by the now Governor General Quentin Bryce AC. Ricky realised there was a niche audience that could be filled by sharing experiences of domestic violence with health professionals and others who wanted to learn about DV from a survivor’s perspective. Our first workshop was in Bundaberg in 2007 and we haven’t looked back. As of January 2015 our small team with our professional associates have presented nearly 150 workshops in New Zealand and Australia and many guided discussions for survivors. We have been supported by hundreds of truly committed professionals from a broad range of disciplines along our journey.
Our small team consists of our professional associates, Dr Dawn Macintyre (Spinks) Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist of Spinks & Associates, and Counsellor and Corporate Trainer, Jan Sky, of Executive State Identification and Tracy Cerff, Counseller and Lecturer from Serene Care Counselling. From time to time, we have guest speakers such as Louise McOrmond-Plummer, author and international authority on the subject of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. We have been generously supported by research made freely available to us from Cathy Kern, Policy Analyst / Privacy Officer, Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, Dr Frank Ascione from Utah State University, Dr Allan Wade, Dr Michael Flood and Lois A. Herman from the Womens United Nations Reporting Network who supplies us with the latest up-to-date research on violence against women on the global stage.
We salute the many hundreds of women’s agencies who have supported us on our journey by hosting our workshops in the past five years and their passion to make a difference.
Ricky Hunter is a staunch advocate and supporter of the Pets in Crisis Project run by the RSPCA in Brisbane Australia and educates delegates at workshops about the link between pet abuse and domestic violence.
The unique icon in the heading banner was created from this photo of my late son’s bush hat. My son died in his sleep in the early morning of June 18th 2007. He really was victim of domestic violence, one of the many statistics that will never be reported. The flowers behind the hat represent the beautiful person that he was, full of life, colour; unique and truly precious. The flowers so delicate in design and so appealing to the eye, remind me of his endearing qualities, much to be admired. He loved the colour red. His biggest ambition was to be a fireman. I take his hat to all my workshops and we talk about his struggles in life – it is my journey to healing from such an enormous loss, you see he was my life! From loss we can heal but the most important thing is what we learn from that loss. His life touched many people and his story in print and now on DVD will touch many hearts in the future.