Former lawyer, speechwriter and ministerial staffer, Elena Campbell has worked in social and legal policy for nearly twenty years. Starting her career in private legal practice, Elena developed a detailed understanding of the impacts of family violence on individual clients. Ten years’ experience as legal adviser to the Victorian Attorney-General then saw Elena gain extensive experience of the way in which legislation, policy and mechanisms of the justice system interact, as well as of the political considerations involved. Advising primarily on equal opportunity, human rights, family violence and other areas of social justice reform, Elena then worked as a consultant writer and editor for a range of organisations, including the Australian Human Rights Commission, where she contributed to a number of major reports in relation to gender equality.
Now an Associate Director at RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Justice, Elena is also the author of a number of the CIJ’s reports, including Opportunities for early intervention: bringing perpetrators of family violence into view, which has gained significant traction at both a state and national level. Elena is currently overseeing a diverse range of research for the CIJ, including leading an ANROWS funded project, Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home – the PIPA Project, a multijurisdictional study on the prevalence and response to young people’s use of family violence. She is also leading work to support the implementation of recommendations from Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence, including work to map the roles and responsibilities of agencies and services in relation to perpetrator interventions.