ICEBERG is a documentary that follows Kirrily Dear, founder of Run Against Violence, as she ran 860km across regional NSW to raise awareness and break the silence surrounding domestic violence within our communities. The documentary is being launched on 19 November 2015 at the Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney.

For the first time on film, ICEBERG gives voice to many facets of family violence and the difference we can all make in creating positive change.

"When I started my run I thought domestic violence had little to do with me; I'm not a victim of it, it was something that happened to other people. What we discovered out on the road was a very different reality. When people understand how far this problem reaches into our community, we know they will join us in taking steps to make the violence stop," says Kirrily Dear.

Sparke Helmore sponsored the film as part of its Six Degrees initiative and is hosting the premiere because the documentary is an important educational tool for organisations and schools to use. 

Kristina Miller, Patron of Six Degrees and Sparke Helmore Partner, said: "Domestic or family violence is not just a private or personal issue. One in six female workers in Australia experience family or domestic violence and it's important for those people to understand that they are not alone. We are proud to be supporting ICEBERG to raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of this complex and destructive problem. We value the work that the Run Against Violence team is doing and our whole firm is behind this project."

Following the screening of ICEBERG, a Q & A panel discussion will be held to assist audience members understand the steps they can take personally and within their communities and workplaces, to help bring an end to domestic and family violence. The panel will consist of people from all walks of life who have contributed to better outcomes for their community.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit In an emergency, call 000. For men seeking pathways to stop using violent and controlling behaviour please contact the Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491 or visit

Above: Kirrily running across Regional NSW to raise awareness about domestic violence. 

Media contacts:


Kirrily Dear, founder of Run Against Violence
t: +61 425 285 293 e:

Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Kristy Shardlow, Senior Communications Executive
t: +61 2 9373 3506 | e:


The Q & A panel members are:

Jerry Retford

Jerry previously used violence and is now an advocate for "Taking Responsibility", a behavioural change program conducted by Relationships Australia.

Dr Maria Nittis

Dr Nittis is the Department Head of the Forensic Medical Units at Nepean, Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals. Believed to be the only health department that provides forensic medical and nursing care to victims of domestic violence.

Inspector Sean McDermott

Insp. McDermott is the Manager of the NSW Police Domestic and Family Violence Team.

Max Gardner

Max is a recent graduate of the White Ribbon Schools program conducted at Tamworth High School.

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