Kristi spent 10 years in the police force as a specialist child interviewer and a detective senior constable. When she retired from the force, Kristi believed there was a better way to help. By taking a proactive approach, rather than a reactive approach, she could help prevent child abuse and break the cycle of trauma that victims are so often subjected to.
In addition to her experience in the force, Kristi has appeared on TV and was an Online Safety Specialist. During this role, she presented to schools’ students from years 3-12 about staying safe online. She has also presented to many parents and teachers during this time.
More than just a presenter, Kristi is a facilitator - driving the message and bringing experts together. She is passionate about keeping kids safe and isn’t afraid to keep it real (prepare for some swearing from Kristi!).
At home, her family includes her 14-year-old daughter, a very supportive partner and two dogs. She is passionate about youth mental health and has mentored for Zero to Hero Youth Camp.
Kristi is excited to embark on her journey of discovery in this new venture for CAPE-AU.
CAPE-AU was founded in 2022 by former police officer, Kristi McVee, who spent a decade investigating child abuse cases and recognised that parents don’t have enough knowledge and education to protect their children. Kristi believed if she could teach parents what she knew, many more children would be safe.
The decade Kristi spent talking to kids about what had happened to them and not being able to stop it was so hard that Kristi had to walk away from the front line duties. What Kristi couldn’t walk away from was the pain she knew so many kids were suffering, and that she wanted to do everything in her power to prevent this pain from happening more.
The only way to stop child abuse from occurring is if we stop ignoring it, raise awareness and educate. We need to see it, hear it and get the message out in every way.
This is why CAPE-AU was founded. To provide an educational service for parents, caregivers and guardians around child protection and abuse prevention.