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Violence against women: ANROWS research to policy and practice

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 to Thursday, 25 February 2016 from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Our Presenters

This conference's focus was on harnessing and transmitting solution orientated research (ANROWS and approved Research)  to assist decision making and guide action. It will provide the platform to link researchers and policy makers, professionals, practitioners and other users to ensure an evidence based response to policy and practice. 

Researchers presented key findings which lead to facilitated discussions on how the findings are currently being used, and how they might inform future work. Policy-makers, practitioners and researchers shared experiences, ideas and advice on how research can drive policy development and service responses and practice..


Anne Edwards is a sociologist who has spent her professional career in universities in England, Victoria and South Australia. Her last appointment was Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University, from 2001-2007.

Her research interests included social policy, power and social inequality, women and gender issues, and ageing. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Since retiring from Flinders, she has taken on a variety of board positions. In addition to being Chair of the Board of ANROWS, these have included President of the Council on the Ageing SA, Deputy Chair of the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Co-Chair of the South Australian Premier’s Council for Women, and member of the board of Our Watch (the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children).


Heather Nancarrow has 30 years’ experience working on the prevention of violence against women, including direct service provision, policy and legislation, and research and professional development. Heather was the foundation Director of the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, a position she held from 2003 until her move to ANROWS.

Heather has held leadership roles at both the state and national level in regard to policy on the prevention of violence against women. Including Deputy Chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women, member of the Queensland Premier’s Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence, and current Co-Deputy Chair of the COAG Advisory Panel to reduce violence against women.

Heather has a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice with First Class Honours. Her primary research interests are justice responses to violence against women, particularly as they relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Presentation Slides

Award Winning Journalist
Investigative Journalist and Presenter "Hitting Home" ABC
Anchor, Four Corners ABC

Sarah will facilitate the Research to Policy panel discussion. She will also share her experiences of six months on the frontline of our national crisis and the ramifications of "Hitting Home".

Former Premier of Queensland; former Treasurer, Queensland

Anna Bligh was elected to the Parliament of Queensland, Australia in 1995. She became the first female Premier of the State in September 2007 and Australia’s first popularly elected female Premier when she won the 2009 Queensland State election in her own right. Ms Bligh served as Premier for almost 5 years, until March 2012. She came to this position after a long and distinguished political career during which she held ministerial responsibilities for a number of portfolios including, Education, Social Welfare, Arts, Economic and State Development, Infrastructure, Finance, Treasury and Deputy Premier.

Anna Bligh’s leadership came to national and international attention as she led the response and recovery effort to devastating natural disasters that crippled Queensland in January 2011.

Anna now lives in Sydney, where she is CEO of YWCA NSW a not-for-profit organisation working together with women, children, young people and their families to find the possible in their lives. Programs include supported playgroups, literacy and numeracy support, respectful relationships education, Big Brothers Big Sisters Programs, youth mentoring and leadership programs, right through to homelessness and domestic violence support services.

She is also on the Boards of Bangarra Dance Company and Medibank Private.

Board Director, Women's Health Victoria
Former Victorian Member of Parliament 

Candy Broad is a Board Director of Women's Health Victoria, a Board Director of Hepburn Community Wind Park Co-operative, and a Trustee Director of First Super.


Candy served in the Victorian Parliament from 1999 to 2014. Her Ministerial portfolios included Housing, Local Government, Energy and Resources, and Ports.

During her Parliamentary career Candy lead the development of more integrated government responses to the prevention of family violence in Victoria, and contributed to reforming Victoria's statutory framework for women's sexual and reproductive health choices.

Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
Global Co-Chair of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group
Former Ambassador for the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children

Elizabeth Broderick was appointed for a five year term as Sex Discrimination Commissioner in September 2007. The term was extended to September 2015. She was also the Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination from September 2007 until July 2011.

During her term, she has been committed to improving gender equality through her advocacy in preventing violence against women and sexual harassment, improving lifetime economic security for women, balancing paid work and unpaid caring responsibilities, promoting women’s representation in leadership and strengthening gender equality laws and agencies.

Principal, Kerry Chikarovski & Associates
Government Relations Advisor, Former NSW Liberal Leader  

One of the country’s most respected and admired former female politicians, Kerry 'Chika' Chikarovski, is a former New South Wales Liberal party leader and the first woman to lead a major political party in the state of New South Wales (1999-2002).

In 2003 Chika retired from politics and the following year launched her co-authored autobiography, Chika.

Her government relations business, Chikarovski & Associates, which she started in 2003, continues to achieve excellent results for her clients.
With her strong political background and vast experience in dealing with government and bureaucracy, Chika and herteam advise across a range of industry sectors on policy and regulatory issues, as well as in relation to major projects and procurements.

Today Chika is a highly sought after political and media commentator, keynote speaker, Master of Ceremonies, Board Director and Ambassador.

She is a Board Director of New South Wales rugby union, Waratahs rugby union, Adopt Change, Humpty Dumpty Foundation and Our Watch, and Chair of NSW women’s rugby union and Road Safety Education.
Chika is also a proud ambassador for The Eggtober Foundation, YWCANSW and the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF)

Principal Advisor – Indigenous Affairs
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Kerrie is Principal Advisor, Indigenous Affairs at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has held executive leadership positions in the Australian Public Service and Queensland public sector. Kerrie’s deep insight into people and how they function under the dynamic interaction between policy and systems have informed her work in public, private and community sectors for decades. She has been a trusted advisor to Government and is sought across the public service for her knowledge and insight dealing with cultural issues in a modern day context.

For the past twenty years Kerrie has focussed her efforts towards strengthening leadership and supporting people from all backgrounds to build better lives for themselves. Kerrie has represented Australian governments in the Philippines, United States and Canada and has been to China and Indonesia as part of an Australian Government sponsored executive leadership programme focussing on the dynamics of change in the region.

Kerrie also undertakes philanthropic activities where she leads workshops in Australia, as well as previously in South Africa, Israel and New Zealand, focused on developing leadership and ending racism. Kerrie is a graduate of the University of Queensland and was raised Kalkadoon in north-west Queensland.

University Fellow
Charles Darwin University

Eileen has long standing connections across NT Aboriginal communities, the Federal and NT Government after her time as a senior bureaucrat in the Aboriginal social policy area. Eileen ensures the research is developed according to the highest standards of research in Western and Aboriginal contexts, Eileen presents and publishes on the research outcomes with CDU researchers and supports the engagement of Aboriginal people as researchers in evaluation projects.

Eileen Cummings has acted as a member of the Evaluation of Social Policy Research team for several years. Since retiring Eileen has brought her considerable knowledge and leadership to the development of the methodologies within the team and leads the Aboriginal community engagement aspects of this work.

Eileen provides leadership and authority for the evaluation team to develop their work with Aboriginal communities, developing this research and improving the approaches used to evaluate Aboriginal social policy in the NT.

Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre
Chief Investigator, Lililwan Project

Ms June Oscar AO is a Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Crossing in the Central Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Recently Ms. Oscar was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia. The Award is a fitting national recognition of her significant personal contribution and long-term commitment to improving the lives of the people in the Fitzroy Valley.

Ms Oscar’s tireless devotion to preserving culture and protecting children has given her a prominent place in the Aboriginal community in WA. She is an advocate for the preservation of culture in the Kimberley and its value for young Aboriginal people. She chairs the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and is a member of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre.

Social Worker and Educator

Karen Nangala Woodley is a Wakka Wakka Warumungu woman and has a Bachelor of Social Work from James Cook University. She is currently embarking on a Masters of Forensic Behavioural Science through Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne. Nangala has a Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership from the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre and is a graduate of the 2007/2008 FAHCSIA Indigenous Community Women’s Leadership Program.

Nangala has worked as a social worker, as a clinician/case manager for the Darwin Alcohol Assessment Treatment Service, and as a Project Officer in the Indigenous Suicide Prevention program of the Mental Health Directorate, NT Department of Health. She was a research worker for the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, Central Queensland University, succeeded by a position as Project Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Department of Communities, Mackay/ Whitsunday Region Queensland, and briefly in 2010 was Coordinator of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women's Program in Mackay, Central Queensland.

Nangala also has substantial experience in mining work, and even more substantial experience in unpaid work for her community, with sixteen positions listed in her CV including Mackay Murri Court Elders member, Chairperson of Kalyan House, which provides crisis to medium term accommodation to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and Director, Dreamtime Gundoos Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation.

2015 Australian of the Year
Pride of Australia’s National Courage Medal recipient

Rosie is a leader in the crusade against domestic violence and has turned her personal tragedy into a fight to help others. Rosie’s name became synonymous with the words courage and resilience. Only hours after her son’s life was tragically taken, Rosie gave voice to many thousands of victims of domestic violence who had until then remained unheard.

Rosie Batty rose above her personal tragedy and the great loss of her 11 year old son, Luke, who was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of his father in a very public assault. Rosie’s ability to articulate the train of events that had led to this tragedy, has demonstrated the wider implications of her experience.

Now a tireless campaigner, Rosie established The Luke Batty Foundation and has launched the Never Alone Campaign in 2015, asking all Australians to stand with her and beside all victims of family violence by signing up at In 2015, Along with the former Victorian Police Chief Ken Lay, Rosie was been named as the founding members of the Council of Australian Governments advisory panel on preventing violence against women.

Rosie is also an Ambassador for Our Watch and The Lort Smith Animal Hospital and Patron of Doncare Community Services and has been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. Her public speaking appearances are a remarkable story of resilience, courage, inspiration and making a difference. Rosie’s incredible strength and selfless efforts are an inspiration to many people.

Founder, White Ribbon Foundation
Former Chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children

Libby Lloyd plays a pivotal role in the development of the Australian Government’s national plan to reduce violence against women. Dating back to her work with Indo-Chinese boat people in the late 70s Libby has always worked to advance human rights. Since 2003, she has devoted her time and energy to protecting the fundamental human right – for women to live free of violence and abuse. In 2007, she founded the White Ribbon Foundation which every year hosts White Ribbon Day supporting men to ‘never excuse, commit or remain silent’ about violence against women.

As the Chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, she was responsible for the Time for Action report which formed the basis of Australia’s 12-year strategy to reduce violence against women and children. Adopted by all states and territories, the Plan is now being implemented across the country. In 1992 her work with the United Nations was recognised when she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to refugees and to the international community in Iraq and Kuwait.

Group Manager of Families Group
Department of Social Services, Commonwealth Government
Director, ANROWS

Her group leads the Government’s work on the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children; manages significant programmes to support children, parents and families; takes the lead on birth, adoption and care policy; and manages federal income management and financial wellbeing interventions.

Ros has worked in social and welfare policy and practice in both Australia and the United Kingdom, and in local, state and federal government. She has been a presiding member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, and has also worked as a consultant, providing advice to public and private sector organisations in developing regulation and prosecuting strategic policy.

She has degrees in government, social work and law from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in law (welfare reform) from the University of Sydney.

Executive Director, Policy and Learning
Department of Child Protection and Family Support Services
Director, ANROWS

Kay Benham is a social worker and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia. Kay has specialised in child protection and family and domestic violence in a variety of positions in the public sector for over twenty years. This includes senior executive roles with the Department of Justice, the Family Court of Western Australia and the Department of the Attorney General, where she played a key role in establishing family violence courts.

Her current position as Executive Director, Policy and Learning at the Department for Child Protection and Family Support includes responsibility for the Family and Domestic Violence Unit, which leads the development of family and domestic violence policy and planning in Western Australia.

Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer
of Local Government and Community Services

In the Northern Territory Public Sector in 1997, Noelene led the development of policy and delivery of services across the Territory from health through to housing.

In 2009 her service was recognised and she was awarded the Chief Ministers Award for Outstanding and Meritorious Service in the Northern Territory Public Sector. In 2012 she was nominated by staff and awarded the Management Excellence Award - Professional Manager of the Year, Public Service by the Australian Institute of Management.

Throughout her career, Noelene has been - and continues to be - a strong advocate for the development of evidence-based policies that provide opportunities for people to equally participate in society, particularly for Territorians living in remote locations.

Deputy Director-General
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Queensland
Director, ANROWS

Cathy has held a number of senior positions including Director of the Office of Child Protection in 2000, leading to further positions within the Queensland Public Service including General Manager, Youth Justice and Youth Development, Executive Director, Child Safety Youth and Families Policy and Performance and currently Regional Executive Director, Brisbane Region, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

During this period, Cathy completed an Executive Masters of Public Administration through the Australian and New Zealand School of Government – a time she best describes as hard work but incredible fun.

Cathy is currently in the role of Deputy Director-General, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

Associate Dean
Faculty of Law
University of Western Australia

Harry Blagg has a national and international reputation as a leading criminologist specializing in Indigenous people and criminal justice, young people and crime, family and domestic violence, crime prevention, diversionary strategies, policing and restorative justice. He has over 20 years experience in conducting high level research with Aboriginal people across Australia (including urban, rural and remote locations) on justice related issues. From 2001/2006 Harry was Research Director of the West Australian Law Reform Commission’s reference: Aboriginal Customary Laws. This project explored whether Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal forms of law can be harmonized and integrated.

PresentationEvaluation of innovative models of interagency partnerships, collaboration, coordination and/or integrated responses to family and/or sexual violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities.

State of KnowledgeClick to download

Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW
Co-convenor, UNSW Gendered Violence Research Network
Lead Convener, Social Inquiry Cluster

Jan was instrumental in the establishment of the Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN), is the Co-convenor of the GVRN and was the Co-Chair of the Inaugural Asia Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence and Violations held in February 2015. Jan has a commitment to action and other participatory strategies of research engagement and has undertaken extensive work and research in the areas of trauma, domestic and sexual violence, gender issues and child abuse since 1986. Her research provides a focus for her commitment to developing evidence-informed practice in these areas.

Jan has consistently received research funding, presented her research at national and international conferences, and published her work in books, commissioned reports and refereed journal articles. She is currently completing research projects funded by Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS). One current developing research stream for the GVRN focuses on the effects of domestic, family and sexual violence on workplaces in different contexts including in Australia, and other countries in the Asia-Pacific including Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

PresentationNational mapping and meta-evaluation outlining key features of effective 'safe at home' programs that enhance safety and prevent homelessness for women and their children who have experienced domestic and family violence.

State of KnowledgeClick to download

Research Associate
UNSW Social Policy and Research Centre

Dr Jane Bullen has extensive experience in researching homelessness, housing, domestic violence, mental health,and integrated service delivery.

Dr Bullen joined SPRC in 2010. Her previous experience includes research, evaluation, policy and program work in academic, government and non-government contexts, including in areas of domestic violence, trauma and women’s homelessness.

PresentationBuilding effective policies and services to promote women's economic security following domestic and family violence.

State of KnowledgeClick to download

Research Manager

Dr Mayet Costello is the Research Manager at ANROWS. Mayet commenced her career as a frontline social worker in sexual assault services, domestic violence services, and women's health services in New South Wales and South Australia. She has subsequently worked in a variety of strategic, policy, research, political and management roles in State and Federal governments, non-government organisations, universities and children, youth and women’s health services. Mayet’s most recent position prior to joining ANROWS was Manager of Violence Prevention and Response at NSW Kids and Families, NSW Health.

Mayet has a Doctor of Philosophy in Australian policy responses to male violence against women, a Bachelor of Social Work (First Class Honours and the University Medal)

PresentationResearch on perpetrator interventions

Research Fellow
Social Policy Research Centre

Natasha Cortis has broad mixed-method expertise relating to the organisation, delivery and evaluation of human services. Special Interests relate to women's employment and economic security, and the role of the not-for-profit sector in social service provision. Dr Cortis joined SPRC in 2005 and was UNSW Vice-Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellow from 2008-13.

PresentationBuilding effective policies and services to promote women's economic security following domestic and family violence.

State of KnowledgeClick to download

Senior Research Officer (Research Program)

Dr Peta Cox is the Senior Research Officer (Research Program) at ANROWS. Peta was the Principal Chief Investigator on two ANROWS projects, including the additional analysis of the ABS Personal Safety Survey and a review of the literature on the co-occurrence of domestic violence and sexual assault. Prior to being at ANROWS, Peta worked in knowledge translation for the NSW Ambulance Service and the NSW Ombudsman. She has a PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine from the University of New South Wales.

PresentationThe Personal Safety Survey: Prevalence of violence against women in various subpopulations

Research PaperClick to download 

PresentationSexual assault and domestic violence in the context of co-occurrence and revictimisation. Read more

State of KnowledgeClick to download

Senior Lecturer/Research Fellow
School of Health & Social Development, Disability and Inclusion
Deakin University, Geelong

Patsie is a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University in Disability and Inclusion. She is the Course Director for Post Graduate studies in Disability and Inclusion and is the Chief Investigator for the ANROWs funded research project on access and inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in violence and abuse response services in Australia.

Patsie has undertaken research in issues of violence and abuse prevention, sexuality and relationships, self advocacy, and inclusive research approaches with people with disabilities for over 25 years. Her work has informed policy and practice in sexual assault services and disability services across Australia.


PresentationWhat does it take? Developing informed and effective tertiary responses to violence and abuse for women and girls with disabilities in Australia.

State of Knowledgeclick to download

Professor, Primary Care Research Unit
Department of General Practice

University of Melbourne

Kelsey Hegarty is an academic general practitioner who currently works as a Professor and leads an Abuse and Violence in primary care research program. Her current research includes the evidence base for interventions to prevent violence against women; educational and complex interventions around identification of family violence in primary care settings and responding to women and children exposed to abuse through primary care and through the use of new technolgies.

During the last decade Kelsey has contributed at both national and international levels to the intimate partner violence field. She has developed a program of research in family violence, which commenced with her thesis. For this, she developed a new measure of domestic violence the Composite Abuse Scale, which is the first validated multidimensional measure of partner abuse. She has co-edited a book on “Intimate partner abuse for health professionals” and is on two Cochrane systematic reviews of screening and advocacy interventions for domestic violence. She played a significant role in the development of Royal Australian College of General Practice White Book on Abuse and Violence and a gplearning module.

She is currently chair of the governence group of the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.

PresentationWomen's input to a trauma-informed systems model of care in Health settings: the WITH study.

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Managing Director
Tjallara Consulting

ANROWS Board Member

Victoria Hovane is an Aboriginal woman from Broome in the Kimberley region of WA. She holds a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology and is nearing completion of a PhD (Forensic Psychology) aimed at informing a cultural dimension in psychological theories of sexual offending against children. Vickie is an experienced researcher and practitioner having worked in a number of social welfare, legal, victim and offender services, research projects and advisory roles over the past 30 years.

She currently Co-Chairs the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association Steering Committee, and is a current member of the national Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, the Advisory Panel to the WA FDV Death Review Committee, the WA Mental Health Advisory Group, and the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA) Reference Group.

Presentation: Holding Aboriginal Law: A critical element in responding effectively to family and sexual violence in Aboriginal communities.

Research Fellow
Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University

Robyn has nearly 30 years’ experience in research, public policy and law reform in Australia and the UK especially on justice responses to violence against women. Her current work as a Research Fellow with Professor Kathleen Daly looks at innovative justice responses to sexual victimisation. She is co-Chief Investigator on an ANROWS national research project examining the work of women’s specialist services with Aboriginal women experiencing family and domestic violence.

Prior to this, Robyn conducted research on violence against Syrian women refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan, on access to justice for women in The Philippines and justice responses to violence against Aboriginal women in the Northern Territory. Her PhD at the Regulatory Institutions Network at ANU was a longitudinal prospective study of women and men victims of violence and their experience with criminal justice. In her previous professional career, Robyn worked on a number of strategic system change programs addressing the promotion and protection of victims’ rights in justice.

Presentation Advocacy for safety and empowermen

State of KnowledgeClick to download

Senior Trainer, Research Fellow
College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Psychology and Public Health
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society La Trobe University

Philomena is a medical anthropologist with a broad interest in gender, sexuality, disability, aged care, medical practice and mortality. Her research has included older women’s experiences of sexual assault, an ethnographic study investigating the decline of the hospital autopsy, the role of HREC administrators in Australia, and lesbians' experience of life-threatening illness. She regularly lectures on Gender, Health and Violence issues at the University of Melbourne where she is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow.

She lectures on issues of ethical research and is a member of the Human Research Ethics Committees of the Victorian Department of Justice and SCOPE Victoria. In 2001, she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll for Women and was also awarded a Centenary Medal for her decades of community-based work in women's health, violence prevention, disability and HIV/AIDS.

Presentation Title: Responses to Violence against Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Women.

Executive Summary: Click through for Dr Horsley's Abstract

Professor of Social Work
University of Melbourne

For 5 years Professor Cathy Humphreys held the Alfred Felton Chair of Child and Family Welfare, a professorship established in collaboration with the Alfred Felton Trust, the Department of Social Work at University of Melbourne and The Centre for Excellence for Child and Family Welfare in Victoria, the peak body for vulnerable children, youth and family organistations in Victoria. A partnership between The Centre, community sector organisations and University of Melbourne continues to support research collaboration and implementation.

A multi-million dollar program of research in the areas of domestic and family violence and out of home care has been sustained since 2006 and supported through 8 Australian Research Council grants and numerous other grants from government, philanthropy and community sector organisations. Developing the knowledge base to support practice and policy developments in the areas of domestic and family violence, as well as that of vulnerable children in out of home care drive the research program.

Cathy worked as a social work practitioner in the mental health, domestic violence, and children, youth and families sector for 16 years before becoming a social work academic. She worked at University of Warwick in the UK for 12 years prior to returning to Australia.

Presentation: The PATRICIA Project: pathways and research in collaborative inter-agency working.

State of Knowledge: Click to read background information

Research Fellow
Australian Institute of Family Studies

Dr Rebecca Jenkinson joined the Institute in 2012. She is the recipient of an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship titled, ‘Risky business: advanced epidemiological and social network analysis of young people’s risky alcohol consumption, drug use and sexual behaviour’. Rebecca also holds a Research Fellow position at the Burnet Institute, an Ivergowrie Foundation Public Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, and an Adjunct Lecturer position at Monash University.

Rebecca contributes to a range of studies across the Institute, including the ‘Building a New Life in Australia’ study and the ‘Establishing the Connection’ study.

PresentationEstablishing the connection (between alcohol and other drug use and sexual victimisation). 

State of Knowledge Click to download

Senior Research Fellow
Australian Institute of Family Studies

Dr Rae Kaspiew is a socio-legal researcher with particular expertise in family law and family violence. She manages the family law and family violence research program at the Institute. Her area of specialisation is in the design and implementation of research programs related to the impact of legislation and dispute resolution programs, including quantitative approaches based on archival data (especially court files and judgments).

In addition to her role at AIFS, Rae is a member of the Family Law Council, a body that provides policy advice on family law to the federal Attorney General. She was also a member of the Violence Against Women Advisory Group (2009-2011) that advised the federal Minister for the Status of Women on the implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women. Rae is also on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Family Law.

Presentation: Domestic and family violence and parenting: mixed method insights into impact and support needs.

State of Knowledge: Click to download

Research Fellow - Chronic Disease Epidemiology
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

Ray, a Wongaibon man from far west New South Wales, has a passion for Indigenous health and is the first Indigenous PhD candidate at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) in the College of Medicine, Biology and Environment (CMBE).

Ray has been an active NCEPH student from the outset, providing support and mentoring to his colleagues, particularly those working on Indigenous health. Ray has held numerous positions aimed at advancing the health of Indigenous populations. He has been a member of the CMBE Indigenous Health Interest Group and Reconciliation Action Plan sub-committee since its inception, and has been a member of ACT Health’s Human Research Ethics Committee since 2011. In the same year, Ray was appointed Professional Associate at the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health at the University of Canberra where, amongst other duties, he mentors Indigenous undergraduate students.

Ray is an Indigenous Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Presentation: State of knowledge, practice and responses to violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities.

State of Knowledge: Click to download

National Children's Commissioner
Australian Human Rights Commission

Megan Mitchell is Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner and commenced her term on 25 March 2013. Megan focus is solely on the rights and interests of children, and the laws, policies and programs that impact on them.

Megan has had extensive experience in issues facing children and young people, having worked with children from all types of backgrounds, including undertaking significant work with vulnerable children.

She has practical expertise in child protection, foster and kinship care, juvenile justice, children’s services, child care, disabilities, and early intervention and prevention services.

Presentation: Freedom from violence – the child rights issue of our time.

Presentation Notes: Click to read Commissioner Mitchell's abstract

Senior Executive (a/g), Health Group
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Lynelle is currently acting head of the Health Group at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The Group has responsibility for monitoring population health, primary care and various diseases.
She is also the Lead Analyst for the national component of the Australian Burden of Disease Study, which is a large project using international best-practice methods to calculate the fatal and non-fatal burden of 175 diseases and injuries, along with the attribution of this burden to various risk factors.
She has held a number of health leadership positions in AIHW since 1995, and spent 2 years working in the Health Division of OECD, Paris. Lynelle holds a PhD in epidemiology, a BMath, and post-graduate qualifications in statistics and population health.

Presentation: National Burden of disease study examining the impact of violence against women

State of knowledge: click to download

Research Fellow
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health
Australian National University

Dr Olsen is a Research Fellow at the Australian National University. As a social scientist with expertise in public health, qualitative and mixed methods Dr Olsen’s program of research focuses on the lived experience and health needs of marginalised and hard-to-reach populations. Her work highlights the ways in which health can be severely impacted on by social inequalities and marginalisation and where policy can make a difference.

Dr Olsen’s current research projects include: service provision for women experiencing domestic violence and alcohol and other drug issues; responses to the health and social needs of parents who use illicit drugs; pathways to treatment for Indigenous people living with hepatitis; take-home naloxone programs; and ethical practice in research.

PresentationState of Knowledge, practice and responses to violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities.

State of Knowledge: Click to download

Coordinator, National Framework and Engagement
Our Watch

Dr Emma Partridge is the Coordinator, National Framework and Engagement at Our Watch, an independent, national NGO working to prevent violence against women. Emma recently led the development of Change the story: a shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia. Released in November 2015, Change the Story is the world’s first national framework focused on preventing violence against women. Prior to this role Emma worked in research and policy roles in government and academia, and completed a PhD in Indigenous policy.

Senior Lecturer:
School of Global, Urban & Social Studies

RMIT University

Dr Anastasia Powell is lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies and an associate of the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR ). She teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate subjects including Crime and Information Technology and Law and Criminal Justice Policy. Anastasia has interests in policy and prevention concerning violence against women as well as the role of ICTs in sexual violence, harassment and hate-speech.

Presentation: Technology facilitated sexual violence against women: Overcoming rape culture in cyberspace

Executive Summary: Cliok to dowload

Adjunct Senior Lecturer
University of New England

Dr Judy Putt's current research interests include rural and remote policing, transnational and organised crime, women and criminal justice and community safety in Indigenous communities. With post-graduate degrees in anthropology and criminology, Dr Putt has undertaken and published research on a wide range of subjects, including violence against women, juvenile justice, missing persons, crime in the fishing industry, people trafficking, and substance misuse. As the former head of research at the Australian Institute of Criminology and with extensive experience in evaluation, crime prevention and drug policy, Dr Putt has a strong commitment to policy and practice relevant research.

Presentation Advocacy for safety and empowerment.

State of KnowledgeClick to download

Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Criminology SSAP
Western Sydney University

Michael Salter’s work is focused on the intersections of gender, violence and culture and the ways in which violence is made meaningful by victims, perpetrators and others.

Ongoing research interests include: child sexual abuse and its impacts across the lifespan, medico-legal responses to gendered violence, mental illness and substance abuse in traumatised populations, the role of online and digital technology in representations of violence, and the cultural significance of crime and violence.

Michael’s background is in public health and public policy, and he has worked in the non-government and university sectors in translating research into policy and practice. He aims to combine theoretical and empirical insights to inform work in a range of areas, including social work, child protection, therapy and counselling, policing and the law.

Senior Research Officer
Australian Institute of Family Studies

Mary Stathopoulos is a Senior Research Officer with the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Her work is predominately in qualitative research and her most recent contributions include research for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in which she explored the impacts of disclosure of institutional child sexual abuse on family dynamics. Mary is currently undertaking an examination of service pathways for victim/survivors of institutional child sexual abuse for the Royal Commission.

Presentation Establishing the connection (between alcohol and other drug use and sexual victimisation).

State of Knowledge Click to download

Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Mental Health
School of Population and Global Health
University of Melbourne

Georgina Sutherland is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Mental Health. She joined the Centre in 2013 after working in the Law and Public Health research group leading a joint project between The University of Melbourne and the Coroners Court of Victoria examining the intersection of the legal and health systems.

Her current research includes further collaboration with the Coroners Court developing and evaluating a state-wide suicide register, community-led suicide prevention, social and health outcomes for women post-prison release and media representations of violence against women.

PresentationMedia representations of violence against women and their children (Project in partnership with Our Watch).

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Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research
CQU University Australia

After completing a research fellowship at the University of Canterbury she joined the Social Work and Human Services Department where among other courses she designed and taught a course on women’s victimisation and women’s criminal offending. From 2009 to 2014 she held the position of Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre where she designed and led a number of research projects commissioned by the community and government sectors. Two recent New Zealand national studies she has been involved with were an extensive literature review for the Glenn Inquiry into domestic violence and child abuse and an investigation of how services reach marginalised and so called ‘hard to reach’ populations.

In 2013 she was a Galpin Fellowship recipient at Quinnipiac University, and undertook research based in Connecticut in the US on alternative justice, domestic and family violence and sexual assault. She has published widely and co-edited a book in 2013 “Understanding Violence: Contexts and Practice in the Human Services” which has become a key resource for practitioners in the field and for students in a variety of university-based learning.

Since becoming Director of the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, Dr Taylor has contributed to the ANROWS research programme with a report on judicial education and domestic violence, another on enforcement of protection orders in Australia, and she is currently heading a research team investigating enforcement practice. Participatory community-based research has been a predominant theme of Dr Taylor’s research and publication.

PresentationImproving legal and justice responses to violence against women.

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Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Health
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

She currently leads research projects working to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women with disability in the Philippines; and to strengthen community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in Victoria and Tasmania. She has previously led projects exploring the impact of female genital cutting on women and families in Victoria, and is currently involved in research into discriminatory acts against young people with disability; employment outcomes for people with disability; and media representations of violence against women.

Cathy coordinates the WHO Collaborating Centre for Women’s Health hosted by the Centre for Health Equity, and teaches post-graduate courses on Community-Based Participatory Research; Gender and Health; and Women and Global Health.

PresentationPromoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia: The ASPIRE Project

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Kim Webster has longstanding involvement in planning, policy development and research management to support the primary prevention of violence against women. At VicHealth in 2007, Kim led a team of researchers to develop a Framework to guide primary prevention of violence against women in Victoria and contributed to the development of the 2015 Australian National Framework (led by OurWatch) and to the 2015 UN inter-agency Framework (led by UN Women).

Kim managed the 2006 Victorian survey of community attitudes towards violence against women, and the 2013 national survey (known as NCAS). She was a member of the team that prepared the first known international estimate of the burden of disease of intimate partner violence (IPV) and is currently working with the team formed to revise this estimate for Australia. Kim commenced her career in violence prevention in 1985, drafting the Victorian Government’s first policy to address violence against women.

Presentation: National Burden of disease study examining the impact of violence against women

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Associate Professor
School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, UNISA 

Sarah Wendt is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of South Australia. She has published extensively on violence against women including most recently Domestic violence in diverse contexts: a re-examination of gender (Routledge, 2015).

Her current research projects explore the impact of domestic violence on women’s citizenship, service provision for Aboriginal communities experiencing family violence, and engaging men to address domestic violence. In particular, Sarah has been researching rural women’s experiences of domestic violence for over a decade in Australia. She is currently exploring rural women’s help seeking decisions and coping with domestic violence.

PresentationThe effect of social and geographical isolation and remoteness on the ability of women to disclose, report, seek help and receive appropriate interventions following experiences of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

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Principal Research Fellow
Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University

Emma Williams has had a long career in evaluation, research and program development in Canada and Australia, moving between academia, public service and private practice.

She has won national and international awards for her research and evaluation work, and has worked closely with land planners, communities and governance groups on the impact of growth and change.

From 2004 to 2009, she was a senior public servant in the Northern Territory managing the NT social policy agenda, and subsequently the development and evaluation of Indigenous-staffed anti-violence programs, including the creation of safe houses in remote Territory communities as part of the NTER. In 2009/10 she became a Principal Research Fellow with the Centre for Social Partnerships in Lifelong Learning (CDU) where she evaluated one aspect of NTER while researching remote workforce development, and the linkages between policy, practice and research/evaluation. She was recently a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at ANU working on issues of service delivery for Indigenous people with disabilities, and is currently a Principal Scientist in the Evaluations for Northern Contexts area at the Northern Institute of Charles Darwin University.

PresentationEvaluation of innovative models of interagency partnerships, collaboration, coordination and/or integrated responses to family and/or sexual violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities.

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