Our Network

The DRVAW Network involves a cross-Faculty group of Deakin scholars and Higher Degree Research students interested in, and researching, violence against women. If you are interested in conducting Higher Degree Research, please email us at drvaw@deakin.edu.au

Dr Kim Davies

Lecturer in Inclusive Education

Deakin University
Kim.davies@deakin.edu.au

Dr Davies is a lecturer in inclusive education in the School of Education at Deakin University. She is a critical disability scholar and an active member of the Victorian and Australian Women with Disabilities associations..

Dr Archna Ranganathan

Arielle Donnelly

Deakin University

Intimate partner violence is not confined within a binary-gendered context and Arielle is interested in researching trans and gender diverse, as well as LGBTQIA+ populations’ experiences of intimate partner violence. Arielle’s fourth-year thesis focused on physical and sexual intimate partner violence among trans, gender diverse and remote-located women tertiary students.

Dr Sarah Epstein

Deakin University
sarah.epstein@deakin.edu.au

Dr Epstein’s ongoing research interests involve examining the intersection between feminism and masculinity and looking at ways to re-qualify women’s maternal knowledge. Sarah is currently continuing research into the role of feminist maternal practice in violence prevention and transformative gender practices.

Professor Karen Caeyenberghs

Deakin University
k.caeyenberghs@deakin.edu.au

Professor Caeyenberghs’ vision is to better understand and treat adverse mental health outcomes in victims that have sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI), particularly victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence victims, the third most common cause of TBI, suffer from among the worse symptoms, and are significantly more disabled, less productive, represent a greater burden on caregivers, and show less community reintegration, compared to patients who have sustained unintentional TBI (due to traffic accidents or falls). Professor Caeyenberghs’ goal is to provide non-invasive and objective diagnostic and prognostic evidence to aid in the clinical management of assault victims and develop appropriate clinical guidelines.

Judith Way

PhD candidate

Deakin University
jiway@deakin.edu.au

Judith is researching the normalisation of coercive control in young adult vampire romance fiction, including how young women readers are still presented with male love interests who are controlling of the female protagonists in fiction written specifically for the teenage girl market.

Dr Renee Fiolet

Lecturer in Nursing

Deakin University
Renee.Fiolet@deakin.edu.au

Dr Renee Fiolet is a Lecturer in Nursing at Deakin University. Her research interests include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, family violence, Indigenous health, CALD communities, technology-facilitated responses to family violence and nursing curriculum development. Her PhD involved using Community-Based Participatory Research methods to work with the Wadawurrung Community on co-designing an online resource for family violence for their peoples.

Dr Rojan Afrouz

Lecturer in Social work

Deakin University
z.afrouz@deakin.edu.au

Dr Afrouz is a lecturer in social work at Deakin University. She completed her PhD in 2019 which focused on Afghan women’s perceptions and understanding of domestic violence and their barriers to seeking help in Australia. Her ongoing research interest includes working with vulnerable women and communities to address gender-based violence.

Antje Kreutzmann-Gallasch

Lecturer in Criminal Law

Deakin University
antje@deakin.edu.au

Antje teaches criminal law at the undergraduate level in the Faculty of Business and Law. Violent against women plays an important part in the course. Violence against women is, for example, addressed when covering sexual offences and students are informed that the majority of victims are women. This course also addresses legislative changes and what constitutes rape and the reasons for low convictions. The course also addresses the barriers for women in leaving their abusive partners.

Dr Jessamy Gleeson

Deakin University
j.gleeson@deakin.edu.au

Dr Gleeson’s research examines violence against women primarily in online spaces, and considers how the abuse and harassment of women can be both acknowledged and constrained. Dr Gleeson also examines the impact of violence against women on academic researchers.

April Loxton

PhD candidate

Deakin University
april.loxton@deakin.edu.au

As a PhD candidate, my research focuses on the perpetration of sexual violence against men (adult and children), perpetrated by both men and women. Specifically, my current works address the accessibility of support for male victims as well as the barriers created by the social expectations of masculinity and femininity.

April Loxton

PhD candidate

Deakin University
april.loxton@deakin.edu.au

April’s PhD research focuses on the perpetration of sexual violence against men. Specifically, her work explores the accessibility of support for male victims, as well as the social, political and cultural barriers that might prevent men from reporting sexual violence.

Laura Zark

PhD candidate

Deakin University
lzark@deakin.edu.au

Laura’s doctoral research examines cross-cultural differences in family violence and help-seeking behaviours among women students. Laura is interested in all forms of violence against women and the gendered drivers of violence against women.

Associate Professor Lisa Gold

Deakin University
lisa.gold@deakin.edu.au

Associate Professor Lisa Gold does evaluative work on IPV and VaW – particularly trial-based and economic evaluation. Lisa has worked on violence prevention trials over the last 10 years, mainly with research led by La Trobe University’s Judith Lumley Centre (Angela Taft) and the Chair of the Safer Families Centre at The University of Melbourne, Professor Kelsey Hegarty. 

Dr Tricia Ong

Deakin University
tricia.ong@deakin.edu.au

Dr Tricia Ong has a PhD in public health for research on a reproductive health study with young women who have been trafficked into the sex industry in Nepal. This inspires Tricia’s interest in violence against women in different cultural contexts.

Dr Kim Robinson

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Deakin University
kim.robinson@deakin.edu.au

Dr Robinson has been a social work practitioner and manager in community health and refugee services in Australia, Timor Leste and the UK, and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Deakin. Kim’s research interests are focused on frontline healthcare and social workers working with refugees and asylum seekers, service provision in health and social work settings, family violence, human rights, strategies for community development and empowerment of CALD communities. Kim has published in the areas of asylum and refugee mental health, family violence, and social justice issues with young unaccompanied minors.

Dominika Howard

Deakin University
dominika.howard@deakin.edu.au

Dominika is interested in image-based sexual violence (sexting), stalking, and online harassment. Dominika’s research has focused on unwanted/pressured sexting. Dominika is also interested in exploring the help-seeking behaviours of women who have experienced image-based sexual abuse.

Professor Amanda Keddie

Deakin University
amanda.keddie@deakin.edu.au

Professor Keddie’s research focuses on educative interventions for gender justice, largely in schools but also within community settings. Professor Keddie draws on feminist, postcolonial theories and social justice theories to examine issues of gendered violence, with a particular interest in problematising harmful masculinities.

Claire Stonehouse

PhD candidate

Deakin University
claire.stonehouse@deakin.edu.au

I was involved in the RRiE research with Dr Debbie Ollis to help design curriculum for secondary students. I currently teach about RR in 3 units across the primary and secondary BEd courses. My PhD (currently writing up) is interested in how parents teach their children about sexuality education.

Lauren Sheppard

PhD candidate

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