Introducing A/Prof Deborah Warr, University of Melbourne

September 22, 2016

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held over 5-7 December at the Mercure Brisbane, QLD.  A/Prof Deborah Warr will present at the conference on ‘Insights into contexts in which immigrant and refugee women access help and support to stop family violence.’

Deborah’s presentation will discuss help-seeking strategies among immigrant and refugee women living in Victoria and Tasmania.  Overall immigrant and refugee women report similar experiences of family violence as other women, although there is evidence that they endure violence for longer periods of time before accessing support. Findings from the RCFV determined that factors such as immigration policy, social exclusion and isolation, poor interpreting services, and a lack of culturally appropriate support are significant barriers. We have been conducting a large qualitative study exploring immigrant and refugee women’s experiences of family violence. Data includes interviews with women who have experienced family violence (n=46) and staff in a range of family violence, legal and settlement services (n=56). Bilingual/bicultural health educators were trained and employed as co-researchers on the project.

Deborah is presenting on behalf of the ASPIRE (Analysing Safety and Place in Immigrant and Refugee Experience) team which comprises university-based and community-based researchers. The team bring a range of skills and expertise to the project. Deborah is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Health Inequalities, at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on populations living in settings of place-based disadvantage and includes inquiry-based, evaluation and community driven projects using a range of methods.

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference topics include:

  • Working with perpetrators of domestic violence
  • Preventing violence in our communities
  • Fostering children’s safety and wellbeing
  • Working with diverse groups and communities
  • Building strong legal responses
  • Developing a better mental health response
  • Working in and with ATSI communities
  • Creating a resilient workforce

For more information on the 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference and to secure your registration, please visit the conference website.

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