Red flags for intimate partner violence

October 21, 2016

Dr Romy Winter, Lecturer at the University of Tasmania joins us in Brisbane this December and will discuss ‘Risk or vulnerability?  Red flags for intimate partner violence’.

The increase in community focus on violence amongst current or former partners reveals a chronic problem characterised by a complex set of individual indicators and social determinants.  This presentation examines the current thinking about risk factors for perpetrator escalation of intimate partner violence as well as looking at victim vulnerabilities which exacerbate the risk of lethal assault.

Dr Romy Winter
Dr Romy Winter

As no individual factor can explain more than ten per cent of risk or vulnerability, we need to look at models which embrace complexity.  I present a framework which identifies the combination of factors which present the likely catalysts for intimate partner homicide and discuss how this might be useful for screening and risk assessment.

Dr  Romy Winter is a researcher with the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES) and lectures in the Police Studies program at the University of Tasmania.  Her research interests include criminal justice responses to intimate partner violence, “social problems” policy and the sociology of gender in relation to the workforce.  Romy has a decade of experience in evaluating programs targeting vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations including parenting programs for at-risk families; young people on bail; Aboriginal men and boys in the criminal justice system and women with marginal attachment to the workforce.  Recently Romy has turned her focus to perpetrators including ongoing research into the awareness of men who use violence of the effect on their children.

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

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference Program is available to download here

Early Bird Registration is open until Monday 24th October, book by this date to save $100 off the registration price!

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held on 5 – 7 December at the Mercure Brisbane, QLD. For more information on the conference and to secure your spot, please visit the conference website.


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