A discussion on challenges of addressing domestic violence and the role of collaborative and applied research in creating a society where women are equal and can live free of fear.
Domestic and family violence is increasingly recognised as an urgent social and human rights problem.
In Australia, a woman is murdered every week by a current or former partner, and every day women and children are living in fear of violence in their homes.
National research further shows that one in six women have experienced physical or sexual violence from a male partner or former partner.
This public forum brings together representatives from government agencies, domestic violence response and policy sectors, in conversation with RMIT researchers and educators on domestic violence and the need for social change.
Please join us from 5pm for pre-forum drinks and the launch of GeVARA – the RMIT University Gendered Violence and Abuse Research Alliance.
GeVARA is a network of applied researchers at RMIT University bringing together their expertise to address issues including: domestic violence, family violence, rape and sexual assault, gender-based stalking, sexual harassment and sex discrimination.
Join in the conversation
You can post your questions for our expert panellists in advance, by tweeting to @GeVARA_RMIT with the hashtag #StopDV
Family Violence in Focus
It is crucial now, perhaps more than ever, that policy, prevention and practice addressing domestic and family violence be informed not only by applied research but also by meaningful collaboration between government agencies, sector experts and researchers.
The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence and the Council of Australian Governments advisory panel on Reducing Violence Against Women and their Children identified actions needed to improve women’s safety and to ultimately prevent gendered violence.
What will it take to transform such recommendations into effective solutions and sustainable social change?