Preventing gendered-based violence at work: the potential of new regulatory approaches

RMIT Researchers

  • Lisa Heap (PhD candidate)
  • Distinguished Professor Sara Charlesworth
  • Dr Fiona MacDonald
  • Dr Annie Delaney

Project Description

Gender-based violence (GBV) substantially impacts on the wellbeing of workers who experience it and those that observe it. GBV is recognised as the most prevalent human rights violation in the world, reflecting and re-enforcing inequality between men and women.  This study is a feminist socio-legal analysis examining new regulatory approaches that may support the prevention of GBV at work.

This research employs a multi-level qualitative approach with empirical research drawing on policy and regulatory analysis, as well as the development of an in-depth case study focussed on recent developments in the state of Victoria, Australia.  Findings may include recommendations for a shift away from presenting GBV a predominantly a matter for Australian antidiscrimination law towards regulating prevention through worker health and safety and workplace rights mechanisms.



Key Words

Discrimination, gender, gender (in)equality, gender-based violence, ILO Convention, employment, institutions, prevention, regulation, sexual harassment, worker health and safety, work

Funding Sources

RMIT Research Stipend Scholarship

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