We are delighted to present the preliminary session schedule below.

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Concurrent Sessions 1

Crossing the Line

Trans and Gender Diverse People and their experiences of community and family violence – working across intersections

There is limited research both here in Australia and internationally regarding the experience of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people of family violence. What does exist, points to the same if not higher rates of LGBTI family violence than their heterosexual CIS gendered peers. This is also similar in relation to increased experience of community violence including sexual assault compared to their heterosexual peers.

The term LGBTI often gets used as an umbrella terms to group “LGBTI people” as a homogenous group. The reality is that vast differences exist across these sometimes-overlapping cohorts with regards to gender, sexuality and sexual orientation. Although significant gaps in knowledge exist within trans and gender diverse experience of family violence, some studies suggest they experience higher rates of family violence than LGB and CIS gendered people.

This interactive workshop will examine the issues and challenges when considering community and family violence (including sexual assault) for trans and gender diverse people. We will consider a framework for thinking about and deconstructing gender, sexual identity and sexual orientation, and an intersectional lens for understanding and responding to trans and gender diverse people experiencing or at risk of family violence. This exciting panel looks at these issues from the point of view of research, practice and the lived experience of trans and gender diverse people.

Professor Pranee Liamputtong Western Sydney University

Dr Eloise Brook Gender Centre

Maree August Drummond Street

Facilitated by Karen Field Drummond Street Services & Stepfamilies Australia

Indigenous research methods

Work in progress

This session explores current work at ANROWS, and beyond, aimed at “decolonising” research as envisioned in Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s seminal work “Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples”, and advocated by numerous Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars, including Maggie Walter, Aileen Moreton-Robinson,  Lester-Irabinna Rigney.

Researchers (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) on this panel will discuss their recent and current work on domestic and family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and how their work has engaged with Indigenous research methodologies. ANROWS CEO, Dr Heather Nancarrow, will discuss the developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Stream, which seeks to further ANROWS’s work towards research by, with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to address violence against women and their children.

Dr Harry Blagg Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Islander People and Community Justice

Professor Victoria Hovane Study Director at ANU College of Health and Medicine, ANROWS Board Director

Miriam Bevis Kunga Stopping Violence Program, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

Facilitated by Ed Mosby General Psychologist and owner of Wakai Waian Healing, ANROWS Board Director

Public health perspectives

Integrated practice using a trauma and violence informed care model.

This session will highlight the voices and needs of survivors and their children, discuss how a health systems approach is useful for implementation of a trauma and violence informed care model (TVIC), demonstrate integrated practice using a trauma and violence informed lens, and demonstrate how TVIC model can be translated into training and practice. By the end of the session participants will be able to: understand the importance of lived experience informing practice, discuss complex implementation in health settings of TVIC, and describe how the TVIC model can be applied to training and practice settings for different sectors.

Professor Kelsey Hegarty Joint Chair in Family Violence Prevention at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women’s Hospital

Dr Anita Morris Department of Health & Human Services Victoria

Facilitated by Jenny Chapman The Royal Women’s Hospital

Concurrent Sessions 2

Migrant and refugee women

Getting to action on violence against migrant and refugee women

This session will discuss the findings of the ASPIRE project, and how they have been used to shape policy and practice in relation to violence against immigrant and refugee women, with a focus on Victoria and Tasmania. It will outline the challenges that were observed in supporting action based on evidence, and suggest strategies for strengthening the way research can be used by diverse sectors and communities to ensure migrant and refugee women’s safety.

Dr Cathy Vaughan University of Melbourne

Dr Adele Murdolo Executive Director of the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Tania Farha Department of Premier and Cabinet

Erin Davis Domestic Violence Victoria

Facilitated by Pino Migliorino AM Founder and Managing Director of the Cultural Perspectives Group, ANROWS Board Director

Whatever it takes

Access for women with disabilities to domestic and family violence services. Translating knowledge together.

The ‘Whatever it takes: Access for women with disabilities to domestic and family violence services’ research has used innovative approaches to hear from and include women with disabilities from research to translation. In this presentation we will talk about how we did this work together including how our findings have been translated into new resources being presented at the conference, and soon to be embedded in practice through the 1800RESPECT disability pathways project. You will hear about our ‘One size does not fit all’ approach that includes: better understanding what ‘Nothing about us without us’ looks like; how to use the 5 ‘A’s’ of understanding access; collaborating without clashing and; ‘finding out about us with us’. The research to practice approach and outcomes presented here provide a template for true co-design and will inspire you to work closely with women with disabilities in services and research.

Associate Professor Patsie Frawley Deakin University

Linda Stokoe Consultative Research Group – ‘Whatever it takes’ Deakin University

Jane Rosengrave Consultative Research Group – ‘Whatever it takes’ Deakin University

Hannah Taylor 1800RESPECT

Economic risk

Promoting women’s economic security following domestic and family violence

Domestic violence exacerbates economic inequality, as both economic abuse, and other tactics of violence, generate costs for women and contribute to financial instability and stress. This session will discuss the impact of ANROWS research designed to support initiatives to improve women’s economic circumstances following violence and will focus on the role of employment in contributing to economic security: “In a good workplace all of the messages that she’ll be getting directly contradict the abuse that he’s perpetrating towards her, so whilst he’s telling her that she’s worthless and has no value and no positive contribution to make, paid employment, if it’s working well, will tell her the opposite” [Research informant]. In particular, the session will review the introduction of paid leave entitlements for workers who experience domestic and family violence. Questions will be raised to explore policies, systems and strategies that could assist service provision; what further research needs to be undertaken and what data needs to be collected.

Dr Jane Bullen Independent researcher

Sophie Ismail ACTU

Kristen Sweeney Co-Head Human Resources, Mirvac Pty Ltd

Facilitated by Moo Baulch DV NSW