Holistic approaches to Violence Against Women and Children Research

Research and Evaluation by the Social Work Group at the University of Melbourne

Our research is applied with a focus on informing policy and practice to improve the circumstances for those affected by family violence, particularly women and their children. We are always interested in thoughtful and respectful dialogue with other researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

We partner with governments, non-government organisations and peak bodies to further the evidence base to support reform and advocacy to end violence against women and their children. Our research is interdisciplinary and we provide leadership in the MAEVe network (Melbourne Alliance to End Violence Against Women and Children) and the Safer Families Centre for Research Excellence.

Lead Researchers

Our lead researchers are specialised in domestic and family violence; child abuse; evaluation; and Indigenous research

Cathy Humphreys, Professor of Social Work

Dr Kristin Diemer, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Margaret Kertesz, Senior Research Fellow

Shawana Andrews, Senior Lecturer in Aboriginal Health

David Gallant, Early Career Researcher

Dr Gemma McKibbin, Early Career Researcher

Dr David Rose, Senior Lecturer in Social Work