Symposium explores domestic violence research and prevention

International and national experts will discuss leading domestic violence research at a Griffith University symposium on Friday, September 12.

Convenor and Head of Griffith University’s Violence Research and Prevention Program Professor Paul Mazerolle said the symposium would shed light on domestic violence in Queensland and in other parts of Australia and the world.

“We are keen to illuminate many of the social problems involved with domestic and family violence and the importance of developing effective research partnerships to illustrate areas for further investment and reform,” he said.

He said one of the challenges to effectively responding to domestic violence related to the lack of reliable statistical knowledge.

“Domestic violence is relatively under-reported and part of the challenge is to ensure that victims have confidence in contacting the authorities to seek assistance.

“Research is crucial to identify what responses are working and why.”

Professor Mazerolle identified the importance of expanding the research evidence base due to the significant implications for reducing harms associated with domestic violence.

“Preventing domestic and family violence by improving responses from the criminal justice system and the human service sector is a priority and research partnerships are crucial because they can lead to direct benefits for victims.”

Some of the key themes addressed during the day will include:

  • Effective police and health service responses to domestic violence
  • International initiatives to understand justice responses to domestic violence
  • Examining pathways to intimate partner homicide in Australia
  • Understanding help seeking responses to domestic violence
  • Examining domestic violence death reviews
  • Examining what works in the area of batterer treatment and;
  • Uncovering the scope of the problem of domestic violence in the Islamic community

WHAT: Understanding and Preventing Domestic Violence Symposium

WHEN: Friday, September 12 — 9am-5pm

WHERE: Rydges Hotel, South Bank

MEDIA CONTACT: Arts & Education Communications Officer Deborah Marshall 0408 727 734.