A new alliance has been formed to apply research to policy, prevention and practice in the area of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The Gendered Violence and Abuse Research Alliance (GeVARA) is a network of applied researchers at RMIT which draws on a range of expertise to address issues related to domestic violence.
GeVARA brings together and builds on existing RMIT research expertise in gendered violence across policy, programs and evaluation. Issues include sexual harassment, exploitation, trafficking, rape and sexual assault, gender-based stalking and sex discrimination.
The aim is to facilitate high quality research, knowledge translation, education and training to inform policy, prevention and practice in these areas.
RMIT Senior Research Fellow and Co-Convenor of GeVARA, Dr Anastasia Powell, said RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies had a long history of researching gender-based violence which fed into policy and practice nationally, internationally and locally.
“Through this work we strive for a society where everyone can live free of violence and abuse,” she said. “Domestic and family violence is increasingly recognised as an urgent social and human rights problem.”
The alliance was launched earlier this month in a public forum at RMIT.
The forum brought 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.
Participants included the Assistant Police Commissioner Family Violence Command, Dean McWhirter; Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough; CEO of the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service, Antoinette Braybrook; CEO of the Domestic Violence Resource Centre, Emily Maquire; and OurWatch’s Emma Partridge; in collaboration with co-convenors of GeVARA, Dr Lisa Harris and Dr Georgina Heydon, and RMIT researcher Christine Craik.
Story: Pauline Charleston