LaVAWN News No 2 / 2017
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LaVAWN - La Trobe Violence Against Women Research Network
Welcome to another edition of the LaVAWN news.

Some good news - I'm pleased to report that myself and fellow LaVAWN member Sonia Reisenhofer have passed our PhDs with minor amendments. 

Please do pass on news of any achievements, publications, funding and awards so that we can spread the news of the important work you do on the issue of violence against women.

Ingrid Wilson, LaVAWN Coordinator
ext. 6288 email

Fearless Girl statue, ABC News28-03-2017, AP: Mark Lennihan

In this Newsletter
2 / 2017


LaVAWN website development

We have created a first draft for a website for LaVAWN and we are asking LaVAWN members to please provide some initial feedback by next Tuesday in order to quickly make it live. (Please contact Ingrid if you would like more information.)

The website is a tool to promote your work and enhance the profile of the University's research strengths in this field to external funders and stakeholders. We want to hear about the important work you do so please contribute, and encourage others to do so.

If you have images or image ideas, please let us know. The ones used in this draft are just placeholders until we find more suitable ones. Please note that the website will be evolving and there will be future opportunities to update.


Family Violence Content Specialist

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) are advertising for a Family Violence Content Specialist whose role will be to synthesise the latest research, practice, information and data into easy to understand written content for a wide range of audiences including professionals in the field, victims/survivors, children and young people, family/friends of victims/survivors, government, peak bodies and the general public.

For more information, please see

Invitation to a joint event with LaVAWN and MaEVe

We are joining with colleagues from Melbourne University to host a collaborative forum: Early Intervention: Changing the trajectory to prevent violence against women and their children

Key speakers for the forum will include:

  • Claudia Garcia-Moreno, World Health Organization
  • Jane Koziol-McLain, Auckland University of Technology
  • Kelsey Hegarty, The University of Melbourne
  • Ingrid Wilson, La Trobe University
  • Tania Farha, Department of Premier and Cabinet

The event will also conclude with the official launch of the Safer Families Centre for Research Excellence: Tailoring early identification and novel interventions for domestic and family violence. Members of LaVAWN are part of this CRE: Professor Angela Taft from the Judith Lumley Centre at La Trobe is a CI involved in several aspects of the CRE, and Dr Leesa Hooker has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to and Dr Leesa Hooker has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to assess the feasibility of an intervention trial of post trauma therapy to support the mother-child relationship: The Lieberman Child Parent Psychotherapy model.

University College, The University of Melbourne
Friday 7 April 2017

Collaborative forum: 11.00am - 4.00pm
Launch of CRE: 4:30 - 5:30pm
Registration required

ANROWS Notepad

A new ANROWS Notepad is out with information about the latest research and publications.

Good luck to all who are submitting ANROWS grants which close this Friday 31 March.

Don't forget that the RFA Transforming Human Societies grant round is open until 7 April, and ECRs are encouraged to apply. Scheme 1 is for projects under $20K and Scheme 2 is for proposals under $100, and there are also grants for up to $7,000 for Visiting Fellowship Grants.
Graduate Women Victoria has announced its 2017 scholarship program for women enrolled in universities in Victoria. Scholarships and bursaries range in value from $3000 to $7000 and are offered to female students enrolled in 2017 at Victorian universities, or at the Victorian campuses of the Australian Catholic University. Scholarships and bursaries are available to female students enrolled in the following courses:
  • Masters or PhD by research
  • Masters Coursework or Masters Extended
  • Master of Education – including two bursaries for students preparing to teach STEM.
A full scholarship to an Indigenous female student enrolled in an undergraduate degree is also offered. Deadline 31st March 2017
Marcos Signorelli

Visiting Researcher Profile - Marcos Signorelli

Marcos Signorelli is a lecturer at the Federal University of Parana (Brazil) and a post doc fellow at the Judith Lumley Centre (JLC). Marcos has a PhD in Public Health and his research interests include the interfaces of gender-based violence (GBV) with health systems and intersectoral approaches, particularly addressing developing countries. He has been awarded a scholarship from CAPES Foundation from the Brazilian Federal Government to design an intervention in collaboration with JLC to prevent/reduce GBV to be developed in Brazil. 

1. What brought you to La Trobe University?

I spent a semester at the JLC in 2010 working with Angela Taft during my PhD which was an ethnographic study about the role of primary health care professional/paraprofessionals and women experiencing domestic violence. It has been a reciprocal relationship with Angela visiting Brazil, and now I'm back! I'm doing my post doctorate working on a randomized controlled trial focused on the health and well-being of female victims of domestic violence. This kind of methodology has not been developed in primary health care settings in Brazil before. 

2. Why the research interest in violence against women?

My interest stemmed from my work as a physiotherapist and lecturer at the Federal University of Parana.  As physios, we visit patients and we build rapport and relationships. With time, some patients feel more comfortable to talk about particular issues, like domestic violence. This has encouraged me to reflect about the possibilities and limits for health professionals in responding to such disclosures so here I am, trying to develop new approaches, that can be consistently tested and evaluated to improve women's lives. I also teach qualification courses for teachers focusing on gender and diversities issues, making them reflect about their role to prevent / reduce all violence types within school scenarios.

2. What do you love about Melbourne?

Professionally, I love that many people are engaged in researching violence against women. I also love the cultural life, particularly the people with many different backgrounds are so welcoming, the vibrant city atmosphere, full of events all year and gastronomic diversity which is divine. I am so in love with Melbourne that I even like the weather, despite the many complaints from Melbournian people. But probably what I most love here is the non-violence culture and safety in Melbourne streets. The freedom to go anywhere you want, at anytime of the day or night is priceless. And the list continues, with brekkies, coffees, lanes, beautiful suburbs, urban art ...

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