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Prevention Education Initiative

Unveiling of the new initiative and a discussion with stakeholders

MGFV Team
Monash GFV will lead the way in offering a cross-Faculty Graduate Certification and Graduate Diploma in Family Violence Prevention that will contain innovative blended units offered as professional training modules, graduate and third/fourth level offerings.

Focusing on developing a flexible and innovative set of educational offerings that will address a range of workforce needs for education, the initiative will aim to fulfill the critical need for graduate education and training initiatives to develop broad-based workforce capacity.

The education program will leverage expertise from five Faculties and institutes across the university - Arts, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (MNHS), the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), and Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA).
Building bridges between NGOs, the police and academia is essential when attempting to address issues of gender and family violence education. By bringing together stakeholders within the field to address initiatives around prevention education within universities, these programs will be better informed and innovative. 

Led by JaneMaree Maher, the meeting opened with a short presentation with ideas about the family violence prevention education initiative and then opened up for discussions. 

Stakeholders from NGOs, the magistrates court, and Vic police brought dynamic ideas to the table about the initiative and its potential for change in a variety of spheres.
Stakeholders' Breakfast
Recent Publication
Every week in Australia at least one woman is killed by a man. Typically he’s a current or former intimate partner. Such homicides are the leading cause of preventable deaths among Australian women aged between 15 and 44.

Read: Unmasking Hidden Terror
Monash University Buildings and Property Divisions Showcase
 
Recently, the MGFV team was invited to discuss the changes in Victoria focused on family violence and our projects with the Building and Property Division at Monash.

Interdisciplinary learning and sharing of gender and family violence information is now a part of all workplaces and we value the opportunity to be part of this change. 

Nascent Researchers

Students break new ground in the realm of gender and family violence
Vietnamese Family Violence Victims/Survivors
Emily Dang: I interviewed healthcare service providers, and analysed their experiences working with family violence victim/survivors from Vietnamese communities in Melbourne.
 
Findings:
  • Social isolation: Restricted from English education, driving lessons, vocational training
  • Victims/survivors didn't know legal, welfare and immigration rights
  • Socio-cultural factors:
    • Traditional beliefs around gender roles and family structures
    • Racial marginalisation in Australia
    • Refugee-related trauma
    • Drug, alcohol, gambling addiction
  • A recent migration trend: Older Vietnamese-Australian men sponsoring younger, often impoverished Vietnamese women as partners, contained troubling power dynamics.
Victoria’s Family Violence Intervention Order System: The Misidentification of Women as Primary Aggressors
Ellen Reeves: I spoke to eight family violence lawyers in Melbourne, and asked them about their perceptions on the issue, based on their experiences with female respondents to FVIOs.
 
Findings:
  • Misidentification of women as primary aggressors is common and the woman is often victim
  • ‘Systems abuse’: perpetrators manipulating police into believing that the woman is the aggressor
  • Participants identified a number or ‘risk factors’:
    • Mental illness
    • Substance abuse
    • Self-defence
    • Cultural background
  • Victoria Police need improved fv training and increased resources
  • Inconsistent family violence training is reflected in the courts
  • Police prosecutors continues with the application despite contrary evidence
2017 Bursuary Student Comments

"Bursary was immensely helpful to me in the completion of my thesis. For all the practical things...and gave me further incentive to really dedicate myself to my research project – people had believed in it!"

"Undergoing an Honours year is intensive and it occupies most of your time... it allowed me to take time off from work...I was also given greater networking opportunities within the Criminology cohort. The bursary is also an amazing achievement to have listed on your academic resume."

To Apply for our 2018 Honours' Bursuaries, please read more below!
 

Invitations and Presentations 
Dr Karla Elliott

 
Friedrich-Schiller University Jena in Germany has awarded Karla a two-week visiting fellowship with the Post-Growth-Societies Research Group.
 
 'Masculinities and the transformation of capitalist societies', an upcoming panel, has requested Karla's expertise as well. She will make a presentation entitled 'The crisis of social reproduction and caring masculinities'.

 
 
Opportunities
2018 Honours Bursaries
Call for papers:
The Journal of Gender-Based Violence (Policy Press at Bristol University) is currently looking for papers for a special themed issue on:

‘Domestic Violence: New Developments in Policy and Practice in Europe’.
 
Further details can be found here.
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