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Not Now, Not Ever Research Symposium

Queensland’s policy and practice landscape is changing rapidly, as is reflected in the Queensland Women’s Strategy, the Not Now, Not Ever- Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 and the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan.

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, CQUniversity has partnered with researchers from other Queensland universities to convene a Research Symposium featuring keynote speakers, including representatives from the US Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, group discussions/ presentations and time for networking.

The Symposium is designed for researchers at all levels who are working in the field of gendered violence. Practitioners and policy makers from the range of sectors associated with gendered violence are invited to share in this experience.

Dates:   Thursday 23rd February to Friday 24th February
Venue:  Ocean International Hotel, 1 Bridge Road, Mackay Qld 4740
Cost:      Student – $350pp // Full Delegate – $500pp

View the handbook here

View the Symposium Program

Hard copies will be available to delegates at time of registration.

Professor Hillary Haldane

Fulbright Scholar Professor Hillary Haldane has conducted research on the relationship between Indigenous rights and violence against women since 1997, and has taught at Quinnipiac University since 2007, where she directs the anthropology program. Hillary has published two books and numerous articles and book chapters on the problem of gender-based violence, as well as published policy papers for addressing violence at the international and national levels.

Professor Gael Strack, Esq.

Professor Gael Strack, Esq., is the CEO of Alliance for HOPE International and oversees the Alliance’s Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. She is a former prosecutor and the founding Director of the San Diego Family Justice Center. She spearheaded much of the initial work and research on strangulation crimes from a prosecutor’s perspective.

Dr William Smock, MD

Dr William Smock, MD, is a member of the National Strangulation Training Institute Advisory Team. He is a Police Surgeon, Louisville Metro Police Department, Louisville, Kentucky.

The conference will be held at the Ocean International Hotel, 1 Bridge Road, Illawong Beach, Mackay Qld 4740

The closest airport to the venue is Mackay Airport. Mackay is only 1.5 hours’ drive from Airlie Beach delegates may want to consider flying into Mackay and out of either Proserpine or Hamilton Island. QCDFVR will be providing a complimentary bus transfer to Airlie Beach on Friday afternoon, seats are limited.

We recommend delegates stay at the symposium venue. Bookings can be made direct with the venue, please quote “Research Symposium” or through your preferred travel agent.

Ocean International

1 Bridge Road

Illawong Beach

Mackay Qld 4740

Toll Free: 1800 635 104

P: 07 4957 2044

F: 07 4957 2636


Room Type Room Rate/night
Queen room $129.00
Twin share room $139.00
Family room (triple share) $145.00

Check in: from 2pm – Check out: by 10am

Organising Committee

Associate Professor Annabel Taylor
QCDFVR | CQUniversity
Associate Professor Annabel Taylor is the director of Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR). Previously she was the Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre, Annabel was a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Human Services; School of Language, Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Dr Taylor’s main research interests are Criminal justice social work: women and domestic violence.

Professor Heather Douglas
Law School | University of Queensland
Professor Heather Douglas researches in the areas of criminal justice and domestic violence. Heather has published widely on criminal justice issues and around legal responses to domestic violence and child protection. In 2014 she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to research the way in which women who have experienced domestic violence use the legal system to help them leave violence.

Dr Kathleen Baird
Griffith University
Dr Kathleen Baird is a Senior Midwifery Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University and Director of Midwifery and Nursing Education, Women’s and Newborn Service, Gold Coast Hospital. For the last fifteen years Kathleen’s main research interests have centred around intimate partner violence, with a focus on violence during pregnancy. Kathleen’s PhD explored women’s experiences of partner violence during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz
Queensland University of Technology
Molly Dragiewicz is Associate Professor in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She is author of Equality with a vengeance: Men’s rights groups, battered women, and antifeminist backlash (2011), editor of Global Human Trafficking: Critical Issues and Contexts (2015), and co-editor of The Routledge handbook of critical criminology (2012) and The Routledge Major Works Collection: Critical Criminology (2014) with Walter DeKeseredy. Dragiewicz received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the American Society of Criminology Division on Critical Criminology in 2012 and the New Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime in 2009.

Dr Deborah Walsh
Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work | The University of Queensland
Dr Deborah Walsh is a domestic and family violence specialist practitioner and researcher who is currently lecturing at the University of Queensland in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. She developed one of Australia’s first risk assessment frameworks for use in family violence work and continues to provide training and consultancy to the health and welfare sector in Australia. Deborah conducted a landmark Australian study on the level, extent and nature of violence against women during pregnancy.

Institutional sponsors

View Abstracts Here

Hard copies will be available to delegates at time of registration.

Presentations (PDF) available for delegates, presenters and friends of QCDFVR

Keynote Presentations

  1. Queensland in the National Research Agenda – Jacki Burke, ANROWS
  2. Contemporary challenges in gendered violence service delivery: an applied research perspective – Associate Professor Hillary Haldane, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, Quinnipiac University
  3. Current and future policy directions: implications for research – Ms Barbara Shaw, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
  4. Strangulation: The Last Warning Shot – Professor Gael Strack, Esq. & Dr William Smock – Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

Health Matters

  1. Queensland Emergency Departments’ data: what they may tell us about domestic and family violence – Dr Ruth Barker
  2. Screening to Safety – Ms Liz Price
  3. Conspicuous by their absence: paramedics and children exposed to domestic violence – Mr Stephen Bartlett

Engaging Research

  1. ‘Tween’ perspectives on gender, sexualities and respectful relationships – Ms Bonney Corbin
  2. Sex and relationships education as violence prevention? Young Women’s experiences and perspectives – Ms Romy Listo
  3. Engaged research in action: A case study from regional Queensland – Dr Cathy O’Mullan

Practice Matters

  1. When ‘choice’ driven by domestic violence is deemed to be ‘impaired capacity’: The interweaving of domestic and family violence in the life of guardianship clients and what you can do – Ms Natalie Siegel-Brown (Please note this session did not have a power point presentation)
  2. Action research as a professional development tool in domestic violence refuges – Ms Theresa Kellett & Ms Cindy Dawson
  3. Domestic and family violence in Queensland – empowering survivors and growing stronger communities – Ms Thelma Schwartz

Integrated Responses

  1. Integrated responses: What works? – Dr Anne Butcher
  2. Influence of discourse and construction of domestic violence in collaborative community  responses – Dr Ann Carrington & Ms Sally Watson
  3. The Southport Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Court Trial: What has it achieved in its first 12 months? – Dr Christine Bond

Legal Matters

  1. Breaches of domestic violence orders: The Queensland context – Professor Heather Douglas
  2. Perpetrator (non)-compliance with domestic violence orders: situational circumstances, risk factors and rationalisations – Dr Silke Meyer
  3. Victims’ perspectives: Enforcement of protection orders across borders – Dr Heather Lovatt

Understudied/ Emerging Areas

  1. Migration and domestic violence: Women’s experiences under partner visas in Australia – Ms Ana Borges Jelinic
  2. Police training in domestic and family violence: trends, gaps and best practice – Dr Liane McDermott & Dr Nicola Cheyne
  3. Print-media discourses surrounding domestic violence in Queensland – Ms Anne Smith

Facilitated Discussion

  1. RISK: Family Violence and Seeking Security – Professor Jude McCulloch, Associate Professor Jane Maree Maher, Dr Marie Segrave and Dr James Roffee, Monash University


  1. Indigeneity, violence, and the work of the frontline – Associate Professor Hillary Haldane
  2. Print-media discourses surrounding domestic violence in Queensland – Ms Annie Smith
  3. ‘Hysterical’ Women: A  narrative analysis of gender and mental illness in Domestic Violence Order applications lodged against Queensland women – Ms Grace Norrie

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Phone: 07 4940 3348


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Phone: 07 4940 3340