It is with regret that we are saying goodbye to Dr Silke Meyer from CQUniversity and the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research from January 2019. Silke joined CQUniversity in 2015 as our first lecturer in the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Domestic and Family Violence Practice. Silke was instrumental in designing and establishing these postgraduate qualifications. Silke had practice experience as a social worker prior to completing a PhD at Griffith University on the help-seeking decisions of women impacted by intimate partner violence. Since completing the PhD Silke has published widely in the area of intimate partner violence and criminal justice responses.
In recent years Silke’s work has focussed on the role of fathering and intimate partner violence as she has led two major Queensland Government sponsored evaluations of the Caring Dads and Walking with Dads programmes. During the last two years Silke has been a member of the Queensland Domestic Violence Death Review Board. In addition to Silke’s breadth of involvement in endeavouring to bring about change in domestic and family violence policy and responses she has been a wonderful colleague and contributor to the work of the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research.
The association of the domestic violence postgraduate teaching programme with the Centre has created unique opportunities for students to benefit from Silke’s active participation in cutting edge research and practice. We all wish Silke a smooth transition to Melbourne. Along with many others we are going to miss her understanding, her willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ and to support the collaborative teams of the centre.