Silke has a PhD and Masters in Criminology and an undergraduate degree (Honours) in Social Work. She moved to Brisbane from Bremen, Germany in 2006 to examine the help-seeking decisions of female victims of intimate partner violence for her PhD research at Griffith University. After completion of her PhD, she worked in the Policing and Security Research Program at the Institute for Social Science Research (UQ) before being awarded a UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Silke’s postdoctoral research examined regional and cultural differences in women and children’s experiences of domestic and family violence and related housing instabilities, and she has further conducted research on men’s compliance with Domestic Violence Orders and the role of fatherhood identity in perpetrator interventions.
Silke has also been a chief investigator on a number of program evaluations, including the evaluation of an integrated response to domestic and family violence for the Queensland Police Service and Department of Communities, the evaluation of a police-led multi-agency response to young people at risk for the Queensland Police Service and a national evaluation of the Respectful Relationships program for the Department of Social Services.
Throughout her research appointments, Silke has taught into the curriculum of the School of Social Science at UQ and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University. Prior to her career in research and teaching, she worked as a social worker with victims of domestic and family violence, vulnerable families and young people at risk. Silke is passionate about victims’ and children’s wellbeing and advocacy for holistic community responses to domestic and family violence.