When the internet becomes a weapon in DFV – looking into the relationship between sexting, revenge porn and stalking
Dr Marika Guggisberg
Dr Guggisberg joined CQU in February 2017. She has an undergraduate degree (Honours) in Psychology and a Masters in Criminology.
The internet is part of our daily lives and can be a great tool to assist victims of Domestic and Family Violence (DFV). For example, websites such as QCDFVR’s (www.noviolence.org.au) connect women, practitioners and the broader community and provide important information. However, the internet also gives perpetrators of DFV a platform to exert control over women, to threaten them and to instil a perception of omnipresence. Against this background, technology now provides a medium that enables new forms of intimate partner violence (IPV), namely cyberstalking and revenge porn, the non-consensual distribution of sexually explicit images of an intimate partner. We are just beginning to understand the wide-ranging impacts of these contemporary forms of violence on victimised women, which may reinforce victim-blaming attitudes. The purpose of this webinar is to inform about technology as an additional weapon within the context of IPV. It will assist in educating professionals and the general community on these new forms of DFV.
Engaging with Domestic and Family Violence Perpetrators as Fathers
Dr Silke Meyer
Dr Silke Meyer is the Lecturer in the Postgraduate Programs (Certificate and Diploma in Domestic and Family Violence Practice), CQUniversity.
Punitive approaches to perpetrators of domestic and family violence often have little effect on sustainable behaviour change and interventions seem to be most successful where perpetrators are motivated to engage. Thus, it is important to identify motivating factors that can be used to encourage active engagement in behaviour change programs. This presentation is based on interviews with 21 perpetrators mandated to attend a behaviour change program as the result of breaching their Domestic Violence Order. Significant themes that emerged from the interviews were perpetrators’ desires to be a better father and role model and to maintain a relationship with their children. These findings suggest that ‘fatherhood identity’ may be an angle to consider when trying to engage abusive men in behaviour change programs.
Mark has a long working history delivering behavioural change programs to a range of audiences with a variety of complex needs. He is a strong advocate for evidence based therapeutic interventions as a means of opening pathways to change. The webinar discusses engagement as the key determinant of change and the value of targeted and strategic language while working with perpetrators of violence.
The use of volunteers for complex client service delivery
Jo Bryant, CEO of Protecting All Children Today
During her 11 years with PACT Jo has implemented a range of mechanisms to sustain effective, highly trained Child Witness Support Volunteers who support vulnerable children and young people through the daunting court process.
Jo discusses targeted ways to attract, recruit, train and support Volunteers who provide direct client service delivery to victims and witnesses of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Myth busting domestic and family violence and Muslim societies
Dr Nada Ibrahim, Senior Researcher, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research
Dr Ibrahim’s expertise is in intimate partner violence in the Australian Muslim community. Nada has worked with organisations such as the Islamic Women’s Association Qld and Islamic College of Brisbane to improve their responses to domestic violence and mental health.
Nada’s presentation covers:
What is shariah?
Islamic marriage etiquette: what is it?
Domestic and family violence: Islamic legal considerations
How do perpetrators misinterpret Islamic texts to justify abuse?
Unintended pregnancy and violence: relationships, options and practice
Children by Choice Coordinator Amanda Bradley
Amanda is a public health leader who has worked across the not for profit and government sectors in both health and education. She has a passion for women’s health issues and a personal interest in mental well-being.
During this presentation, Amanda explores:
The intersection between reproductive coercion and violence
Violence and pregnancy: what are women’s options?
Blueprint for Access : supporting women who choose termination of pregnancy