August 2018

Journal Article: Aboriginal Women’s Experiences With Intimate Partner Sexual Violence and The Dangerous Lives They Live As a Result of Victimization Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma 1-19

Considerable research has documented the seriousness of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence, which has been found to affect Aboriginal women disproportionally. In addition, rates of intimate homicides are five times higher for Aboriginal women than non-Aboriginal women. Intimate Partner Sexual Violence tends to have a particular capacity to attack the identity of victimized women because of the multiple forms of violence experienced at the same time. This study investigated the nature of violence experienced by a current or former intimate partner.

Frontline intervention policy developers and practitioners may implement specific protective measures in recognition of the increased danger Aboriginal women face. Barriers should be removed to address victimization in a culturally sensitive way. It is imperative to retain an empathic understanding, demonstrate cultural competency and openness when providing assistance and support.

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August 2018

7 Guiding Principles for Workplaces: Domestic Violence Provisions

Australian Employers are responsible for providing safe workplaces – free from harassment, abuse and violence. At times, the impact of gendered violence outside of a workplace, can impact staff at work, with evidence suggesting: Abuse/ harassment often continued at work Abuse involved threatening calls, texts, emails Perpetrators can physically attend workplaces Victims can be prevented from attending work So, how can employers support their staff and maintain a safe workplace?

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July 2018

Journal Article: Therapeutic engagement and treatment progress: Developing and testing an in-treatment measure of client engagement among sex offenders in a group program Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment 1-20

The engagement process of sexual offenders in group-based cognitive-behavioral treatment is an important area of study. Disclosure management style (DMS), a model developed from grounded-theory research of men undertaking a prototypical program, provides a framework to assess engagement in treatment. Our goal was to develop a quantitative measure of DMS, to test its reliability and validity, and to evaluate its utility as a measure of treatment progress by examining relationships between DMS and established measures of treatment change.

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July 2018

Journal Article: Formal and informal help-seeking by Australian parents who misuse alcohol Child Abuse Review Vol. 27 : 317-335

Parental substance misuse has a pervasive impact on family functioning, parenting, and, ultimately, child wellbeing and development. Subsequently, linkages with informal and formal support networks are crucial for ameliorating risk. To facilitate engagement with these families prior to identification in child protection systems, it is vital to understand the factors inhibiting and promoting engagement with informal and formal support.

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April 2018

Domestic and family violence and its relationship to child protection

Domestic and family violence is a significant social problem which has become the focus of increased community concern. Whether children experience violence themselves or witness this behaviour, this violence can have long-lasting impacts on children’s wellbeing and development. The seriousness and prevalence of domestic and family violence mean that practitioners need ways to minimise risk to children and adult victim/survivors and to support their safety and wellbeing.

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February 2018

Journal Article: Motivating perpetrators of domestic and family violence to engage in behaviour change: The role of fatherhood Child and Family Social Work (1):97-104

Policies and practices around domestic and family violence (DFV) increasingly focus on perpetrator accountability. With growing evidence that punitive responses alone have a limited deterrent effect on perpetrators, behaviour change programs play a significant role in creating accountability and improving safety for victims and children. Motivating perpetrators to engage in such programs can, however, be challenging.

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