Kim is a lecturer in Psychology with particular interest in social research methodologies. She is also a fellow of the Institute for Health and Sport. Her main area of research is preventing and responding to intimate partner violence.

This work started with her PhD: Policing Intimate Partner Violence Involving Female Victims: An Exploratory Study of the Influence of Relationship Stage on the Victim-Police Encounter. Her more recent work has focussed on community attitudes towards violence against women and the primary prevention of violence against women, including the promotion of proactive bystander behaviour.

Kim is committed to exploring ways in which the safety and wellbeing of women experiencing intimate partner violence can be enhanced.

Kim is also the research and integrated learning lead for the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, which forms part of the ongoing partnership between Victoria University and the Western Bulldogs. VU’s unique association with the WBCF comprises a multi-faceted partnership, which includes joint pursuit of research initiatives, work integrated learning programs, and collaboration on content design and sharing of clinical expertise.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Shearson, K. M. (2017). Seeking help from police for intimate partner violence: Applying a relationship phase framework to the exploration of victims’ evolving needs. Journal of Interpersonal Violence (online). DOI: 10.1177/0886260517744185

Research grants

Kim has received the following research funding in the area of the primary prevention of violence against women:

  • Momentum Project Evaluation – $15,000
  • Evaluation of the Gender Equity through the Arts Program - $63,000.

Teaching & coordination responsibilities

Postgraduate research students


Honours (Psych): 9

Master of Applied Psychology: 3


Co-supervision: 3 PhD students

Supervision of 3 Master of Applied Psychology and 4 Honours students

Areas of expertise

  • Policing intimate partner violence
  • Community attitudes towards intimate partner violence
  • Primary prevention of violence against women

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