Reducing family violence: a whole of community research approach

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Thursday 20 October 2016

This event will bring together representatives from all facets of the community, including politics, sports, health and survivors of family violence.

Family violence has horrendous consequences on the individual, family groups and the community as a whole. In 2016, one in four families will experience family violence. Reducing this number is a whole of community responsibility.

Victoria University researchers will showcase their research in the area, whilst community representatives will discuss how they are approaching the problem of family violence. The event aims to provide a forum for community discussion, leading to the identification of collaborative research problems for future researchers.


Lesley Flemming

Magistrate, Victorian Childrens Court

Ms Fleming has over 30 years experience working in the legal profession. She is a former barrister at the Victorian Bar and for the past 20 years Ms Fleming has been a Magistrate in Victoria.

Joanna Fletcher

Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Legal Service Victoria

Joanna has been working on issues arising from relationship breakdown and violence against women for over 15 years.

Prior to commencing as CEO of Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV) in April 2010, Joanna managed WLSV’s policy and advocacy work. She was also the national law reform coordinator and national spokesperson for Women’s Legal Services Australia.

Joanna is a member of the new statewide Family Violence Steering Committee and has been a significant contributor to family violence and family law policy reform. Joanna has also worked as a Senior Researcher (Family Violence) at the Judicial College of Victoria and as a Senior Advisor in the Family Violence Reform Coordination Unit in state government.

Nick Truelson

Chief Commercial Officer, Western Bulldogs (AFL)

Nick is responsible for driving the success of the organisation by building and leveraging the Western Bulldogs brand, with a key focus on increasing football revenues through commercial portfolios of the business and expanding the clubs fan engagement strategy (including digital).

Dr Melissa Wood


Melissa is a police representative from Forensicare working on stalking and family violence (health perspective). She holds a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical, Forensic Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, known as Forensicare, is the state-wide specialist provider of forensic mental health services in Victoria. We are the only agency in Victoria that provides clinical services that span the mental health and justice sectors.

Between 2003 and 2015, Dr Wood has worked intermittently in a research capacity on a project basis for the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at the Swinburne University of Technology (CFBS).

Her main areas of research and clinical interest and expertise include psychopathic personality disorder, violence and sexual risk assessment, "what works" in violent offender rehabilitation, and understanding the relationship between major mental illness, personality characteristics, and violent behaviour.

Dr Zuleyka Zevallos


Dr Zevallos is the Director, Evidence to Action, with Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS). She holds a PhD in Sociology and she is an Adjunct Research Fellow with Swinburne University.

Prior to joining ANROWS, Dr Zevallos was the Program Manager for the Australian Academy of Science, where she managed Science Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), a national initiative that works to improve gender equity and diversity in higher education and research institutes. Dr Zevallos has previously worked as an academic with Swinburne and Monash University, and as an applied sociologist with federal and state government. She has also provided research and social media consultancy for small business and the not for profit sector.

Dr Zevallos specialises in analysing issues of culture, discrimination and diversity in the workplace, gender and sexuality, social media, intercultural communication, ethnicity and religion, political analysis, as well as environmental health and safety.

Event details

Event program: Reducing family violence event program.

RSVP:   [email protected]

Open to all. 

Where: City Convention Centre, Flinders Street.

This event is part of the Victoria University Research Festival, taking place 17-28 October 2016.

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20 October 2016, 3:00pm to 7:30pm

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