Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

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

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Kim Shearson

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.


  • PhD, VicMelb, 2015
  • BSc (Hons, Psych), VicMelb, 2002

Key publications

Year Citation
2021 Shearson, K. M. (210201). Seeking Help From Police for Intimate Partner Violence: Applying a Relationship Phase Framework to the Exploration of Victims Evolving Needs. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(3-4), (1745-1771).

doi: 10.1177/0886260517744185

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Evaluation of the gender equality through the Arts Grants Program
From: VicHealth, VU Internal Funding
Other investigators: Aspr Gavin Ivey, Prof Christopher Sonn, Prof Jenny Sharples
For period: 2019-2020
Not disclosed

Momentum Project Evaluation
From: Carers Victoria Incorporated
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed
Western Bulldogs Community Foundation: Activity Schedule 3 of Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Western Bulldogs and Victoria University
From: Western Bulldogs Community Foundation
Other investigators: Dr Carolyn Deans, Prof Jenny Sharples
For period: 2018-2021
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
4 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (4) Associate supervisor

Other supervision of research students

Supervision Completions at Victoria University Honours (Psych): 9 Master of Applied Psychology: 3

Teaching activities & experience

Kim has the following teaching and coordination responsibilities

  • Undergraduate unit: APP3027 Relationship and Family Wellbeing
  • Undergraduate unit: APP2023 Interpersonal Skills 2
  • Undergraduate unit: APS3030 Social Research Methods


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.