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The WHY Campaign - Day 14 of 16 Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

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The WHY Campaign - Day 14 of 16 Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Time & Location

Dec 08, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM GMT+11

Zoom Live Recorded Event

About the Event

Our upcoming events are to acknowledge the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November & Human Rights Day 10 Dec.

"The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. We are hosting and running x16 days of FREE global Public Awareness Events starting on 25 Nov up to 10 Dec.

Event Theme:  'Critical domestic family violence research that makes a real practical & significant difference!'

Guest Speaker Bio:

Dr Silke Meyer is an Associate Professor in Criminology and outgoing Deputy Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and the incoming Leneen Forde Chair in Child and Family Research at Griffith University. She is a criminologist and social worker by training, bringing practical and theoretical expertise to her research, teaching and writing. Silke’s research centres on different aspects of domestic and family violence, including women and children’s safety, wellbeing and recovery, men’s accountability in their role as perpetrators and fathers, experiences specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the role of domestic and family violence-informed practice in child protection, policing and court proceedings.

Silke has delivered evaluations for several government and non-

government organisations, including police, child protection, perpetrator interventions and victim support services. She is further a Subject Matter Expert for the Raising Children Network and has recently completed a three-year board membership on the inaugural Qld Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board. Her research has been published and cited across disciplines and continues to inform policy and practice in areas of victim and perpetrator-related service delivery.

Our International Guest Speakers - 

Guest speaker Bio:

Dr. Rebecca Heron a Forensic Psychologist from the UK. Currently hired by the University of Houston-Victoria as an assistant professor of forensic psychology. She conducts research with victims of domestic violence focusing on exploring their access to support services. Dr. Heron has worked extensively with domestic violence victims providing them with counselling and support. She is passionate about helping victims to leave their abusive relationships through increasing the quality and support they receive.

Title of presentation:  Domestic violence victims' access to support services: Barriers and Facilitators.

Short intro of presentation: Presentation to focus on victims' access to support services, what the barriers and facilitators are generally and also in terms of victims accessing the health care service. Finally, the presentation will end on reflections in terms of the pandemic and how this creates a further barrier for victims to access support. Discussion of ways to possibly deal with this, with the aim of victims getting the support they need to access services and leave.

Guest speaker Bio:

Dr. Sandy Venneman, an Experimental Psychologist, is a professor in the departments of psychology & biology at the University of Houston-Victoria. She teaches research methods and statistics and is collaborating with Dr. Herron on her current research in the area of domestic violence. Title of presentation:  Domestic violence victims' access to support services: Barriers and Facilitators.

Short intro of presentation: Presentation to focus on victims' access to support services, what the barriers and facilitators are generally and also in terms of victims accessing the health care service. Finally, end on reflections in terms of pandemic and how this creates a further barrier for victims to access support. Discussion of ways to possibly deal with this with aim of victims getting support they need to access services and leave. 

Guest speaker Bio:

Kendall Pasko is studying for her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology at the University of Houston - Victoria. In the past, she has worked as a domestic violence survivor advocate and child specialist in a crisis residential setting and is a student researcher assisting Dr. Heron on her current study in the area of domestic violence. 

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