Our network

The LAVAWN membership includes a diverse range of researchers across many disciplines working on a variety of exciting and innovative projects. Our researchers are across different stages of their research careers including principal researchers, early and middle-career researchers and higher degree students. Please see below for more information on our researchers.

NameDepartment Key areas
Dr Catina AdamsSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
  • family violence
  • maternal and child health nursing workforce
  • perinatal mental health
Jessica BeeJudith Lumley Centre
  • perinatal mental health
  • peer support
Emily CorbettAustralian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
  • child abuse
  • sexual revictimization
  • regional and rural violence
Dr Kirsty Duncanson Justice and Legal Studies
  • sexual violence
  • law
  • gender
Dr Kristina Edvardsson Public Health

  • sex selection
  • gender discriminatory practices in
    pregnancy and childbirth
Dr Kirsty Forsdike Management-Business
  • sport
  • family violence
  • women's wellbeing
Dr Leesa HookerRural Nursing and Midwifery
  • domestic violence
  • maternal and child health
  • early intervention
Dr Jessica Ison Judith Lumley Centre
  • FV & sexual violence prevention
  • LGBTQIA+ communities
  • safety on campus

Dr Balawyn Jones

La Trobe Law School

  • domestic and family violence
  • gender
  • religion and law
  • Islamic and CALD community research

Desireé LaGrappe

Judith Lumley Centre, School of Nursing & Midwifery

  • reproductive coercion
  • sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • equity and justice (gender, social & health)

Dr Anne-Marie Laslett

Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, School of Psychology and Public Health

  • alcohol's harm;
  • alcohol's harm to others
  • men's drinking and it's impacts on women and children
Dr Helena MenihJustice & Legal Studies
  • gender and social justice
  • women & homelessness & DFV
  • domestic/family violence
  • family report writing and domestic violence
Dr Engi MessihLa Trobe Law School
  • law / family law
  • domestic violence/family violence
  • intervention violence orders
  • discrimination
Dr Erica MillarCrime, Justice and Legal Studies
  • state-based reproductive coercion
  • regulating abortion
  • gender theory
Dr Hannah RobertLa Trobe Law School
  • family law
  • reproductive rights
  • violence against pregnant people
Dr Emma RussellCrime Justice and Legal Studies
  • policing and LGBTQI+ people
  • women, criminalisation and incarceration
  • prison experiences
Nicole ShackletonLa Trobe Law School
  • gender and law
  • discrimination
  • violence against women
Dr Angela Taft Public health
  • IPV/Family Violence
  • VAW & Health
  • Australia & Timor Leste

Dr Jacqui Theobald

Social Work and Social Policy
  • homelessness
  • historical and contemporary context of domestic violence services
  • gendered violence
  • social work
Dr Laura Tolton Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • obstetric violence
  • ideology  discourse

Dr Elena Wilson

Department of Rural Health Sciences.

  • rural health
  • public health policy
  • gender and environmental justice
  • research ethics.
Felicity YoungGender-based violence and international relations studies
  • gender-based violence
  • family violence
  • international development


Contact Us

Please contact Jess Ison if you would like to get in touch with network members.

Email: j.ison@latrobe.edu.au