About the conference

Domestic and family violence is in epidemic proportions in Australia and globally. It threatens the health, well-being and quality of life of women, children and families at tremendous economic and social costs. Successful responses to violence against women, children and families must be undertaken in collaboration with stakeholders across many sectors and consider the complexity and diversity of women's lives and the communities in which they live.

The health care system and those who work in it have a vital role to play in preventing violence and abuse and reducing its impacts. Progress is being made in identifying effective practices and policies to address violence against women, children and families, both within health care and more broadly. And yet, there is much more to do.

This conference will bring together global researchers, educators, health and social service providers and advocates to exchange knowledge and ideas and generate best practices to prevent and/or reduce the impacts of violence against women, children and families.

The conference includes

  • 2 full days of plenary addresses from 5 international leaders in the field
  • sessions focused on research, practice innovations and policies initiatives covering a wide range of issues related to violence among women, children and families.

In addition, a pre-conference workshop will offer participants opportunities to share ideas for working with Aboriginal and First Nations peoples around issues of violence against women, children and families, bringing ideas and strategies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

We encourage students to participate in this conference and offer special sessions for students to network and meet senior scholars and mentors. These include a student breakfast and pre-conference workshop on multi-disciplinary methods for conducting research related to violence against women, children and families. The workshop will include a focus on sensitive strategies for engaging in research with migrant and refugee families.

Stay tuned for more details about the conference program.

Organising committee

  • Chair - Professor Angela Taft
    La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Assistant Professor Camille Burnett
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA, USA
  • Professor Marilyn Ford-Gilboe
    Western University, London ON, Canada
  • Leesa Hooker
    La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Associate Professor Susan Jack
    McMaster University, Hamilton ON, Canada
  • Sonia Reisenhofer
    La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Assistant Professor Donna Schminkey
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA, USA
  • Associate Professor Melissa Sutherland
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA, USA
  • Professor Agnes Tiwari
    University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

NNVAWI student committee

There are many opportunities for students to become actively involved in NNVAWI - through engagement on sub-committees and attendance at our annual meetings - which always include a NNVAWI Student Networking Breakfast.

The co-chairs of the NNVAWI Student Committee, Leesa Hooker (La Trobe University, Australia) and Amanda St. Ivany (University of Virginia, USA) would like to invite all student members of NNVAWI to join them on the working group. The committee is open to all student members who are interested.

The mandate is to provide a forum for student members to interact around the issues which they identify as priorities and to bring forward recommendations to the NNVAWI Board of Directors for better integration and support of student members.

If you are interested in being involved please contact either Leesa (l.hooker@latrobe.edu.au) or Amanda (ars2tb@virginia.edu).