Australia's 'hunting grounds': power, privilege and preventing violence

Following the release of US documentary The Hunting Ground, which cast a spotlight on the horrifying prevalence of sex assaults on university campuses, La Trobe hosted a panel of experts on 11 May 2016 to discuss how tertiary institutions can work to combat the problem.

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Excerpts from The Hunting Ground courtesy of Madman Entertainment.

Three prominent and respected voices will come together for a discussion on sexual violence in universities and, more broadly, across Australian society.

In 2015, La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar established Project Unified, recognising the unique role universities can play in influencing public opinion and educating the community. "We have a responsibility to take leadership on issues, such as violence, that have such a significant impact on members of our community," Professor Dewar said. Ideas and Society Convenor, Emeritus Professor Robert Manne said this event promised to be a thought-provoking discussion with significant social importance.


Lieutenant General David Morrison (retired) is the 2016 Australian of the Year, the Former Chief of Army and a leading advocate for eliminating violence against women. He is currently the Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia, Board member of Our Watch and a Male Champion of Change.

Dr Nicola Henry is a Senior Lecturer in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies at La Trobe University. She has widely published ground breaking research on rape culture. Her forthcoming book, Sex, Violence and Justice in a Digital Era, co-authored with Dr Anastasia Powell, adds to the contemporary debate on violence.

Dr Troy McEwan is a clinical and forensic psychologist at Swinburne University of Technology. She has published widely including studies on the psychological characteristics of stalkers, stalkers' intelligence, attachment styles, and the role of mental illness in stalking behaviour.


johndProfessor John Dewar is an internationally renowned family law specialist and researcher. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford who taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick in the UK, and worked for the London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co. Professor Dewar has held senior leadership positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne, where he was Provost, before becoming Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe.