Our Research (GVRN)

The Leaders in Gendered Violence Research

The Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) at UNSW is one of Australia’s leading research hubs for investigating, exploring and finding solutions to prevent gendered violence.

The following snapshot of publications and research findings related to domestic, family and sexual violence and work were prepared by the GRVN or its predecessor, the Centre of Gender-Related Violence studies, which housed the Australian and Domestic Family Violence Clearinghouse.

Context Matters: Developing Good Practice in Workplace Responses to Family & Sexual Violence in Papua New Guinea 2016 

This article considers the extent to which these workplace strategies can or should be modified for workplaces in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Findings from participatory action research undertaken with family and sexual violence (FSV) service providers, advocates, businesses, and their employees in PNG strongly indicate that workplace strategies should be modified to reflect cultural and other contextual specificities. Workplace strategies should reflect local understandings about what constitutes FSV, who may perpetrate and who may be victimized by FSV, and what supports are available to victims of FSV. It is important to note that while the supports examined are necessarily culturally and contextually specific to PNG, they have subsequently provided important insights relevant for workplace responses in other developing and industrialized countries, thereby extending the evidence base of possible workplace strategies generally.

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Implementation of Domestic Violence Clauses - An Employer's Perspective 2015

In November 2014, the School of Social Sciences at UNSW with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) jointly funded a project investigating the implementation of ‘Domestic Violence Clauses’ (DV clauses) in select industrial agreements. The purpose of this project is to analyse the effects of implementing the DV clauses from an employer’s perspective. Researchers from the Gendered Violence Research Network at UNSW conducted an online survey of employer experiences of the implementation of DV clauses where they have been negotiated as part of their enterprise agreement or award or implemented through directives.

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Domestic & Family Violence Clauses in Your Workplace – Implementation & Good Practice

This twelve-month (2012-2013) monitoring study was undertaken by the Social Policy Research Centre and the Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies at UNSW with a number of large workplaces which had enterprise agreements that included a domestic violence clause. The monitoring process reinforced that the essential elements for a successful implementation of domestic violence clauses are ongoing monitoring and research, awareness and information strategies, the guarantee of confidentiality, and training.

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Report on a Scoping Study into the Effects of Sexual Violence on Employees & the Workplace 

This scoping study was conducted in Darwin, Australia during 2013 in partnership with the Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Rape and the Northern Territory Working Women’s Centre. It involved 13 in-depth interviews with survivors of sexual violence. The research highlights how the often devastating impact of sexual assault and child sex abuse can also affect employees and the workplace, whether or not the violence takes place at work, and recommends how employers can provide support for survivors.

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Key Findings - National Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey 2011

Between February and July 2011, the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse at UNSW and Micromex Research conducted a national online domestic violence and the workplace survey. The survey was completed by over 3,600 union members. These are the key findings from the research.

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Full Report - National Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey 2011

This Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse submission responds to the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012 and recommends that specific benchmarks on domestic and family violence workplace rights and entitlements be set and monitored by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

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Mailin Suchting, Manager
Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW
Phone: +61 2 9385 2991
Email: m.suchting@unsw.edu.au