Gendered Violence Research Network

What is Gendered Violence?

Gendered violence is an expression of power and control over individuals or groups because of their gender. It's a broad term that encompasses domestic, family and sexual violence, and includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, and violence among household members, extended families and kinships. Gender-related violence, gender-based violence (GBV), sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and violence against women (VAW) are other commonly used terms in this field. More recently, terms such as gendered misconduct and sexual misconduct have also been used. 

However, while it’s clear that women and children are disproportionately affected, we use ‘gendered violence’ with the acknowledgement that men, women, elders and youth can be victims and perpetrators. In addition, we acknowledge that gendered violence can be experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Gendered violence is not limited to physical or sexual violence. It can include a range of behaviours used to intimidate, coerce, harass and control another person, including financial abuse.

World-Class Research, Real-World Impact

Uniting renowned academics specialising in gendered violence with the world-class research excellence of the UNSW network, GVRN are research leaders in exploring the impact of gendered violence. Our research interests span sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, family violence, child sexual abuse and adult survivors, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, gendered misconduct, trafficking for domestic and sexual slavery, and girl child infanticide.

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Training and advisory services for your workplace

With 1 in 3 women globally being victims of gendered violence* and 2.2. million Australians having experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a partner in the past year**, it’s vital we understand the real-life implications of this experience along with how to recognise, respond and prevent Gendered Violence in our local communities. The Gendered Violence & Organisations program developed by GVRN offers tailored training and specialised advisory services for employers wanting to address gendered violence in their workplace. Using innovative and evidence-based schemes, our programs and services have helped make an impact on organisations throughout Australia and beyond. 

* Australian Institute of Health & Welfare, 2019
** World Health Organisation, 2017 

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Preventing Gendered Violence Worldwide with the PLuS Alliance

In a one-of-its-kind partnership between King’s College London, UNSW Sydney and Arizona State University, the PLuS Alliance works towards promoting social justice principles and enabling research-led solutions to global challenges including gendered violence. 

Explore the Partnership

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  • Caitlin Biddolph - Supervisors Penny Griffin and Liz Thurbon 
  • Research:Queering International Criminal Law: Gender, Sexuality, and Nationalism at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
  • Sophie Yates - Supervisors Jan Breckenridge and Louise Chappell
  • Research:A critical frame analysis of Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence.
  • Maureen MacGinley - Supervisors Jan Breckenridge and Jane Mowll
  • Research:The experience of shame for adults subjected to sexual abuse in childhood.
  • Jeannette Walsh - Supervisors Jo Spangaro and Jesse Cale
  • Research:“Both sides now”: Safer home visiting for Child and Family Health Nurses to engage with women experiencing intimate partner violence.
  • Samantha Lyneham - Supervisors Jan Breckenridge and Bianca Fileborn
  • Research:Understanding Consent and Coercion in Forced Marriage in Australia
  • Elena Cama - Supervisors Bianca Fileborn, Andrea Durbach and Janet Chan
  • Research:Understanding and Responding to Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence in Online Dating.
  • Melanie Burton - Supervisors Annie Cossins and Jesse Cale
  • Research:The Characteristics and Behaviours of Undetected Intrafamilial Child Sex Offenders.
  • Malory Plummer - Supervisors Annie Cossins and Janet Chan
  • Research:The Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Male Victims: Explaining the Transition from Victim to Offender.
  • Grace Thomas - Supervisors Caroline Lenette
  • Research:The Potential of #MeToo: a media analysis of the #MeToo narrative as a response to global sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Thea Gumbert-Jourjon - Supervisors Annie Cossins and Jane Goodman-Delahunty
  • Research:Unreasonable doubts? Improving juror decision making in sexual assault trials.

Contact Us

For further information about the Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) or any of its projects, email us or contact Mailin Suchting below.

Professor Jan Breckenridge
Co-convenor, Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW
Phone: +61 2 9385 1863

Mailin Suchting
Manager, Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW
Phone: +61 2 9385 2991