Gendered Violence Research Network


The Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) is a joint initiative of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and UNSW Law. It was established with support from the School of Social Sciences, and is located within UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

Our members aim to explore gendered violence – also known as gender-related or gender-based violence – as an expression of power and control over individuals or groups because of their gender.

We use the broad term ‘gendered violence’ to reflect its impact on all population groups, although it is clear that women and children are disproportionately affected.

Our research interests span sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, family violence, child sexual abuse and adult survivors, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, gendered misconduct, image-based abuse, lateral violence, trafficking for domestic and sexual slavery, and girl child infanticide. These abuses can occur in private contexts such as the immediate family and extended family networks, as well as in community settings and intrastate or interstate conflict.

Tweets by UNSW GVRN

  • Contribute to the body of evidence addressing the causes, consequences and intervention strategies for gendered violence in Australia and internationally.
  • Combine research excellence and practitioner knowledge to encourage innovation and good practice.
  • Promote informed, evidence-based discussion of policy and practice with the goal of reducing and mitigating the harmful effects of gendered violence.
  • Undertake rigorous and reliable multi-disciplinary research which focuses on ‘real-world’ outcomes.
  • Prioritise engagement with key communities, especially service providers and service users.
  • Incorporate victim and survivor voices into its research, particularly those from marginalised populations.

Activities undertaken by our members include research projects, roundtable discussions, seminars, and knowledge dissemination nationally and internationally.

PLuS Alliance GVRN

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Second National Summit – Dowry Abuse

22 February 2019

Dowry Abuse is a form of domestic violence and it can seriously harm women’s mental health and wellbeing.

For more information and register (PDF).

  • 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.

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

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

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

Professor Annie Cossins
Co-convenor, Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW
Phone: +61 2 9385 2246