Gendered Violence Research Network

Since 2001, GVRN has been at the forefront of developing solutions to prevent gendered violence - one of the most prevalent human rights violations affecting our world today.

Our research explores the impact of gendered violence - also known as ‘gender-based violence’ or ‘gender-related violence’ - on all population groups, although studies clearly show that women and children are disproportionately affected.

The Convenor of the GVRN is Professor and Head of the School of Social Sciences, Jan Breckenridge.

Leveraging our research excellence and evidence-based insights into gendered violence, we contribute to making real-world impact on communities through our Gendered Violence & Organisations stream. This innovative, research-led offering incorporates tailored training and advisory services for employers wanting to address the significant effects of domestic, family and sexual violence on their employees and organisation.


Our Objectives

  • 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 to reduce and mitigate the harmful effects of gendered violence.


Our Strategies

  • 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.


Our Expertise

  • Bringing together 50+ research affiliates across multi-disciplines
  • Connecting 1,500 external members
  • Assisted employers from 50+ organisations to address domestic, family and/or sexual violence in their organisations


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.

In the latest episode, in a podcast series by the UNSW Women's Wellbeing AcademyProfessor Jan Breckenridge speaks with co-host Professor Eileen Baldry, on the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of women experiencing domestic and family violence.

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. 

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Contact Us

For further information about the Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) or any of its projects, contact:

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

Our People

  • 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.