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.