Gendered Violence Research Network


The Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) is a joint initiative of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and UNSW Law. GVRN was established with support from the School of Social Sciences, is located within UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, and has succeeded the Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies (CGRVS).

Members of GVRN 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.

The Network uses 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, 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.


  • 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 Network members include research projects, roundtable discussions, seminars, and knowledge dissemination nationally and internationally.

PLuS Alliance GVRN

The PLuS Alliance is a unique partnership between King’s College London, UNSW Sydney and Arizona State University. This partnership works towards promoting social justice principles and enables research-led solutions to global challenges.

As a PLuS Alliance partner, UNSW Sydney is extending its global impact through partnerships. These will provide a new model of international research collaboration, harness industry links, and provide a competitive advantage.

PLuS Alliance has established a research network to examine gendered violence issues – PluS Alliance GVRN. This aims to address issues of gendered violence with a focus on sexual violence and harassment in University campus communities.

Research Affiliates

Contact GVRN

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

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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