Children's Voices in Family Violence Practice and Research

Room 224
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street


Speaker: Dr Anita Morris, DHHS Principal Practitioner Family Violence and Project Lead of the SWIFT Collaboration

Across sectors children experiencing family violence have not been treated as victims in their own right. They have not been able to have their voices heard. However, recent research has brought this issue to the fore and begun to create innovative ways for children to have a say about their experiences of family violence. This is a welcome change within the research arena. Practice reform that creates enabling environments where children feel safe and supported to express themselves is the crucial next step to ensure appropriate responses for children experiencing family violence.

This presentation will begin with a brief historical synopsis based on Dr Morris’ PhD literature review and discuss more recent advances in family violence research with children. She will describe the challenges in practice environments and the opportunities for implementation research to further our understanding of helpful responses for children experiencing family violence.

Dr Anita Morris is DHHS Principal Practitioner Family Violence and Project Lead of the SWIFT Collaboration, a trauma informed model of care being trialled in paediatric settings.  Most recently Dr Morris was Allied Health Manager of Social Work and Pastoral Care at Western Health. She holds an Honorary Fellowship at University of Melbourne and is a Board Member at McAuley Community Services for Women. Dr. Morris has worked across family violence, public health, education and community settings for over 20 years, has a strong interest in trauma informed care and gained her PhD in health responses to children experiencing family violence.

MAEVe Seminar Series

The Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children (MAEVe) was established in 2015 to draw together research and evaluation capacity across the University, in partnership with community, industry and government agencies, to respond to this pressing challenge.

MAEVe strives to make a difference to the lives of women, families and communities by addressing and preventing violence against women through interdisciplinary and intra-institutional collaboration.

MAEVe's lunchtime seminar series is held fortnightly (with the exception of holidays)

Semester 2 Program

All events are held on Tuesdays between 1pm and 2pm at Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton.

25 July920Violence and Disability: Contemplating the IntersectionsJessica Cadwallader
8 August224Children's Voices in Family Violence Practice and ResearchAnita Morris
22 August920Sexual Violence and the Culture of ImpunityDolly Kikon
5 September920New Psychological Perspectives on Objectification and Violence Against WomenAdriana Vargas Saenz and Michelle Stratemeyer
19 September920Securing Muslim Women's Safety: Organising Against Domestic Violence in the 'Age of Terror'Amy Piedalue
10 October223Understanding Women's Mobility and Empowerment in Bangladesh's Garment IndustryRimi Khan
24 October920Gender and Activism for Indonesian Survivors of Enforced Military Prostitution during the Japanese Occupation of the Netherlands East IndiesKate McGregor
14 November224Intervention Orders Online: Early Results of an Evaluation of the Online Application for FVIOs in Three Magistrates' CourtsStuart Ross
28 November224Violence Against Women in Indian Print MediaAmanda Gilbertson