Dr. Myrna Dawson delivers keynote address at Griffith University

Written by: Deborah Marshall on: Wed 02 of May, 2012

Leading crime experts will gather at a one-day Griffith University symposium on intimate partner violence and homicide in Brisbane on Thursday, May 3. The symposium aims to promote awareness among researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and community representatives in working towards tangible solutions to prevent intimate partner violence. 

Griffith University Violence Research and Prevention Program Director Professor Paul Mazerolle said intimate partner violence affected many families and communities in Australia and overseas. 

“The challenges and consequences of intimate partner violence are significant and require effective responses from government and non-government sectors,” he said. 

“This event is an opportunity to be informed about current and emerging research on intimate partner violence, as well as some of the strategies and responses currently in place.” 

Keynote speaker Associate Professor Myrna Dawson from the University of Guelph will discuss the trends and patterns in domestic homicide in Canada, and the findings of the Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee. Associate Professor Dawson is Research Chair in Public Policy in Criminal Justice at the University of Guelph, Canada. She is a member of Ontario’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee, a Research Associate in the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children. Her most recent projects examine intimacy, violence and the law in the international context. 

Other symposium speakers include: 

Dr Holly Johnson: University of Ottawa 

Lethal and non-lethal violence against female partners: What are the similarities?

Professor Heather Douglas: University of Queensland 

Domestic violence protection orders: Cross orders in Queensland courts

Heather Nancarrow: Queensland Centre for Domestic & Family Violence Research 

Exploring gender and race in civil domestic violence law: Work in progress

Robyn Holder: Australian National University 

Exploring gender and race in civil domestic violence law: Work in Progress

Dr Shannon Spriggs: Griffith University 

”Mentors in Violence Prevention: An effective bystander intervention strategy for Intimate Partner Violence” 

Steve Sellers: Griffith University 

Exploring police attitudes to Intimate Partner Homicide: Continuity or change?

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