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Counting Violence: The Implications of Quantification for Policy and Practice on Gendered Violence

The logic of ‘big data’ is now being applied to programs aimed at ending gendered violence. Increasingly, scholars, practitioners, activists and government bodies are turning to indicators, algorithms and other statistical tools in order to construct knowledge about the highly complex problem of gendered violence.Quantification can help to foster public awareness, prompt political, legal and social action, validate the experiences of victims, and ensure accountability at the individual, organisational and state levels.

Yet what are the implications of this “quantitative turn” for addressing and preventing the problem of gendered violence?

What do numbers reveal about the lived experiences of victims or the underlying causes of violence?

In this panel, we will explore the possibilities and limitations of measuring gendered violence drawing on Sally Merry Engle’s (2016) new book The Seductions of Quantification. The panel will explore the hotly contested definitions and causes of gendered violence, and will consider the implications of quantification for how to best respond and prevent gendered violence in both national and international contexts.


Nicola Henry (Facilitator) Associate Professor & Vice-Chancellor's Principal Research Fellow Centre for Global Research RMIT University

Dr Anastasia Powell, Senior Research and ARC DECRA Fellow, RMIT University

Dr Larissa Sandy, Lecturer, RMIT University

Dr Mayet Costello, Director, Research Program, ANROWS


This seminar is organised by the Centre for Global Research and RMIT’s
Gendered Violence and Abuse Research Alliance (GeVARA)


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