How do we turn research and knowledge about violence against women into action? How have research findings influenced decision-making and practices in the domestic and family violence sector? Professors Nadine Wathen, Marilyn Ford-Gilboe and Colleen Varcoe share their insights and expertise on knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) strategies that can enhance the take-up of evidence in policy development and in community and health services. They reflect on their KTE experiences addressing violence against women in Canada both for the general population, and drawing out lessons from their work with Indigenous women.
This event is hosted by Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) in partnership with Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children (MAEVe) at the University of Melbourne.
Date: Tuesday 25th October
Time: Registration & canapés from 5PM-6PM. Public lecture from 6PM-7:30PM
Venue: Museum Theatre, Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton. Use main entrance of the Museum; once down the escalators go left to the lower ground, where you will find the Museum Theatre.
About the speakers
Professor Nadine Wathen, PhD (nadinewathen.ca) is Full Professor at The University of Western Ontario, a Research Scholar at Western’s Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (www.learningtoendabuse.ca) and a Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. Her research examines the health and social service sector response to violence against women and children, interventions to reduce health inequities, and the science of knowledge translation, with a focus on partnerships to enhance the use of research in policy and practice. She co-leads a number of research initiatives, including: the PreVAiL Research Network (www.prevailresearch.ca), VEGA: A Public Health Response to Family Violence (projectVEGA.ca), EQUIP: Research to Equip Primary Health Care for Equity (http://equiphealthcare.ca) and the international Domestic Violence @ Work Network (www.dvatworknet.org).
Professor Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor and Women’s Health Research Chair in Rural Health at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. For the past 2 decades, Dr. Ford-Gilboe’s research program has focused on reducing health inequities and enhancing quality of life of women who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) and their families. She is particularly interested in the experiences of women who face barriers to support, especially those living in rural settings, gender diverse women and Aboriginal women. In collaboration with national and international teams, she is leading or co-leading research focussed on developing, testing and/or scaling up complex, trauma- and violence-informed, primary health care interventions for abused women (e.g. iHEAL, Reclaiming our Spirits), and people living in marginalised conditions (e.g. Equip Health Care), and online interventions designed to enhance the safety planning and mental health of women experiencing IPV (e.g. I Can Plan 4 Safety). She recently led the development of a brief version of the Composite Abuse Scale (CAS) that offers a practical way of accurately capturing important aspects of women’s experiences of IPV in population-based surveys. She is President of the Nurses Network on Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI), a member of the Violence Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), Southwest Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee (VAWCC) and the PreVAiL Research Network (www.prevailresearch.ca). She has published more than 70 articles and book chapters from her work.
Professor Colleen Varcoe, PhD is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on reducing structural and interpersonal violence and inequities, and on promoting ethical and equitable health care practice and policy. She is currently leading or co-leading intervention studies to this end. These include studies of health promotion interventions for women experiencing violence, including a study specifically with Indigenous women, studies to promote equitable, culturally safe and trauma- and violence-informed care in primary care settings, and more recently in Emergency Departments and a study of an on-line safety and health intervention. Her teaching and research focus on discrimination related to the intersecting issues of gender, class and racism. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and author of over 100 journal articles, books and book chapters.