Analysing Safety and Place in Immigrant and Refugee Experience

Room 106
Level 1
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street, Carlton


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Presented by Melbourne Social Equity Institute, Researchers for Asylum Seekers (RAS) and Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against women and their children (MAEVe).

Speaker: Cathy Vaughan, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

The ‘Analysing Safety and Place in Immigrant and Refugee Experience’ (ASPIRE) research project worked with communities in eight metropolitan and regional locations in Victoria and Tasmania to increase understanding of family violence against immigrant and refugee women. Through interviews with women who had experienced family violence, focus group discussions with community members, interviews with key informants working in a range of services, and a Photovoice project with immigrant and refugee women, ASPIRE generated evidence about the dynamics and contexts of family violence, help-seeking and women’s experiences of relevant services. The ASPIRE Project is a partnership between the University of Melbourne, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health and the University of Tasmania and was funded by Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS).

Cathy Vaughan is a Senior Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Health in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She currently leads research projects working to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women with disability in the Philippines; and to strengthen community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in Victoria and Tasmania. She has previously led projects exploring the impact of female genital cutting on women and families in Victoria, and is currently involved in research into discriminatory acts against young people with disability; employment outcomes for people with disability; and media representations of violence against women. Prior to shifting to academia, Cathy was a global health and development practitioner in the areas of youth health, women’s health, HIV and disability.

Please note new venue: due to popular demand this event will now take place in Room 106 of the Melbourne Law School

Image: photo by Reeta Verman taken as part of the Photovoice component of the ASPIRE research project.