From Counting Dead Women to First Response
In Australia, up to 40% of all homicides each year are committed by an intimate partner or family member and on average one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. Women are more likely than men to experience violence in their home, with one in six Australian women experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner since age 15. Behind these dire, frequently quoted statistics lies the hidden toll in terms of the devastating and generational impacts on families and communities. We know that co-occurring mental health, substance use and previous violence can be salient factors, however this is not the full picture. We also need to consider the convergence of social and structural determinants, as well as service responses that can be inequitable, ineffective and contribute to re-traumatisation.
Patricia’s research has evolved from this context and combines analysis of trajectories with identifying opportunities for multi-sectoral intervention and trauma-informed responses. Drawing on research experiences with Counting Dead Women Australia, the National Coronial Information System and the First Response project, Patricia will share the emerging findings, and also the (many) emerging questions.
About Dr Patricia Cullen
Patricia Cullen is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW and an Honorary Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health and at Ngarruwan Ngadju First Peoples Health and Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Wollongong. Patricia’s research centers on improving the health and wellbeing of women and young people impacted by injury, violence and trauma with a focus on integrating culturally safe trauma-informed responses across sectors.
Patricia is undertaking a review of family and intimate partner homicide cases from the National Coronial Information System. With Associate Professor Tamara Mackean and Dr Marlene Longbottom, she is co-leading ‘First response: Integrating trauma-informed care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experiencing violence’, which partners with four NSW Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations to investigate how the primary health workforce can be supported to integrate culturally safe trauma-informed care.