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Webinar: <br>Listen up! Hear from young people about their understandings of domestic violence

Listen up! Hear from young people about their understandings of domestic violence

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Monday, 20th June 2022
  • Webinar – AEST

The 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS) found that although young people have a good overall understanding of domestic violence, in particular its physical forms, there were also some “areas of concern” within young people’s understandings.

To better understand these findings, the ANROWS qualitative research study “It depends on what the definition of domestic violence is”: How young people conceptualise domestic violence and abuse explores how young people define and make sense of domestic violence in their own terms.

Facilitated by Body Safety Australia and featuring a panel of young people passionate about preventing violence against women, this webinar unpacks the report’s findings and their implications for policy and practice.

By centring young people’s voices and knowledge of domestic violence, this research and webinar will be of value for policymakers and practitioners developing relevant, consistent and effective education, policy and primary prevention initiatives aimed at preventing and reducing violence against women.

There will also be a live Q&A.

The webinar is open to anyone and free to attend. Live captioning will be available for the webinar.

A recording of the webinar will also be available on the ANROWS website.

Enquiries: rachel.pow@anrows.org.au

Disclaimer: ANROWS webinars bring together a diverse range of speakers on a particular topic, informed by the evidence-base, lived expertise, and policy and practice knowledge. The views expressed by speakers or other third parties in ANROWS webinars and any subsequent materials, are those of the speaker or third-party and not, necessarily, of ANROWS.



Deanne Carson
CEO and Founder of Body Safety Australia and Lauren French, Lead Educator, Body Safety Australia
Deanne is the CEO and founder of Body Safety Australia, a charity established in 2015 to promote childhoods free from violence where children enjoy equitable and respectful relationships. Deanne has developed programs for Body Safety Australia that support child wellbeing, from abuse prevention to respectful relationships and gender equity. All of Deanne’s classes and workshops are inclusive of same-sex attracted and sexuality and gender diverse young people and their families. They celebrate young people from all family structures, cultures and faiths, and are inclusive of varying abilities and needs. Deanne’s work has been featured in The Age, The Herald Sun, SBS Insight, Kidspot, ABC Radio and Preschool Matters.

Lauren French 
Lead Educator, Body Safety Australia
Lauren is a proud Karajarri women who grew up on Larrakia lands in the Northern Territory, and is now living on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne. She is a sexologist, educator and social change-maker who works in many different capacities. Lauren is a lead educator with Body Safety Australia, a not-for-profit organisation centred around prevention of childhood sexual abuse as well as teaching sexuality education. She is passionate about working with children of all ages, as well as parents and teachers, in building confidence around preventing abuse. As an Aboriginal woman, Lauren feels privileged to be able to support communities and families like her own in areas that are so often under-supported.


Dr Erin Carlisle
Senior Research Officer, ANROWS
Dr Erin Carlisle is a Senior Research Officer within the NCAS Research Program at ANROWS, and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wollongong. Erin led two iterations of the annual Mission Australia Youth Survey and was co-coordinator for a group within the Australian Sociological Association prior to joining ANROWS. A sociologist and educator by training, she has authored and co-authored numerous research papers over the past 10 years on a range of topics such as sexual and domestic violence, community attitudes, and the experiences and concerns of young people. Erin has travelled widely to deliver research findings – from Melbourne and Canberra to Prague, Perth and even Whyalla! – to diverse audiences such as academics, policymakers, practitioners, educators and young people. Along with her PhD in sociology, Erin has received several awards and commendations through her training and professional work including a Junior Scholar Prize from the European Sociological Association, First Class Honours, and the Flinders University Medal.

Alesha Saeed
R4Respect Youth Ambassador
Alesha is of Pakistani background. She graduated from high school last year and is currently studying secondary education. She loves to paint and recently joined R4Respect, an organisation which focuses on prevention of domestic violence by going to schools, hosting workshops and having conversations with young people. Alesha is passionate about preventing domestic violence and believes it is a huge issue affecting young people. Starting conversations about domestic violence and the different forms it can come in is the first step to helping to fight and stop domestic violence.

Zac Tuialli
Men4Respect Youth Ambassador
Zacharia Miracle Afa Tuialii also goes by Zac. He hails from the beautiful island of Samoa and considers himself just as Aussie as the next person. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and has been a part of the domestic violence space for two years. He is a youth worker who facilitates workshops with young men on how to be healthier and more respectful in their communities. Simply put, his work empowers young men to be better men.

Jean Lewis
Youth Commissioner, Wellbeing Health & Youth Commission, Western Sydney University
Jean is a Multicultural Youth Affairs Network NSW Ambassador, a member of Youth Action’s “Outburst” Western Sydney advocacy group, and a Wellbeing, Health & Youth Commissioner within Western Sydney University’s Young and Resilient Research Centre. Jean is a young, queer woman of colour who lives in Western Sydney. She is studying a Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology and Criminology). She’s articulate, bold and brilliant.

Malika (she/her)
Queensland Family and Child Commission Youth Advisory Council
Malika is a passionate advocate for gender equality and for empowering people of all genders, ethnicities and backgrounds to respect women’s rights. Malika also advocates for better mental health education for young people through better access to services and would like to see a national curriculum that caters for students of all sexualities and genders. Malika is also passionate about climate change and sees a need for an awareness or activism program in schools and greater action from large corporations.

Malika has work experience in a law firm and has gained leadership experience through Children’s Rights Queensland’s Young Leaders Challenge and the University of Queensland Young ChangeMaker program. At school, Malika is the International and Cultural Prefect, International Student Ambassador, Student Council Representative and President of the Diplomacy Club.

She was awarded The Duke of Edinburgh International Award (Bronze, working on Silver) and received academic honours in maths, business, economics and modern history.

Malika hails from Long Xuyen, An Giang Province, Vietnam. She joined the QFCC Youth Advisory Council in 2020.

Tatum Kenna
Graphic Recorder, Digital Storytellers
Tatum is passionate about helping businesses communicate ideas creatively. By combining a unique skillset of artistry, business communications and synthesis, Tatum translates complex ideas into simple and compelling visuals in real time. With a bachelor’s degree in business communications and over nine years’ experience, Tatum has captured conversations globally for leading organisations in both the public and private sectors. Tatum is one of Australia’s leading graphic recorders and is active in developing the industry as vice-president and content curator of Graphic Recorders Australia.


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