Primary Prevention of Violence against Women: approaches in an Australian multicultural context

Stream: Considering Context: how should we adapt methodologies and intervention strategies for different jurisdictions, communities and countries?
Date: Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Time: 10.15 am – 11.45 am


This paper will examine the ways that specific historical and political contexts frame the concept of primary prevention of violence against women, with a specific focus on Australia as a country of migration established through British colonisation. Using an intersectional approach, the paper will explore the different meanings that gender equity has in different contexts, taking into account structural and cultural factors, and how these meanings impact on women's experiences of violence. Drawing on experiences of women from immigrant and refugee backgrounds in particular, the paper will consider the interplay between global, national and local experiences of gender in Australia, and suggest that primary prevention interventions must negotiate these shifting contexts in order to reach the significant population of immigrants and refugees in Australia. The paper will also suggest some implications for research and practice.


Adele Murdolo (Presenter), Executive Director, Multicultural Centre for Women's Health
Dr Adele Murdolo is the Executive Director of the Multicultural Centre for Women's Health, a national advocacy, research and health promotion agency, promoting the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women. Adele holds a PhD in women’s studies and history. She has a research and advocacy interest in immigrant and refugee women’s political activity and identity, sexual and reproductive health, immigration detention and violence against women.