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Domestic and family violence and the workplace: Accounting for complexity and context.

Wednesday 25 August 2021, 1PM - 2PM

Online (MS Teams)

The roles and responsibilities of organisations in relation to domestic and family violence (DFV) have become a focus of policy, both nationally and internationally. Recent academic scholarship offers new frameworks for understanding the complexity of relationships between women, work and violence. This online research seminar brings together two scholars, Associate Professor Tracy Wilcox, UNSW Business School, UNSW, and Dr Kate Farhall, CPOW Honorary Research Fellow, RMIT University, whose recent work challenges us to think about these relationships in new ways and to broaden our approaches.

This is an online event. Registrants will be emailed a link to join the session 48 hours prior to the start date.


Interfaces of Domestic Violence and Organisation, Tracy Wilcox

It is now well-recognised that domestic violence transcends the ‘domestic’ sphere and impacts a range of context including organisation and work. Organisations can reproduce or transform the structured power relations that enable domestic violence. In this presentation Tracy discusses the interfaces through which domestic violence and organisations can be viewed, and provides an agenda for future research.

Women, work and violence in non-metropolitan contexts, Kate Farhall

Communities outside of large cities face unique spatial, social and economic challenges. Yet, we know little about how these factors shape the intersection of domestic and family violence (DFV) and work. This presentation explores the specific barriers and challenges to workplace responses to DFV that exist in non-metropolitan contexts and notes opportunities and initiatives to create positive change in non-metropolitan contexts.

About the speakers

Tracy Wilcox (pictured left) is an Associate Professor at UNSW Business School Australia, and Academic Director for Postgraduate Programs. Tracy is also Section Editor with the Journal of Business Ethics. Tracy has been teaching and researching business ethics for over 15 years, with particular interest in ethical management practice. She has received several teaching awards for her work in business ethics education.

Kate Farhall (pictured right) completed a postdoctoral fellowship in CPOW at RMIT University in 2020 and now works in government. Her work focuses on using critical feminist analyses to address gender inequality in a range of contexts, with a particular focus on questions of sexuality and violence against women. Kate’s primary postdoctoral research examined how non-metropolitan experiences and geographies impact the intersection of domestic and family violence and work. Her other major projects reflect her expertise in feminist theory, regional perspectives, better work and media analysis.

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