Prof. Kerry Carrington: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women #CSW63

Our very own Head of School, Professor Kerry Carrington, is speaking at the United Nations 63rd Commission on the Status of Women NGO Sessions in New York today.  Kerry will present with a member of her research team and QUT PhD student, Maria Victoria Puyol.

Kerry will present her research findings into women’s only police stations in Argentina and their impact on preventing gendered violence.  This is a practical and successful response to the United Nations sustainable development goal to eliminate violence against women.

Kerry appeared on ABC Radio National Law Report on 19 March to talk about her research.  Listen to her interview here

You can download the presentation here

Amazing research impact.  Congratulations Kerry from all of us at QUT School of Justice.

 

 

 

 

Presentation: Reflections on women, men, sexual violence and #MeToo

(L-R) Police Commissioner Ian Stewart; Director, CJSDRC Professor Melissa Bull; Professor James W. Messerschmidt; Belinda Cox and Associate Professor Michael Flood

Last night QUT’s CJSDRC hosted two leading international scholars who reflected on the #MeToo movement and the promise and pitfalls of current efforts to end sexual violence, and the role of men in sexual violence prevention.

Distinguished University Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Criminology Department at the University of Southern Maine, USA, James W. Messerschmidt and our own Associate Professor Michael Flood drew on their experiences as scholars and activists in the gender violence field to lead a provocative workshop that asked,  What does #MeToo mean for men and women? How should men and women respond? What roles in particular can men play in building a community free of sexual violence and abuse? What does the research tell us is effective in engaging men in this work? More widely, what are the strengths and limitations of #MeToo as a way of organising against sexual violence?

Unsurprisingly this stimulated animated discussion between the presenters and the nearly 100 workshop participants who included practitioners who work with offenders and victims, legal advocates, police, academics, community members and white ribbon ambassadors. The workshop demonstrated that while #MeToo might not be the answer, it has simulated new and important conversations that could contribute to the prevention of a disturbingly prevalent and serious social problem.

Building violence prevention expertise in Canada

Tuval Dinner Nafshi (L), Terry Crews (M) and Michael Flood (R) in Edmonton, Alberta at the Leading Change Summit

CJSDRC member, Associate Professor Michael Flood had a highly productive trip to Canada in February, providing two keynote conference addresses, providing two presentations for state policy-makers, participating in two panel events, and running two workshops for violence prevention practitioners.

Michael was invited to Canada by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters and SHIFT: The Project to End Domestic Violence based at the University of Calgary. He gave the opening keynote address at the Leading Change Summit hosted by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (Edmonton, Alberta), the first conference in Western Canada on violence prevention. His address was titled, “Engaging Men & Boys: Learnings from Down Under and All Over”. Michael ran two workshops at the conference, the first for state-level policy makers in Alberta and the second for government staff, both on violence prevention. He participated in a plenary panel event on pornography with Terry Crews, the actor and sexual assault advocate.

Michael also gave the keynote address at a separate conference, the Third Annual Canadian Women in Management Conference (Toronto), speaking on “Engaging Men to Become Allies for Women in the Workplace”. He participated in a panel event at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto titled Men in Charge? Masculinities, Power and Politics in the #Metoo Era.

Michael then went on to Calgary, providing two workshops hosted by SHIFT: The Project to End Domestic Violence, with one to the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective and the other to the Engaging Men in Violence Prevention/Gender Equality Learning Collaborative. Finally, Michael gave two TV and two radio interviews.

Migrant women and technology-facilitated domestic abuse 

Book: Good Data

Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre member Dr Monique Mann, along with former QUT Law colleagues Drs Angela Daly and S. Kate Devitt, recently published the open access edited text Good Data.

In response to the totalising datafication of society, there has been a significant critique regarding ‘bad data’ practices. The book Good Data proposes a move from critique to imagining and articulating a more optimistic vision of the datafied future. Good Data examines and proposes ‘good data’ practices, values and principles from an interdisciplinary, international perspective. From ideas of data sovereignty and justice, to manifestos for change and calls for activism, this edited collection opens a multifaceted conversation on the kinds of digital futures we want to see. The book presents concrete steps on how we can start realising good data in practice, and move towards a fair and just digital economy and society.

The Good Data book was launched (via QR code) on Thursday the 24th of January in Amsterdam in collaboration with the publisher Institute of Network Cultures (INC Amsterdam) and the ERC funded research programme DATACTIVE at the University of Amsterdam. Around 150 people attended the event where Monique Mann introduced the book, alongside a panel of contributors who discussed their chapters.

The book can be found here for free download (in various formats):

The Institute of Network Cultures has published a series of blogposts from Good Data authors summarising their Good Data interventions, including a post by the editors outlining 15 principles of Good Data, which can be found here:

Genders and Sexualities Research Forum invitation

Genders and Sexualities Research Forum invitation

Join us for our inaugural showcase of QUT researchers working in the area of diverse genders and sexualities. Five minute presentations will be followed by an opportunity for Q&A, with networking from 10:45am.

Thursday 14 March
10:00am to 12:00pm
The Cube, QUT Gardens Point Campus

Speaking program:
• Gender, Sexuality, and Digital Inclusion: Dr Elija Cassidy, Digital Media Research Centre, Creative Industries Faculty
• Genders and sexualities in education: Dr Lisa van Leent, School of Teacher Education and Leadership, Faculty of Education
• Queering Criminology: Associate Professor Matthew Ball, School of Justice, Faculty of Law
• Man, woman, “other”: Factors associated with non-binary gender identification: Dr Stephen Whyte, School of Economics and Finance, QUT Business School
• Teaching undergraduate health professionals empathy and strategies for engaging with gender diversity of patients: Associate Professor Deborah Starkey, School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health

Please see the attached invitation for more information about each of our speakers.
Register now
This event is hosted by QUT Equity & Student Counselling

Shaping violence prevention practice and policy

Associate Professor Michael Flood gave three presentations, two as keynote speaker, on violence prevention practice and policy in November and December 2018.

Dr Flood provided a keynote address to the Connexions 15th Annual Domestic Violence Conference (Central Coast, NSW, November 26), titled “Engaging men in the prevention of men’s violence against women: How to get men in the door, inspire and mobilise them, and reduce resistance.” He contributed to a panel discussion on the role of men in ending violence against women at Griffith University’s conference, #Be someone who does something: MATE Conference (Gold Coast, November 28-29).

Michael also provided a keynote address to one of the major annual domestic violence conferences in Australia, STOP Domestic Violence Conference Australia (Gold Coast, December 3-5). His presentation was titled “Mobilising men to build gender justice: Strategies for effective movement-building”. Michael explored an important but under-utilised strategy for preventing domestic and sexual violence, community mobilisation. He assessed existing initiatives to mobilise men as violence prevention advocates and outlined the elements of effective community mobilising.

Dr Flood also gave further presentations to audiences of policy makers, including presentations to the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (Brisbane), the Domestic and Family Violence Community of Practice in the Department of Home Affairs (Canberra), and the Office for Women (Canberra).

Research: Young people with cognitive disabilities and their experiences with police

Young people with cognitive disabilities are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. While about 4% of young men and 3% of young women have a cognitive disability in Australia, a much higher proportion of young people in detention (about 14%) has some form of cognitive impairment.

To contribute towards understanding this problem, Dr Kelly Richards (School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology) and Dr Kathy Ellem (School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Queensland) recently undertook interdisciplinary research on young people with cognitive disabilities’ first point of contact with the criminal justice system: the police. Funded by the Queensland Centre for Social Science Innovation, the research drew on the disciplines of criminology, social work and disability studies, and involved interviews with service providers who work with young people with cognitive disabilities in south-east Queensland. The project also sought the views of young people themselves, and for the first time, gave voice to three young people with cognitive disabilities who had been in contact with the police.
The research yielded a number of key insights that make a significant contribution to this under-examined topic:

• Service providers identified the phenomenon of “escalation” – ie, that once in an interaction with police, young people with cognitive disabilities face a range of difficulties exiting or evading police contact in ways that other young people usually successfully manage. Young people with cognitive disability may become highly visible to police and are at heightened risk of cycling in and out of the criminal justice system as offenders.
• Service providers also identified that young people with cognitive disabilities often come into increased contact with police due to the complex constellations of disadvantage that this group commonly experiences, such as homelessness, being in out-of-home care, co-morbid mental health conditions, and poverty. Further, a young person with cognitive disability may present with complex behavioural issues that others close to them find difficult to manage. Parents of young people and youth residential workers have been reported to deliberately involve the police as a strategy to cope with a young person’s challenging behaviours, again leading to increased police contact.
Young people with cognitive disabilities themselves reported in their interviews that being treated by police in ways that are “procedurally just” (ie being able to have a say, being treated with dignity, respect and fairness) enhanced their interactions with police. For example, 18-year-old “Justin” appeared to have a positive experience of citizen participation in his interaction with police. He reported having being supported by his disability worker to make a statement to police about a physical assault he had experienced. He reported that the police were “nice”, gave him time to explain things and directed some questions to his disability support worker, which he found helpful.
Findings from the study underscore the urgent need for better non-criminal justice supports for families of young people with cognitive disabilities, skill development in staff of youth services to better respond to complex behaviours of young people, as well as improved police training on issues of both youth and disability. The authors have recently been invited to present their research to Queensland‘s Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

Publications from the research:
Richards, K., Ellem, K., Grevis-James, N. and Dwyer, A. (2017) Young people with cognitive impairments’ interactions with police in Queensland: A report to the Queensland Centre for Social Science Innovation. Brisbane: https://eprints.qut.edu.au/109470/

Ellem, K. and Richards, K. (2018) Police contact with young people with cognitive disabilities: Perceptions of procedural (in)justice. Youth Justice: An International Journal https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1473225418794357

Richards, K. and Ellem, K. (2018) Young people with cognitive impairments and overrepresentation in the criminal justice system: Service provider perspectives. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15614263.2018.1473771

Book, Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention


Associate Professor Michael Flood has published a new book, Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention.

Across the globe, violence prevention initiatives focused on men and boys are proliferating rapidly. Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention highlights effective and innovative strategies for the primary prevention of domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of harassment and abuse. It combines research on gender, masculinities, and violence with case studies from a wide variety of countries and settings. Through the cross-disciplinary examination of these varied efforts, this work will enable advocates, educators, and policy-makers to understand, assess, and implement programs and strategies which involve men and boys in initiatives to prevent violence against women.

The book is available from: https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137442109

Citation:

Flood, M. (2018). Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.