- Michael Flood with media at NCAS launch 2014
- MIchael Flood, Pacific Regional Dialogue on Engaging Men – Fiji 2019
QUT Centre for Justice research contributes to the work of preventing domestic and sexual violence
Associate Professor Michael Flood’s research has had a significant influence on policy, practice, and programming in the field of the primary prevention of domestic and sexual violence. His work has had pioneering impacts on three overlapping areas: violence prevention policy and programming, respectful relationships education in schools and universities, and efforts to engage men and boys in particular in prevention.
Flood’s most influential impact is perhaps his direct contribution to the national framework for the prevention of violence against women and children which now guides prevention policy and practice both nationally and in all Australian states and territories. Change the Story is a ground-breaking framework for prevention, released in 2015. Dr Flood co-authored the review which provided a key foundation for this authoritative framework. Flood’s expertise also has been instrumental in the development of curricula, evaluation frameworks, interventions, and policy regarding violence prevention.
A second key area of Flood’s public impact is via his co-authorship of two influential frameworks for healthy relationships education in schools and other settings: Respectful Relationships Education (2009) and National Standards for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Assault through Education (2009). Flood’s work on respectful relationships education has shaped the design and implementation of numerous respectful relationships programs in schools and among young people.
Flood’s work also has had a profound impact on efforts to engage men and boys in the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. Such efforts are a growing presence in the violence prevention field, and Flood’s work has had a distinct and demonstrable impact on this work. Flood’s research, including his book Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention (2018), is described as guiding a range of Australian prevention projects.
Flood’s work has influenced social change curricula, campaigns, and frameworks in a variety of international contexts. He has been commissioned by a series of national organisations in Australia to write research-based reports to inform their work. He has had direct input into national-level policy forums including the Royal Commission into Family Violence (2016) and Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Summit (2018).
The impact of Associate Professor Flood’s research and engagement is the focus of a QUT webpage here.