The Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) is a joint initiative of UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture and UNSW Law & Justice. Our network unites UNSW’s significant domestic and international research expertise to respond, prevent and end gendered violence in Australia and beyond.
GVRN is at the forefront of developing solutions to prevent gendered violence – one of the most prevalent human rights violations affecting our world today.
Although studies clearly show that women and children are disproportionately affected, our research explores the impact of gendered violence – also known as ‘gender-based violence’ or ‘gender-related violence’ – on all population groups.
Our team at GVRN pay our respects to the Bidjigal peoples who are the Custodians of the lands on which we work. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians, whose lands, winds and waters we all now share, and pay respect to their unique values, and their continuing and enduring cultures which deepen and enrich the life of our nation and communities. Read more about the UNSW's Indigenous strategy.
We are research leaders in exploring the impact of gendered violence. Our work spans sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, family violence, child sexual abuse and adult survivors, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, gendered misconduct, trafficking for domestic and sexual slavery, and female infanticide.
Our Gendered Violence & Organisations stream offers tailored face-to-face and online training, online short courses and specialised advisory services for employers wanting to address gendered violence in their workplace. Using evidence-based research, we have assisted over 50 private and public organisations throughout Australia and internationally
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Gendered violence is an expression of power and control over individuals or groups because of their gender. It's a broad term that encompasses domestic, family and sexual violence, and includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, and violence among household members, extended families and kinships. ‘Gender-related violence, gender-based violence’ (GBV), ‘sexual and gender-based violence’ (SGBV) and ‘violence against women’ (VAW) are common terms in this field. ‘Gendered misconduct’ and ‘sexual misconduct’ are also used.
While it’s clear that women and children are disproportionately affected, we use ‘gendered violence’ with the acknowledgement that men, women, elders and youth can be victims and perpetrators. We acknowledge that gendered violence can be experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ) people. Gendered violence is not limited to physical or sexual violence – it can include a range of behaviours used to intimidate, coerce, harass and control another person, including financial abuse.
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PLuS Alliance research affiliates
Postgraduate research affiliates
In a unique partnership between King’s College London, UNSW Sydney and Arizona State University, the PLuS Alliance works towards promoting social justice principles and enabling research-led solutions to global challenges including gendered violence.
An annual 16-day blogathon featuring writers and activists reporting on #GenderBasedViolence worldwide as part of the global #16DaysOfActivism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.
For further information about GVRN, our services and how we can tailor our services to the specific needs of your organisation, please contact:
Manager, Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW
T: +61 2 9065 8339