The Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) at UNSW Sydney is one of Australia’s leading research hubs for investigating, exploring and finding solutions to prevent gendered violence.

Here’s a snapshot of publications and research findings related to domestic, family and sexual violence and work prepared by the GVRN or its predecessor, the Centre of Gender-Related Violence studies, which housed the Australian and Domestic Family Violence Clearinghouse.

The Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) is working in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) to increase awareness and understanding of economic and financial abuse in the community and industry. This partnership has resulted in a research series exploring the current knowledge of economic and financial abuse in Australia.

  • Domestic and Family Violence 

    Sexual Assault 



  • Jan Breckenridge
    Professor and Head of the School of Social Sciences and Convenor, Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW

    Professor Jan Breckenridge is Head of the School of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture’s academic lead of the Gendered Violence Research Network.

    She is a Research Fellow with the Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW and is a founding member of the International Research Consortium on Financial Abuse including scholars from Rutgers University and the Women and Child Abuse Studies Unit at North London University. 

    Jan’s knowledge and reputation in this field is well established and has been developed through extensive original research in the specific areas of child sexual abuse and gendered violence. She has always oriented her research towards maximum impact in innovative social policy development, best practice service provision and outcome measurement of effectiveness. 

    In particular, Jan has undertaken substantial research in the effects of and responses to domestic, family, and sexual violence on organisations in different contexts across Australia and the Asia Pacific. Jan has a Bachelor of Social Studies (Hons) USyd and a PhD UNSW.

    Mailin Suchting
    Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW

    Mailin is the Manager of the Gendered Violence Research Network, with a focus on the Gendered Violence & Organisations stream. She has worked in leadership, management, education, and frontline roles shaping public sector policy and responses to the health and justice impact of domestic and family violence, sexual assault, and child physical abuse/neglect on individuals.

    She is specifically interested in the intersections of gender, culture, and sexuality. Her most recent roles have been as Manager Policy, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and Director, Child Protection and Violence Prevention NSW Health (NSW Kids and Families and NSW Ministry of Health). Mailin holds a BSW (Hons) UNSW; MA (Communication and Cultural Studies) WSU; Certificate IV Training and Assessment and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) 2017.

    Tim Wong
    Senior Research Associate, 
    Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW

    Tim provides training, research, and policy analysis skills for the Gendered Violence Research Network. He is a registered psychologist who has worked in both government and non-government organisations as a direct care worker supporting people with disabilities, an educator and counsellor specialising in sexuality and disability issues, a Professional Member of the Guardianship Tribunal NSW, and for over 15 years, as a psychologist with people with HIV. He was an accredited counsellor with the Victims Compensation Tribunal providing psychological intervention and support to people who experienced sexual and physical assaults. Since completing his PhD, he has worked in the Schools of Psychology and Medicine at the University of Western Sydney, as Manager of Advocacy and Resources at Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, and the Schools of Medicine and Social Sciences at UNSW before joining the Gendered Violence Research Network. Tim has a BA (Psych) MacqU, MA (Psych) USyd, MA (Couns) MacqU, and PhD (Psych) WSU.

    Sara Singh
    Research Assistant, 
    Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW

    Sara Singh is a Research Assistant at the Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN), UNSW. She has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (BCCJ; Hons) from UNSW and has worked across various research projects in the fields of criminology and social work. She is interested in research aimed at informing policy development and best practice responses to individuals and communities impacted by gendered violence and has undertaken research in areas such as domestic and family violence, and economic and financial abuse. In 2020, Sara was awarded a Scientia PhD scholarship. Her PhD research explores perceptions and experiences of dowry and dowry abuse of women from Indian communities in Australia.

    Georgia Lyons
    Research Assistant, 
    Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW

    Georgia Lyons works as a Research Assistant at the Gendered Violence Research Network. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons 1) and Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from UNSW. She has worked on a range of projects aimed at improving policy and outcomes for individuals and communities affected by gender-based violence, exploring issues such as economic and financial abuse in Australia, best practice responses to domestic and family violence within the insurance industry, the intersections between mental health and sexual assault and abuse, and sexual harassment within the legal profession. She has skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

    Melanie Burton
    Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW

    Melanie is currently a researcher for UNSW’s Gendered Violence Research Network in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture. Melanie completed her PhD in Law in 2020 from UNSW Sydney.

    Melanie trained as a clinical psychologist in New Zealand before moving to Australia in 2013 to pursue a career in research. Melanie’s experience as a trainee psychologist at the Department of Corrections in New Zealand sparked an interest in Criminology research, particularly in the domains of sexual violence and violent offending. This led her to pursue a PhD in Law, examining the perpetration of undetected intrafamilial child sexual abuse through the self-report of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. 

    Following two years working at the Brain and Mind Research Institute on a longitudinal Vietnam veterans family health study, she began working at the Gendered Violence Research Network in 2015. Melanie has gained experience overseeing and undertaking primary research, secondary data analyses, and evaluation studies. She is experienced in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Her main areas of research interest are sexual violence, perpetration and victimisation, domestic and family violence and related policy.

    Melanie has also tutored in Psychology at the University of Otago in New Zealand and in Criminology at UNSW.

    Natasha Dubler
    Research Assistant, 
    Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW

    Natasha Dubler is a Research Assistant with UNSW’s Gendered Violence Research Network specialising in qualitative in-depth methodologies, participatory research methods and policy analysis. She has a BA in Gender and Sexuality studies (ANU, Hons I) and a BA (UTS). She is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at UNSW Art & Design researching participatory sound and installation art with Prof. Anna Munster and Dr. Adam Hulbert.


Mailin Suchting 
Manager, Gendered Violence Research Network 

UNSW Sydney
T: +61 2 9065 8339 

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