ABOUT KAREN

Karen is researching campaigns globally for the prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

Karen's mission

Karen’s mission is to use her skills and passion for collaborating in partnerships on initiatives for the prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

She hopes to find answers with a multi-disciplinary approach. She’s conducting research and working with specialist practitioners from Griffith’s Social Marketing team and with experts from Griffith Law School and the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science.

Armed with the relevant knowledge, Karen hopes to actively and positively invoke and promote cooperation with a ‘Whole of Community’ approach to see what it can achieve in the prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

Her main project

Karen is researching campaigns globally for the prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

In Australia alone, at least one woman a week is killed by her current or former partner. The impact of Domestic and Family Violence is not just confined to partners, but extends to the children and other family members, and the effects are long-enduring.

Domestic and Family Violence knows no boundaries and can occur in all countries, communities and relationships. In the way that Domestic and Family Violence knows no boundaries, the same can be said for love and art. Italy delivers several initiatives to its communities using the narrative of love and art. Karen is exploring the ‘That’s not love’ campaign of the State Police who set up mobile units in towns and cities across Italy on days like Valentine’s Day, and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

She is also exploring Red Bench seat projects where emerging artists and school children paint bench seats with symbols, messages of love and contact details for support agencies for victims of Domestic and Family Violence.

She is hoping to determine what may work to reduce the impact of Domestic and Family Violence.

Her motivation

Karen has indomitable energy to dedicate to her research and to work with others to make things happen. She is resourceful and seeks to form partnerships for mutual benefit. She is focussed on her projects and likes to tick off her lists of tasks accomplished; done, done and done.

“If we have the capacity to promote change, we should.” Karen admires everyday people, who have turned their experiences around to become advocates for change, such as Daniel Morecombe’s parents with their Keeping Children Safe in Australia campaign and Dolly Everett’s parents, where Dolly became the face of a nationwide anti-bullying campaign.

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