Mark is an Educator at the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, CQUniversity and has extensive experience working with users of violence and delivering behavioural change programs to a range of audiences with a variety of complex needs.
He is a dynamic trainer who has most recently been involved in the development and delivery of the training associated with the Common Risk and Safety Framework. Mark is a strong supporter for targeted brief interventions that hold at their centre the consistent use of the language of accountability, and is also currently a member of the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board.
Interactive big issues session
Gender and violence: A Healthy discussion
Presenting with Prof Annabel Taylor
Saturday 1 September | View program for more details
In Queensland, as is the case globally, women are overrepresented as victims of violence. Such violence usually occurs in their own homes and at the hands of a man known to them. This intimate partner violence (IPV) is often referred to as domestic violence (DV), and is the most prevalent form of violence against women (VAW) in Australia. The WHO clinical and policy guidelines: Responding to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women (2013) recognise that VAW is now accepted as a serious public health issue. However the critical role that health-care providers can play in responding to victims of IPV has been poorly understood or accepted. Many feel ill-equipped to deal with this problem, since this was not part of their training. The WHO guidelines suggest that to assume their roles in the public health continuum it is necessary to “sensitise” health care professionals to the issue and provide them with knowledge and skills necessary to respond appropriately to those experiencing, and perpetrating, IPV. This interactive session will enable participants to explore attitudes and practices relevant to the field of gendered violence, with a focus on enhancing their knowledge of responses to IPV.