Constructions of complex trauma and implications for women’s wellbeing and safety from violence


WED 9 OCT 2019

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2:00pm - 3:00pm AEDT



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About the Webinar

This webinar presents the findings of a two year ANROWS-funded study examining current understandings and responses to complex trauma. While the problems of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse are often discussed and addressed as discrete social problems, they cluster in the lives of women with complex trauma in ways that can render women a ‘poor fit’ for existing services. In our study, we interviewed 41 women with complex trauma about their understandings of “complex trauma” and their experiences seeking care and support. We also interviewed 63 professionals about their understandings of “complex trauma” and experiences with complex trauma clients.

This one hour webinar will:

  • examine the similarities and differences between women’s and professional’s understandings of complex trauma, and the state of service delivery across health, welfare and legal settings with a focus on barriers to collaborative support.
  • present a ‘best practice’ model of service delivery for women with complex trauma and a blueprint for policy reform at the Commonwealth and state level.


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Dr Michael Salter

Dr Michael Salter is a Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of New South Wales. His research is focused on child abuse and gendered violence, including primary prevention, complex trauma and technologically-facilitated abuse. He is the author of two books, Organised Sexual Abuse (Routledge, 2013) and Crime, Justice and Social Media (Routledge, 2017), and a range of papers on child abuse and gendered violence.

A/Prof Salter sits on the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, who awarded him the 2018 Morton Prince Award for Scientific Achievement. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Child Abuse Review and expert advisor to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

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