Deborah Western

Dr

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Biography

Deborah works in the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University as a Lecturer and Researcher. She is the Coordinator of the Year 1 level of the Master of Social Work course.


Deb has extensive practice experience in the fields of child and family welfare, sexual assault and family violence. She has worked for the peak body for family violence organisations in Victoria (Domestic Violence Victoria) and has researched and published as well as presented at conferences throughout Australia and internationally in relation to practice, management, policy, research and evaluation in the fields of family violence and violence against women more generally. Deb is currently engaged in a number of research projects that are focused on evaluating models of service delivery for women and their children experiencing and/or leaving violence, on examining options for contemporary models of service delivery for women experiencing family violence and evaluating the effectiveness of selected preventing violence against women strategies within a local government area. In 2011 she contributed to the review and evaluation of the Gender Justice theme (which included global violence against women programs and strategies) for the Oxfam International Sense-making exercise. Her doctoral research explored women's experiences of depression and how group work, journalling and methods of consciousness-raising could assist women with their understanding and recovery from depression. Her research interests include feminist practice and research; family violence; prevention of violence against women; evaluation of violence against women programs and strategies; gender analysis; and women and mental health.

Keywords

  • Feminism
  • feminist research
  • Women
  • mental health
  • depression
  • gender
  • gender analysis
  • feminist practice
  • violence against women
  • family violence

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Projects 2012 2018

Research Output 2011 2019

Preventing Violence Against Women: Researching the development and evolution of an integrated culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community family violence project

Western, D. & Varley, C., 2018, The Routledge Handbook of Community Development Research. Shevellar, L. & Westoby, P. (eds.). Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 99-114 16 p. (Routledge International Handbooks).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Staff conceptualisations of elder abuse in residential aged care: A rapid review

Radermacher, H., Toh, Y. L., Western, D., Coles, J., Goeman, D. & Lowthian, J., Dec 2018, In : Australasian Journal on Ageing. 37, 4, p. 254-267 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Women and domestic and family violence

Western, D., 2018, Social Work Practice in Health: An introduction to contexts, theories and skills. Petrakis, M. (ed.). Crows Nest NSW: Allen & Unwin, p. 83-99 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

Evaluation of the Northern Region Prevention of Violence Against Women Strategy 2011-2016: Final Evaluation Report

Western, D., Mar 2017, Thornbury Victoria Australia: Women's health in the North. 52 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearch

Activities 2017 2018

  • 2 Peer review responsibility
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board
  • 1 Consultancy

AASW Family Violence Steering Committee (External organisation)

Deborah Western (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Bayside-Peninsula Integrated Family Violence Partnership (External organisation)

Deborah Western (Member), Rosemary Burrell (Chair/Co-Chair)
2018Dec 2018

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

Australian Journal of Social Work (Journal)

Deborah Western (Peer reviewer)
20172018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Journal (Journal)

Deborah Western (Peer reviewer), Elizabeth Beddoe (Editor in chief)
20172018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility