Research

  • Research interests

    • Gender Based Violence and men’s responsibility
    • Men’s violence against women and children
    • Men’s behaviour change programs
    • Police and community integrated responses to family violence
    • Group work and applications of Personal Construct Theory
    • Responses to men’s violence in developing countries
    • Supporting the networklearning.org website for NGOs in developing countries
    • Encouraging reflection in the welfare sector, using the Practice Reflexions Journal.
    • Developing practice based research and evaluation methodologies
    • Models of rehabilitation for incarcerated sex offenders

    Current research projects

    • Chief Investigator (CI) on an ARC Linkage project (2007-13) with the University of Melbourne, Victoria Police, Department of Human Services, Department of Victorian Communities and the Department of Justice, titled ‘Family Violence Reform: Using knowledge to Develop and Integrate Policy and Practice’. This project is now more widely known as SAFER (Safety and Accountability in Families: Evidence and Research).
    • Principal Investigator on the Badilika (change) Research Project with incarcerated sex offenders in Kenya. A collaboration with Coast Women in Development, Pwani GBV Network and the Shimo la Tewa Rehabilitation Centre. http://www.coastwomen.org/coastwomen/CWID_Design/index.php
    • CI in the ‘Stories of Safety’ Project about issues of safety and concern for people with disabilities living in group homes. A collaboration with Dept. of Human Services and Scope, in Gippsland.
    • CI in the Gippsland Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women Evaluation (2013-15),  A collaboration with Gippsland Women’s Health Service.

    Postgraduate supervision

    Chris currently co-supervises three students doing PhD research in the following area:

    • men’s violence against women
    • community policing in Bangladesh (AusAID scholar)
    • gender based violence in Bangladesh (AusAID scholar)