AIDR Recovery Matters Webinar Series

Family violence in recovery


2.00-3.00pm AEDT, 11 March 2021


Recovery Matters webinars get to the heart of key issues that are important in disaster recovery. Join the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience as we invite expert speakers to share what they know and help us move forward with recovery.

Family violence in recovery

Family violence is a ‘hidden disaster’ that can continue to impact communities long after the fire front has passed or floodwaters have receded. So what does research tell us about peoples’ experience of violence after disasters and how do gender dynamics come into play?

Join experts associated with the Gender and Disaster Pod to unpack this important topic and build your understanding.


Guest speakers:

Dr Debra Parkinson, Gender and Disaster (GAD) Pod

Dr Debra Parkinson is a researcher for WHIN & WHGNE, and Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University. Her work over the past decade has focused on gendered experiences of disasters. In 2015, Debra was awarded the ‘Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Thesis Award’ for her PhD on domestic violence after the Black Saturday bushfires. That same year, the GAD Pod was established by WHGNE, WHIN & MUDRI with Debra as manager. The collaboration has received state, national and international awards, and the GAD Pod team has developed a range of resources for the emergency management sector including training, checklists, ‘snapshots’ and postcards.

Steve O’Malley AFSM, Fire Rescue Victoria

Steve O’Malley is a Leading Firefighter and Diversity and Inclusion Officer with Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV). He has been an operational Firefighter for more than 32 years and is a graduate in the study of Human Rights. Steve is a Board and Honorary Life Member of Women and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA), a foundation member of the Emergency Management Victoria ‘Gender and Disaster’ taskforce and an FRV Family Violence Contact Officer. Steve is a long-standing presenter and advocate for prevention of violence against women and gender equity.


Webinar Host:

Amanda Leck, AIDR Executive Director


Who should attend?

Anyone with a role or interest (paid or voluntary) in supporting disaster recovery is welcome to attend.
Recovery Matters webinars will assist people who are newer to recovery to learn from experts as they get up-to-speed with good practice, and more experienced recovery workers to build, refresh and reflect on their practice as applied in current circumstances.

Are you interested in sharing your expertise?

Please email to register your interest in speaking at a future Recovery Matters webinar.