• Domestic violence
  • Intimate partner sexual violence
  • Qualitative research
  • Sexual violence
  • Technological interventions for domestic/sexual violence



  • Laura is a Research Fellow and ARC DECRA Fellow in the Department of General Practice. She is deputy lead of the Researching Abuse and Violence program, a member of the Melbourne research Alliance to End ViolencE against women and their children (MAEVe) and a Fellow with the Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI). Laura has a background in sociology, with an emphasis on qualitative methodologies. Her work focuses on domestic and sexual violence against women, as well as the use of technology as a strategy for early intervention and response.

    Laura coordinates the I-DECIDE project (ARC Discovery Grant, Kelsey Hegarty) which aims to develop and evaluate an online healthy relationship tool and safety decision aid for women experiencing domestic violence. She is an investigator on the WITH Study which examines trauma-informed care for women who have experienced both mental health issues and sexual violence (funded by Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety, and on an ARC Linkage project with colleagues from journalism, social work and sociology that explores media reporting of violence against women. She is the lead investigator on the PROSPER project (MDHS Early Career Researcher Grant), which examines the prevalence and health outcomes of unwanted sexual contact in women attending Australian general practices. In 2017 she will commence development of an evidence-based, trauma-informed website for women who have experienced intimate partner sexual violence, funded by the Australian Research Council.

    Laura supervises at Honours, Scholarly Selective and PhD level.



Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • "I want to feel like I'm not the only one": An Online Repository of Survivor Stories from Women Experiencing Domestic Violence. Melbourne Networked Society Institute C-Lab Development Fund 2015   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2009
  • PGradDipArts(Socio), University of Melbourne 2004
  • GradDipArts(Socio), University of Melbourne 2003
  • BCA, University of Melbourne 2002

Awards and honors

  • Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Melbourne, 2005


Available for supervision

  • Y