DR Laura Tarzia

DR Laura Tarzia


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



  • Laura is an ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow in the Department of General Practice. She is deputy lead of the Sexual Abuse and Family Violence (SAFE) 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). She is also affiliated with the Centre for Family VIolence Prevention at the Royal Women's Hospital and the NHMRC Safer Families Centre for Research Excellence. Laura has a background in sociology, with an emphasis on qualitative methodologies.

    Laura's work focuses on sexual violence and domestic violence against women, including the use of technology as a form of early intervention and support. She is currently leading the “Beyond Silence” project which aims to understand women's experiences of intimate partner sexual violence, and develop a world-first trauma informed website for support. She also works across a range of other projects with an emphasis on women's lived experience of violence, the prevalence and health effects of different types of sexual violence, and the health system response to women who have experienced violence. She is developing new research programs focusing on reproductive coercion (women’s and health practitioner experiences) and examining the sexual and intimate partner violence experiences of international students. She is also an investigator on the “Better Man” project (funded by a NAB Foundation Grant) which aims to develop and test an innovative early intervention app for men who use violence in relationships.
    Laura is committed to highlighting survivor voices including through innovative mediums such as digital stories. Her work aims to promote evidence based outcomes for women and families experiencing violence.


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